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Current Events, Current Events, Start Here
Each week, my friend Matt Steen and I compile the top 50 stories that we think you should be reading in a publication we call Ministry Briefing. Here’s a sampling of FIVE stories from this week’s edition:

Stable Income Is Key to Stable Families

Researchers argue that while some have tried to link shifting family dynamics with a loss in financial stability and job opportunities, they cite a number of studies that demonstrate that job stability is often connected with stable families. One study found that military families, both black and white, tend to be stable with low divorce rates most likely because the variable of income and job searching has been resolved for soldiers. Source: The New Republic

Same Sex Marriage Divides PC(USA) for Upcoming Vote

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is currently debating whether to approve same sex marriage as a denomination. While some groups insist that marriage is only between a man and woman according to scripture, others insist that Jesus didn’t put barriers between anyone and God. Source:  WBIR keep reading

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Current Events, Current Events, Start Here
Each week, my friend Matt Steen and I compile the top 50 stories that we think you should be reading in a publication we call Ministry Briefing.  Here’s a sampling of FIVE stories from this week’s edition:

Majority of Americans Seek Deeper Meaning and Personal Calling

A new Barna poll found that 40% of American Christians have a sense of divine calling in their lives, and 48% of Millennials sense a call to do something else with their lives, but they have yet to make the change. Overall, 75% of American adults are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Source: Barna Research

Church Stops and Cancels Funeral in Progress Because of Same Sex Spouse

Pastor Ray Chavez of New Hope Ministries in Colorado stopped the funeral for Vanessa Collier when he noticed pictures of Collier with her wife, Christina along with their two children, who were 12 and 8. The funeral was cancelled because Chavez refused to officiate a funeral for a gay couple, and the church has yet to reimburse the family for the funeral expenses. Source: Denver Post
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Current Events, Current Events, Start Here
Each week, my friend Matt Steen and I compile the top 50 stories that we think you should be reading in a publication we call Ministry Briefing.  Here’s a sampling of FIVE stories from this week’s edition:

Majority of Americans Identify as Christians

A new study found that 75% of Americans are still self-identifying as Christian, and 8 in 10 saying that they attend religious services. Of those who identify as Christian, half are Protestant and a quarter are Catholic. Of those who use the general classification of “religious,” 90% are Christian. Source: Christianity Today

