What the heck is an evangelical?

What the heck is an evangelical?  It seems that everyone has put a different meaning on the word… and now no one is quite sure what it means… Matt Steen and I talk about this from an article by Terry Mattingly: List America’s prominent evangelicals and the Rev. Rick Warren remains near the top, right up there with the Rev. Brian McLaren, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Jim Wallis, the Rev. Tim Keller and others. Evangelicals, of course, have been known to argue about who belongs on that list. In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that the experts are struggling to decide who is and...
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Messed up measurements

Jonathan Falwell on ‘ministry measurements’. In a post over at the Christian Post, here is some of what he had to say: “I believe that we have self-imposed measurements of success that are skewed, that are wrong… The measurements of success are all messed up.” While there is nothing wrong with the “Top 25″ or “Top 100″ largest churches or most influential lists, trying to make it to those lists has forced many pastors to focus on the masses rather than “the one.” “Stop focusing on the ‘big ministry’ and the ‘big...
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Leadership & Church Size Dynamics

One of the most common reasons for pastoral leadership mistakes is blindness to the significance of church size. Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions. There is a “size culture” that profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, and what ministers, staff, and lay leaders do. We tend to think of the chief differences between churches mainly in denominational or theological terms, but that underestimates the impact of size on how a church operates. The difference between how churches of 100 and 1,000 function may be much...
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Religious People

Mark Driscoll pretty much sums up my thoughts on religious people: What do YOU...
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Embattled or Challenged?

What’s the difference between an ‘embattled’ leader and a ‘challenged’ leader in the church? Margaret Marcusun tries to answer this question in a post over at ChurchCentral.com. Here’s part of Margaret’s assessment: What is the difference between a church leader who is embattled, and one who is challenged? From one perspective, nothing is different. Circumstances may look exactly the same: A big budget deficit. Members up in arms. A media frenzy. A staff crisis. And yet. And yet….you can see the difference in the leader’s eyes. Embattled leaders are...
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The Anti-Stereotypical Megachurch

Here are three quotes taken from an article at Chron.com that feature three very prominent megachurch pastors.  See if this kind of flies in the face of what many people think about megachurches:  low involvement, low accountability… Here are the quotes… what do you think? Craig Groeschel on “Christian Atheists”: I believe in God but I want to do whatever the heck I want to do. I want enough of God to keep me out of hell and enough of God to get me into heaven but I don’t want so much of God that it makes me change my lifestyle because at its root I believe in God but I...
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Euthanizing Small Groups

Pastor Brian Jones tells of the response he got from one ‘nationally recognized’ pastor when Brian told him that he hadn’t figured out the whole small group thing yet.  Brian said the pastor’s response was something like this: “Well, Brian, that’s because they don’t work. Small groups are things that trick us into believing we are serious about making disciples. The problem is 90 percent of small groups never produce one single disciple. Ever. They help Christians make shallow friendships, for sure. They’re great at helping Christians feel a tenuous...
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BREAKING: Crystal Cathedral’s new pastor and new money woes

The Crystal Cathedral has named a new senior pastor and has some new money issues… actually, some new SEVERE money issues, due to a new report. Check out this breaking story as Todd Rhoades and Matt Steen discuss on this BREAKING NEWS edition of Ministry Briefing… We’d love to hear your thoughts and...
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Your church staff team needs feedback

Your church staff needs feedback… regular, truthful feedback. In 2012, the Cornerstone OnDemand Survey showed us that 21 million employees would change jobs costing US employers $2 trillion in lost work productivity and other costs associated with employee turnover.  The good news is that this year, turnover overall according to Cornerstone’s research is on the decline by nearly 10 percent down 2 million to just 19 million job hoppers in 2013.  That doesn’t get managers and companies completely off the hook as their findings have uncovered plenty of areas of opportunity when it...
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Ministry Degree vs. Read World Degree? Which is best?

Should you get a ministry degree or a real world degree? That sounds like kind of a weird question… but that’s the question posted to Mark Driscoll recently from a young student pastor wannabe. Here’s the question: I am a freshman at a Christian university. I have felt the Lord call me to prepare for ministry, but I’m still uncertain which major I should dive into. Should I choose a degree that would help me get a good job and provide for a family, or one that will be more applicable in ministry? What Driscoll replied may surprise you. And it’s actually practical (but...
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