Posted on Jan 22nd, 2013 | 28 comments
Sam Hinn, the brother of famed TV evangelist Benny Hinn, is taking a leave of absence from his Orlando area church because of a supposed long-term affair, according to the Orlando Sentinel. This comes just weeks after another popular Florida pastor resigned over a long-term affair.
According to the Sentinel, Sam Hinn is stepping aside, at least for the next couple of months.:
Sanford Pastor Sam Hinn engaged in a four-year love affair with a member of his congregation before being confronted by his wife and church officials, prompting him to step away from the pulpit, according to the woman’s...
Posted on Jan 22nd, 2013 | 1 comment
Pastor Estate Planning: 68% of pastors aged 18-44 don’t even have a will.
How are you doing on your pastor estate planning? A recent study by LifeWay Research shows that while the majority of pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have a will, nearly 40 percent possess no type of estate planning document at all. And many younger pastors don’t even have a will.
A recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research on behalf of the Southern Baptist Foundation found 37 percent of SBC pastors do not have a trust, will, living will, electronic will, legacy story or durable power of...
Posted on Jan 21st, 2013 | 0 comments
Ron Edmondton writes:
In my job, I hear far more junk than I care to hear. The larger our church gets, the more mess we encounter among the people to whom we minister. We have designed our church to reach hurting people, so we are simply reaching our target audience, but some days it is more difficult than others to hear such sad stories.
One part of the drama of messiness that always frustrates me is how gossip begins about other people’s problems. As if dealing with the consequences of sin is not enough, many times some of the hardest repercussion is the gossip that occurs about the people...
Posted on Jan 21st, 2013 | 0 comments
What does Lance Armstrong have to do with your reputation and redemption? There are some great lessons and learnings here.
Nick Lannon writes about Lance Armstrong: Everyone thinks that their redemption is up to them. Except, maybe, for Travis Tygart. Upon hearing Armstrong’s claim, Tygart allegedly responded, “That’s b-[expletive].” Now Tygart seems to have simply been calling bull-waste on Armstrong’s allusion to redemption in any form, claiming that the cyclist would do and say anything to be allowed to race again. But his initial reaction is accurate. The idea that...
Posted on Jan 19th, 2013 | 3 comments
Matt Steen and I have been busy this year with a new project we’re calling Ministry Briefing. You may remember that last year, I played around with a monthly Ministry Briefing eBook (which will return on February 1). Well, Matt and thought it would be fun to just have regular ‘ministry chats’. Here is a list of some of them we’ve had so far.
We’re not trying to become famous… and you might not like the format… that’s ok. We’re just a couple of church geeks having fun and talking about ‘ministry stuff’. But we do enjoy starting...
Posted on Jan 18th, 2013 | 1 comment
This a unique story about a church that wouldn’t shut up. Even though the community really, really wanted them to.
What responsibility does your church have when you receive complaints from your neighbors? How should you handle those situations?
Matt Steen and I discuss in this edition of Ministry Briefing:
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Posted on Jan 18th, 2013 | 0 comments
If you think your church staff is lazy… then let us suggest that it is YOUR fault they are lazy. Either you hired the wrong people, or your expectations have not been clearly spelled out.
Here’s just one tip: So maybe you’re not calling them to their face, but you’re certainly treating them that way. Ever heard the phrase “self fulfilling prophecy”? When you label an employee in such a manner it almost becomes reality. Despite their best intention a “lazy employee” ends up being just that – lazy. Refrain from the labeling, change your mindset, give them the...
Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 | 18 comments
More troubles for Sovereign Grace ministries folk. This hit the Washington Post today:
A pastor known for promoting corporal punishment has been accused of physically abusing a woman for 25 years, beginning during her childhood.
The Rev. Larry Tomczak, an associate pastor at Bethel World Outreach Church near Brentwood, Tenn., was named in a Maryland lawsuit that was filed against leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries, a denomination Tomczak helped found in the 1980s and later left.
The suit was originally filed in October by three alleged victims of abuse and was amended Friday (Jan. 11) to add five...
Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 | 4 comments
Electronic giving is really taking off for churches all over the country. Many churches are using online giving to supplement the offering plate. Some churches are using giving kiosks in their lobbies.
The truth is… many people just don’t use checks any more.
And another truth: people (especially the next generation) are pretty much joined at the hip with their mobile cell phones.
So… could cell phones eventually replace the offering plate?
At some point in the future, rather than having the ushers coming forward to receive the offering, will you just tell people to pull out...
Posted on Jan 17th, 2013 | 10 comments
How much ‘confidential’ church information do you share with you spouse?
You know… board meeting stuff… who says what… who you’re counseling and what the issues are.
Do you share stuff like that with your wife or not?
It seems that most of the time, there are two different types of people… those that share everything, and those that share nothing.
I’m one of the ‘I share almost everything’ types of guys. My wife is my confidant. She encourages me, and she talks me off the cliff at times.
But I couldn’t keep a sane head if I...
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