Voters Nominate the Most Hated Words of 2014

In Lake Superior State University’s 40th annual list of words nominated for banishment by members of the public, over 800 entries were submitted before a final list of words were chosen by the committee based on them being overused or misused. The 2014 list included: bae, hack, foodie, Polar Vortex, enhanced interrogation, and “cra-cra.” Source: Chicago Sun Times keep reading
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Here are 8 things that caught my eye this morning. Most notably:  Yesterday was the first Sunday since the split at the Crystal Cathedral.  Looks like about 100 people left the building to join Sheila Schuller Coleman and Jim Penner’s new church plant.  Attendance at the Cathedral (which changed back to their traditional worship service) rose to about 1,200 (over two services).  Take out all the media, out of town visitors and tourists, and they probably had about a hundred people as well. Anyway… here are some interesting things to get you started in your week…  I’d love to hear your comments below…
Added in Trends on 03/19/2012 Source: The Gospel Coalition
The U.S. mobility rate fell to an all-time low last year when only 11.6 percent of Americans changed residences.
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Added in Productivity & Time Management on 03/19/2012 Source: the99percent.com
Hacking work is all the rage these days, along with tips for managing email, taking notes, and running meetings. But, at a higher level, what can we learn from analyzing the different types of work we do and how we allocate our time?
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Added in on 03/19/2012 Source: LeadershipNow.com
Teachability plays a huge role in determining the health and consequently the success of an organization. Unhealthy organizations are hindered by politics, confusion, and low morale, resulting in low productivity and high turnover.
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Added in Vision & Mission on 03/19/2012 Source: The Gospel Coalition
Trevin Wax writes: This month’s issue of Credo magazine is about missions and the church. I was asked to contribute a definition of “the mission of the church” for inclusion in the magazine. It took me a while to think about how to form a definition that showed the relationship between the church’s identity and mission. In the end, this is the definition I offered…
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Added in Current Events on 03/19/2012 Source: Reuters
After taking a breakaway congregation out of Crystal Cathedral, a daughter of the retired televangelist who built the faltering California mega-church led services on Sunday at a movie theater and urged followers to drop the mudslinging.
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Added in Church Planting on 03/19/2012 Source: MAGSays.com
Talking to church planters … and giving them advice … is often like herding cats. They are fidgety. Thoughts all over the place. Bursting with passion. Ready to charge hell with a water pistol. I love their energy. I hate their inability to focus. Squirrel!
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Added in Lead Pastors on 03/19/2012 Source: The Gospel Coalition
If your ministry relationships will be healthy in God’s sight, you must commit to intentionally planting good seeds into the soil of those relationships. This will take understanding, commitment, discipline, and perseverance.
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Added in For What It’s Worth on 03/19/2012 Source: DJChuang.com
Why does it seem like Christmas is a bigger deal than Easter? I have my own speculations and theories as to the reasons why…
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Added in Technology
To tweet or not to tweet during sermons… that is the question. We all want people to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the preached Word of God… and clearly, people learn in different ways. And people also get distracted in different ways.
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Added in Current Events
The Crystal Cathedral has fired three relatives of Robert Schuller. The decision was a part of an effort to revamp the church’s weekly television show, the Hour of Power. The broadcast once reached millions of people, but both donations and viewers have been on the decline.
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Conservative journalist and author David Kupelian, who is also managing editor of WorldNetDaily, published a column Tuesday in which he accuses Driscoll of inventing a “version of Christianity for people obsessed with sex.”
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The Jacksonville Baptist Association is seeking a member church’s resignation after the church hired a convicted sex-offender to provide pulpit ministry earlier this year.
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Few details were left to chance as a San Diego County megachurch prepares to open a mega-addition — a $12 million worship center at Skyline Church that its pastor says was 27 years and many prayers in the making.
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Added in Trends
Recent studies claiming children raised by lesbian couples are no different than children raised by a mother and a father are flawed, according to a marriage and family expert at Focus on the Family.
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Added in Current Events
Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized and treated like alcohol because the government’s war on drugs has failed. Robertson says the war on drugs is costing taxpayers billions of dollars, and people should not be sent to prison for marijuana possession.
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Added in Current Events
Raw, gritty, with some foul language – not the typical description of a Christian film. Yet that’s how some are describing the upcoming movie “Blue Like Jazz.” The film, based on a bestselling coming-of-age Christian memoir of the same name, is scheduled to premiere Saturday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
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Added in Leadership
The right team has chemistry, people don’t just love the work they do but also they love the people they’ve been called to do the work with.  If people don’t love one another the team will be dysfunctional.
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Take a look at this story… what would you do if you were Pastor Gordon? A New Jersey televangelist says CBS’ sloppy reporting and editing falsely implied that he is a pedophile. Raymond Gordon, of St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, sued CBS and three reporters with CBS Channel 3, in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Gordon says the man who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor, Archie Bolger, “briefly volunteered as a ‘preacher’ at St. Matthews, [but] he had not served in that capacity for years prior to his arrest. Many members of St. Matthew’s – typically 20 or more at any time – volunteer as ‘preachers’ who are occasionally called upon to deliver gospel during St. Matthew’s busy Easter service schedule. Bolger never had any leadership role in the church, nor was Bolger ever a St. Matthew’s employee.” But Gordon says that didn’t stop defendant Chris May, an anchorman for CBS 3, from kicking off a Sept. 19 broadcast by saying: “Tonight, a community in shock. A preacher at a large local church is under arrest, charged with molesting a young girl.” Gordon claims: “Despite the lack of any connection between the arrest and Pastor Gordon, the CBS 3 broadcast opened with daylight video of St. Matthew’s main entrance. “Anchor Chris May then turned the report over to co-anchor, defendant Natasha Brown. Failing to identify Bolger by name, co-anchor Brown announced: ‘Tonight a local preacher is facing disturbing charges – he is under arrest for alleged child molestation. The pastor works at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church in Williamstown, Gloucester County, and that is where Eyewitness News reporter Elizabeth Hur is standing by live.” Hur is also named as a defendant. Gordon says: “CBS 3’s Eyewitness News broadcast continued with a voice-over that, on information and belief, Hur recorded earlier in the day. Hur’s voice-over began: ‘a preacher here at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church must now fight charges of sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and related offenses.’ “Hur’s voice-over was accompanied by daylight footage of St. Matthew’s main entrance, immediately followed by video of St. Matthew’s main entrance sign that prominently identified ‘Dr. Raymond M. Gordon, Pastor.’ “While Hur’s voice-over continued, the CBS 3 broadcast moved to video of a church van, which again prominently identified ‘Pastor Raymond M. Gordon.’ /// So… what would YOU do? Read more here.
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Each week, I try to find the best ‘stuff’ out there that I think you should take a look at. I share this throughout the week on Twitter. I also encourage you to send me news items and stories that you think other leaders should know about. Here’s this week’s list

