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Scott Crouchenour over at Serving Strong has a great article on how to avoid ministry burnout and stay strong. I’m thinking… It’s Monday… and I bet that there are a good number reading this today that feel burned out.  See if Scott can help guide you through some remedies… I’ll give you the first two here… you can get the last three over at Scott’s Serving Strong website:
  • Seek Unforgiveness. Someone hurt you lately? Cool. Here’s what you do: Hold a grudge. That’s right. Don’t give in to the temptation to be the weaker one. Keep steady. Better yet, give them the silent treatment. Yeah! It will teach them a lesson and you’ll be well on your way to burning out.
  • Pursue Passionlessness. Ask yourself this question: “What ministry fuels my passion?” Got your answer? Good. Now do something (anything) that is the opposite of your answer. Do the thing that is a total drag for you. Give it your all. Seek the boredom. Revel in the difficulty. It will annoy those around you and you’ll be well on your way to burning out. You can read the other three here… Any thoughts or comments on how you’ve avoided (or gotten yourself out of) burnout?

Has the church ever become your mistress?  Here are some great and pretty heady questions to ask yourself as you start your week…
  • Do you need to confess your affair with church/work to God and to your wife?
  • What kind of idolatry has been motivating your church/work affair?
  • How can you embrace the good news of repentance to true change?
  • Is there someone in your life that can regularly exhort you to put the mistress away and remind you that Christ is your identity?
via When Church is a Mistress | The Resurgence. How’d you do? Todd

If you’ve been a pastor or church leader for more than 5 minutes, you probably have some regrets. 🙂 Thom Rainer recently asked 25 pastors (all of whom have been in ministry for over 25 years and are over the age of 55) what they wish they would have done differently. MB_pastor_regrets CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO (Length:  6 min 09 sec) Subscribe to MinistryBriefing on YouTube What was YOUR biggest regret in Ministry?  Leave a text or video comment here…
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Is call to ministry important these days?  To be honest, I don’t hear the words ‘called to ministry’ much anymore.  Heard it all the time when I was growing up… either you were ‘called to ministry’ or your were not.  If you were ‘called to ministry’ and you decided at any point that God had you in anything other than a church role… well, then you had some ‘splainin’ to do. Perhaps the whole discussion of ‘calling’ broke down when the church started hiring so many specialists.  Sure, senior pastors are ‘called’.  But what about children’s pastors; and music pastors, and tech people; and first impressions staff… the list goes on and on. That’s why I was glad to hear about Andrew Warnock’s 9 minute interview with Matt Chandler on “Calling to Ministry.  It’s obviously a couple of years old… but great, none the less.”  Take a look and tell me what you think. Specificially… 1.  How important is ‘calling’? 2.  Tell us about your ‘calling. 3.  Do you require that people on your staff feel ‘called’?  What does that look like? I’d love to hear from you! Todd

It was a pretty simply ploy according to prosecutors.  Set up a separate account called with “Ministry” in the name of it; forge your treasurer’s signature, and you’re off to the races. Not sure how he got the money into the account without being caught… … for TEN YEARS. // Read the story here… Lessons: 1.  If you’re a pastor… DON’T TOUCH THE MONEY 2.  If you’re a pastor… DON’T TOUCH THE MONEY… EVER. 3.  If you’re in a position of authority, make sure you don’t let the pastor touch the money… ever. 4.  Set up safeguards when counting and accounting for the money… every cent of it. QUESTION:  is there ever, EVER a way that this kind of thing could go on in a church for ten years and not be discovered by anyone? I think not… if the proper accountability methods would have been in place. What think you?

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Director/Pastor of Children’s Ministry Peoria, AZ

We are looking for a Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministry that can: Articulate a vision for dynamic, life-changing ministry to children; Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and volunteer staff; Oversee the children’s ministry from birth through 6th grade; Administrate the budget for the children’s ministry; Implement a strategy for recruitment and training of volunteers to minister to children; Consult closely with pastoral staff to coordinate the vision  and programsof the children’s ministry with the mission of Horizons Community Church; Research and provide the resources and materials to be used in the children’s ministry; Develop a strategy to communicate consistently with parents the vision of the children’s ministry and provide resources to support and encourage parents in their God-given mission to disciple their children; Provide supervision and encouragement to part-time paid staff in  the children’s ministry.  You can send your resumes to Does YOUR church have a job opening?  I’ll post it here for free to help you spread the word! Todd

