Browsing articles in "Ministry Briefing"
Feb
10
2016

United Methodists Struggling With Marriage Debate

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From this week’s Ministry Briefing, a discussion about the struggles the United Methodist Church is having over their position on marriage: The United Methodist Church has debated the place of homosexuality and same sex marriage for the past 40 years. As more UMC ministers in the U.S. have started to accept and even perform same sex ceremonies, more conservative bishops, especially in Africa, have asked the church to maintain the book of discipline’s stance that bans same […]

Feb
9
2016

Church Pays $1.5 Million to Leave PC(USA)

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This week’s Ministry Briefing has more than a few stories about denominational struggles, here is one: First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, a megachurch formerly in the PC USA, has paid $1.5 million to their former denomination in order to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. The church cited theological differences with the PC USA and noted that it had a strong legal position but ruled it was better to settle the matter financially rather than […]

Feb
8
2016

New Church for Mark Driscoll

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News of Mark Driscoll’s reemergence in ministry from Ministry Briefing this week: The most significant point in Mark Driscoll’s bio at his new church plant in Phoenix, AZ is missing: his role as pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Driscoll also included two former pastors from Mars Hill who have also scrubbed their bios of any mention of their previous positions at Mars Hill. The church, which is called Trinity Church, is backed by a board […]

Feb
4
2016

The Media has Recognized Evangelicals Don’t Vote as a Block

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More political news from Ministry Briefing this week: While evangelicals tend to be divided among Trump, Cruz, and Rubio in the 2016 presidential election, CNN recognizes that evangelicals are anything but a united voting block. They identify millennial, cultural, and progressive elements along with key leaders for each segment of evangelical voters. Source: CNN Why does this matter for church leaders? It seems that there is finally an acknowledgement that the evangelical world is not a unified voting block. […]

Feb
3
2016

Drunk Employees are More Effective than Sleep Deprived Employees

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This week’s Ministry Briefing shares research on the importance of getting enough sleep: Staying up late to finish a project has significant diminishing returns in the days to come. How significant? A new student out of the University of Rochester found that sleep deprived employees struggled to perform on the same level as those who were intoxicated. Sleep deprivation is bad for your mood, your ability to focus, and your access to higher level brain functions. In […]

Feb
2
2016

Jerry Falwell Jr. & Donald Trump

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One of the biggest political stories in Ministry Briefing this week: Comparing the act to his father’s endorsement of Ronald Reagan, Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that he was formally endorsing Donald Trump for President, even going as far as saying that Trump represents Jesus and that Trump would be a strong president. Falwell was immediately questioned for other evangelical leaders, especially since Trump had shared in an interview that he has never had to ask God for forgiveness. […]

Feb
1
2016

Andy Stanley: “Stop scaring the kids!”

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Andy Stanley talks politics in this week’s Ministry Briefing: As the the 2016 primary season for the Presidential election is set to begin, pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Church in Alpharetta, GA challenged his congregation to stop trusting in the political system. He was specifically concerned with adults who are 45 and older who are scaring their children with doomsday predictions based on politics. Stanley said to get involved in the political process but put […]

Jan
28
2016

40% of American Church-Goers in Churches of 500-1,799

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This Ministry Briefing story surprised me: While much continues to be written about megachurches, which average 2,000 attendees or more, mid-sized churches with attendance between 500 and 1,799 make up 40% of all Protestant Churches in America. They tend to be younger, with two thirds of their attendees under the age of 50, and more diverse, with one third of these churches qualifying as bi-racial. Those that are multisite tend to grow the fastest. Source: Leadership Network […]

Jan
27
2016

How Mega-Churches are both Shrinking and Growing

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In Ministry Briefing this week we highlighted some of the latest research on mega-churches: A new report found North American megachurches are scaling down their sizes and thinking in smaller units. Seating in megachurches is averaging around 1200 seats rather than the average of 1500 from five years ago. In addition, 79% of megachurches invest significant time in small groups. Source: Leadership Network Why does this matter for church leaders? One of the biggest knocks on the […]

Jan
26
2016

Talking About Pastoral Succession

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This week’s Ministry Briefing has a cool story on successful pastoral succession: In a series of interviews, pastors share how they have stepped out of their ministry leadership roles and appointed successors. In some cases the pastors moved onto another ministry role outside church leadership, while others moved into a leadership development role that still left the new pastor to lead without interference. Source: Christianity Today Why does this matter for church leaders? I am convinced that this […]

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