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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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“You’re a high-risk candidate for career burnout, warns the Mayo Clinic, if you are in a helping profession; identify so strongly with your work that you lack a reasonable balance between your work life and personal life; and try to be everything to everyone. Hmm … sounds a like lot pastoring.” Read more: Ministry Burnout (Part 1): Examining the Threat Read more: Ministry Burnout (Part 2): The Signs and the Cure Read more: Ministry Burnout (Part 3): An Ounce of Prevention
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We all know that serving the church is stressful.  Extremely stressful. Well, a new study by the British Psychological Society has a simple solution that will help cut your stress level.  And I think you should try it right now. Here it is… Shut of your smartphone and ignore your social networks. In fact… here are the recommendations from the study:
Organisations will not flourish if their employees are stressed, irrespective of the source of stress, so it is in their interest to encourage their employees to switch their phones off; cut the number of work emails sent out of hours, reduce people’s temptation to check their devices.
If you need to cut the stress level for the rest of the afternoon, try shutting off your smartphone for an hour.  Do the same with your facebook and twitter accounts; and with your gmail. You’ll find that you’ll be a little less ‘on the edge’.  And that nothing catestrophic will probably happen in the next hour.  If something does, just put out the fire and move on. Give it a try; and share here how it felt. SOURCE
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