In today’s edition of USA Today, in a survey of 26,000+ adults… “If I could do it all over again I would choose…” 41% said the same career 59% said a new career Ministry is a little bit different when you factor in everyone’s different view of ‘calling’. But my question to you today is… WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN?  Or if you could go back to age 20, would you choose a different career? Take a moment to add your response to the comments section (and why).  You can do so anonymously if you like. Thanks, Todd

I have two pet peeves about people in ministry:  People that take everything too seriously; and people that don’t take important things seriously enough… On the one hand, you have people that take everything WAY too seriously.  Read the comments section on many of the posts here at MMI and they are filled with a few people that take EVERYTHING way too seriously. Take a recent post about Mark Driscoll and John Piper having fun with each other about whether or not most Christians would enjoy a new book written about the first five books of the Old Testament. Driscoll said you’d have to be a ‘uber-geek’ to enjoy something like that. Piper joked back that it would rock everybody’s world to read this certain book.  Fun comments, thrown around in jest.  But some people took the jibes too seriously… pointing out that this is the problem with Christianity:  people don’t dig in deep and learn things.  Point well taken.  But for crying out loud… stop taking everything single thing so seriously.  Not everything is worth climbing on your high horse about.  Lighten up. On the other hand, you have others who don’t take important things seriously enough.  To this type of person, everything will work its way out in due time.  There’s no need to be charged up about anything.  No need to measure effectiveness.  No reason to challenge the status quo.  Truth is, there are some things worth fighting for.  There are people who are depending on us to make good solid decisions.  And as church leaders, we need to step up and get the job done, with excellence and expediency on the things that do matter. I know what you’re thinking (because I’m thinking the same thing myself).  How do I differentiate between the person who is taking things way too seriously and the person who is not taking things seriously enough?  And what makes me think that I am the one that can discern the proper balance?  I mean, obviously, I would hope that I would be one of the balanced ones, but maybe I’m the one out of whack. Here’s one way that I try to discern what I need to be serious about:  Was Jesus serious about it? I mean… what was Jesus serious about? Because that’s what I want to be serious about. Saving the lost?  Yep.  Carpet color or worship style?  No.  Making disciples?  Yes.  Arguing about money or service times?  Not so much. Maybe that’s a question that everyone answers differently.  Maybe that’s why we get caught up in useless fights that keep many of our churches stagnant and declining. I think it’s Craig Groeschel that I heard say once that “Hell is Hot and Time is Short”. I like that.  It puts things in a whole new perspective for me. For those people who take everything so seriously:  Hell is hot and time is short.  Stop diddling around, talking about things that don’t matter.  Don’t tread water talking Peneteuch when you should be talking Redemption.  Stop taking everything that doesn’t even matter so dang seriously.  Enough already. To those people who don’t take things seriously enough:  Hell is hot and time is short.  We don’t have all day to do the important things.  In fact, we don’t know how much time we have left to reach the people we’re charged to reach.  When it comes to the things that Jesus took seriously, we had better dad-blambed take them seriously as well.  Enough.  Get on with the work. What do YOU think?  Have I jumped off the deep end?  I’d love to hear your comments. Todd PS — What are the ‘important’ things to you?  And what ‘non-important’ things have gotten you off track?  What are your ministry pet peeves?

Whether you’re an egalitarian or a complementarian, I wish all people approached the subject as Darrin Patrick does: Here’s why: 1.  Darrin is sincere in his belief, but he allows for others to differ. 2.  Darrin came to his conclusion by studying scripture, not by talking with someone who read someone else’s book. 3.  Darrin doesn’t use this issue as a test for sincerity or fellowship.  He agreeably disagrees. So, no matter which side of this argument you come down on, I appreciate, in the end, how he has communicated his differences. What do you think?

One in every seven minutes online and three out of every four minutes on social networking sites are spent onFacebook, according to a comScore report released Tuesday. When you read things like this, does it cause you to re-think how you’re approaching ministry? How are you engaging your people through Facebook? If you’re not asking this question, you’re missing something huge.