Apr
8
2016

This Week in Ministry: Oxford, Alabama’s Governor, and Tony Evans… Oh My!

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In this week’s podcast we take a look at changes in the theology program at Oxford, a church disciplining the Governor of Alabama, and Tony Evans’ thoughts on the church’s relevance to the world. All three stories come from this week’s Ministry Briefing… take a listen:   Show Notes: Christianity Pared Down in Theology Studies at Oxford http://dailym.ai/1S1mjQF Baptist Church Expels Governor http://bit.ly/22hPX6D Tony Evans thinks the church isn’t helping http://bit.ly/1RIJ7Wp  

Apr
4
2016

This Week in Ministry: Egg Drops, Chinese Churches, and Church Decline

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In our most recent edition of This Week in Ministry, Todd and I take a look at stories from the most recent Ministry Briefing that caught our eye. This week: controlling the crowds at egg drops, what is going on in Chinese churches, and just how unique is our current season of churches in decline? Take a listen: Show Notes Is The Church Declining? It Depends How Far You Look Back Comparing American church attendance […]

Mar
24
2016

What are Visitors Looking for on a Church Website?

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Just in time for Easter, this week’s Ministry Briefing looks at how to make sure your website is ready to go: Among the 41% of Americans planning to attend Easter services, over two thirds of them own smartphones and will most likely look up information about your church online. Do you have service times and location information in clear, easy-to-find locations? Also check out your website to make sure you have staff information, children’s ministry notes, and […]

Mar
23
2016

Smartphone Use Kills Empathy

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing, the results of our over-dependence on smartphones: The popularity of cell phones are driving a striking decline in empathy as more regular users are missing out on the benefits of in-person conversations. Couples are writing via text messages rather than conversing in real person, families spend time “together” but on their phones, and job applicants struggle in interviews after writing excellent letters. The use of smartphones isn’t just cutting into our time, […]

Mar
22
2016

Giving Remains Low for a Third of Churches

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing we take a look at current giving trends: In 20% of Protestant churches their offerings declined in the past year, while a third failed to meet their budget. Among those who were surveyed, 13% shared that the economy had improved giving in their congregations. This shortfall of 32% is better than 2010 when 46% of churches reported that they failed to meet their budget. Larger churches tended to meet their budget more […]

Mar
18
2016

This Week in Ministry: Church Websites, Cost of Smartphones, and Pastoral Restoration

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This Week in Ministry is weekly podcast that looks at ministry news from the week that was. This week, getting your church website ready for Easter, the true cost of smartphones on relationships, and reflecting on pastoral restoration in light of recent revelations about Tullian Tchividjian. Show Notes What Visitors Look for on Your Church Website http://bit.ly/1Ue735P Losing Conversation: The Price We Pay for Smartphones http://bit.ly/256GXFF Tullian gets fired by new church http://bit.ly/1Rp0AyE When a Pastor Falls, is […]

Mar
17
2016

Learning from a Church Shooting

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A sad story from Minneapolis in this week’s Ministry Briefing: Two people were killed outside New Life Church in Colorado Springs in 2007, and in the wake of several recent church shootings, Brady Boyd of the megachurch has set up a 20-member security team for his church that include special forces soldiers. Boyd estimates that over 100 people could have been killed if an armed church member had not killed the shooter in 2007. Source: Christian […]

Mar
16
2016

Former Largest Church in the ELCA to Close

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A sad story from Minneapolis in this week’s Ministry Briefing: At one time North Heights Lutheran Church had 7,600 members, making it one of the largest ELCA churches in America. However, the church has broken into contentious factions over the leadership of pastor Mindy Bak. A 2014 membership meeting noted several problems, but some church officials downplayed their seriousness. Today the church is slated to close down and at least one former group of members are […]

Mar
15
2016

Rob Bell and Disruptive Sermons

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This week’s Ministry Briefing highlights an interview with Rob Bell: Former pastor Rob Bell says that he has enjoyed his time away from pastoral ministry because he can preach freely without the burden of “running a church” getting in the way. Bell notes that too many pastors use their sermons to get bigger crowds and buildings, telling people what they want to hear rather than using a sermon for holy disruption. Source: The Christian Post Why does […]

Mar
14
2016

Andy Stanley and Small Churches

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This week’s Ministry Briefing takes a look at recent comments by Andy Stanley: After Andy Stanley shared in a sermon that those who attend small churches are selfish, he has since shared in an interview that he regrets how five minutes have undermined what he has worked hard to do all of this life. Stanley shared that he supports those in small churches, and he intended to challenge his listeners to prioritize reaching out to their kids […]

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