Rob Bell’s New Book Promo

Rob Bell has a new book coming out.  Here’s the promo. See if you can figure out what he’s saying: Lots of questions. Hip watch. Cosmic significance. Crying for the divine. Monkeys. Then comes the moment where you sit down at the computer and start typing. He was here to make this. (Whatever that is). Giant Elvis picture. Squirrel. God is pulling us forward into greater peace and integration.  
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You have NOT been called to be a professional, paid pastor

A challenging piece over at A Pilgrim’s Progress today.  Eric writes: When we look in the bible, we see nothing about pastors receiving salaries. The term “pastor” is rarely used (“elder” is much more common). None of the pastors or elders were part of a separate class (the clergy), and none received salaries that exempted them from regular work. Elders were spiritually mature members of the church in a city who came from that city and worked jobs in that city. Some professional pastors might respond to the title of this post by saying that they are certain God has called...
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15 ways to make your church staff feel like crap

OK… Scott uses a nicer way to say this: 15 Proven Ways to Demotivate Your Staff Have you ever been a part of a church staff that made you feel like crap? Where you hated to go to work? Where you were waiting for the next thing to blow up? Chances are, you have at one time or another in your ministry. And the reason:  leaders sometimes, knowingly or unknowingly (although I think it’s almost always knowingly) demotivate their staff.  Here are some ways to do it: When someone complains about a staff member, always assume the complainer has a legitimate beef. Take the complainer’s side...
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How tan is your church treasurer?

Please, please tell me that you have safeguards in place so that this NEVER happens in your church. If your church treasurer has enough access to your money that she pays her tanning bill with church funds, you may have a...
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Angry Pastors and their irrational behavior

  Angry leaders are dangerous.   Dangerous to themselves, those they lead, and to the church.   TJ Addington recently wrote: Few things are more destructive to God’s work than angry Christian leaders. First, when God’s leaders get angry, they often lose all the grace, wisdom and principles they have taught for decades.   The way you deal with frustration, irritation, and relational issues in church ministry will often define you as a leader.   How you handle your anger affects not only you, but the church you lead.   How have YOU seen an angry leader affect a...
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Smart Church leaders do these 5 things

Smart leaders know that learning is the key to staying sharp. A leader who thinks they have no more to learn, won’t be a leader for very long. While most of us understand this, it can be easy for us to close our minds to learning. A recent Inc. Magazine article outlines five practices that smart leaders, and learners, actively employ in their lives: Quiet Your Inner Voice Argue With Yourself Act Like You Are Curious Find the Kernel of Truth Focus on the Message Not the Messenger In this edition of Ministry Briefing, we unpack these habits and attempt to apply them to our own lives. What practices...
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Promiscuous Sitting

Tom Stafford writes: It seems comical now. Strange. But this was in the 1840s, when more traditional Methodists in Springfield were trying to uphold the tradition of men and women sitting on separate sides of the sanctuary. In their attempt to do so, they used what now seems an obviously loaded term for the newfangled idea proposed by those who would abandon same-sex pews: “promiscuous sitting.” Members of Springfield’s High Street United Methodist Church know that in the early 1850s, their pastor, Rev. John Inskip, was the dispute’s national lightning rod. Inskip was first suspended from the...
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Over the line?

I don’t know… Over the line? Or great use of humor? Or somewhere in between? …you tell me? PS – I thought Ed Young would have learned his lesson last year…
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You think your church has it bad…

… a church in Monterrey, Mexico may have it a little worse than you. St. Teresa of Avila Church has set up a ‘traffic light’ warning system for worshippers.  A red light means that someone is being shot outside. According to a newspaper report, a green light during mass is activated from the top of a side door, which means there is no presence of danger on the streets outside the church. They’ve also constructed a concrete wall outside the main building to protect the church.  Here’s a pic: OK… so maybe your church ISN’T so bad afterall. Read more...
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Celebration Church joins New Life Church in merger

Celebration Church in Colorado Springs is joining/merging with New Life Church. It is interesting to see how they’ve worked this out. You can read Pastor Brady Boyd’s thoughts here, or read the official transition faq at Celebration Church’s website. QUESTION:  Do you think we’ll see more church mergers in the near future?  Do you think this is a good thing for the...
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