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Each week, I try to find the best ‘stuff’ out there that I think you should take a look at. I share this throughout the week on Twitter. I also encourage you to send me news items and stories that you think other leaders should know about. Here’s this week’s list: Ten Reasons Why Churches Stall 7 Reasons Your Leaders are Quitting! The world’s deadliest four letter word Our traditional religious formulas and beliefs too quickly limit God only to our self-centered imaginations Five ways to know if you’re really a Christian “It’s disciples we’re after, not statistics” 5 Warning Signs of a Personality-Driven Church Almost anyone can become a leader… but… If you stop jumping to conclusions, you’ll avoid a good amount of personal conflict Are Southern Baptists facing an identity crisis? The PCUSA joins boycott against Arizona The GENIUS of AND The NINES Church Building Spree ala Huffington Post If you have a 14 year old girl around your house, you’re probably sick of this Free Vuvuzela Concert Check out the “Jesus Loves Strippers” ministry Drive-Through Prayer Rick Warren is expected to make a full recovery Robert Schuller’s daughter is OUTRAGED! Doug Oldham dies at 79 Oral Roberts Presidential Compound sold for 1.5 million Church has to cut staff after $210,000 goes missing This may help your church staff meetings Cross Point is looking for a Campus Pastor How to scan your print documents to Google docs Annoying Email Habits Finally… add images and html to your Gmail signature 60% of evangelical pastors say they don’t drink 5 of the world’s 10 largest churches are in Seoul, which is home to the world’s biggest Baptist, Methodist & Pres flocks Survey says: 1 in 6 women caught up in internet pornography Church sponsors “International Burn A Quran Day,” on Sept. 11 this year Inside Westboro Baptist The Christian Shopping Channel Finding Out Your Pastor is a Murderer What should Christians do with Mel Gibson? Not to be out done by Rick Warren, TX pastor has stomach pumped after eating poisonous leaves of rhubarb plant Reading your Bible could bring you lots of mone Feeling is not the admission price for worship. Jesus’ blood is
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                    Current Events
                    Each week, my friend Matt Steen and I compile the top 50 stories that we think you should be reading in a publication we call Ministry Briefing. Here’s a sampling of FIVE stories from this week’s edition:

                    Majority of Americans Seek Deeper Meaning and Personal Calling

                    A new Barna poll found that 40% of American Christians have a sense of divine calling in their lives, and 48% of Millennials sense a call to do something else with their lives, but they have yet to make the change. Overall, 75% of American adults are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Source:  Barna Research

                    Church Stops and Cancels Funeral in Progress Because of Same Sex Spouse

                    Pastor Ray Chavez of New Hope Ministries in Colorado stopped the funeral for Vanessa Collier when he noticed pictures of Collier with her wife, Christina along with their two children, who were 12 and 8. The funeral was cancelled because Chavez refused to officiate a funeral for a gay couple, and the church has yet to reimburse the family for the funeral expenses. Source:  Denver Post

                    Church Invests Financial Windfall Back into Community

                    A Chicago church that made $1.6 from a property sale set aside $160,000 as a tithe and gave it to the congre- gation in $500 checks. The checks came with no strings attached, but members were encouraged to use the checks to support local charities or to help people in need. Members used their checks to buy winter coats for those in need, to build skate parks in lower income areas, and to fund shelters and community service groups. Source:  Post Bulletin keep reading
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