Browsing articles in "Ministry Briefing"
Oct
30
2013

Conversations: Rick McKinley

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Let’s get something straight right from the start: this post might give the impression that I have a man crush on Rick McKinley. I do. Now that we have dealt with the obvious, let’s talk a little bit about the conversation that Todd and I recently had with Rick. Twelve years ago, Rick McKinley and a small group of people set out to plant a church in one of the most unchurched cities in America: Portland, […]

Oct
23
2013

Make Your Church Magnetic

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Over the last few months it seems as though I have had more conversations about creating an environment that welcomes the spiritually unresolved than anything else. Between you and me, I love helping churches think through how to create a more welcoming culture. This is why I am so excited about today’s Ministry Briefing Conversation. I don’t know of a church on the face of the planet that doesn’t want to be a place where the […]

Oct
16
2013

Forgiveness: Cheaper than Therapy

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This week’s Ministry Briefing Conversation is with Mykey Robinson, the author of Cheaper Than Therapy: How To Forgive and Overcome Anger, Anxiety, Fear and Stress. Mykey has spent years on church staff, working as a counselor, and serving in hospice settings, and through it all has learned a good bit about forgiveness, and how important it truly is. This conversation will be helpful for church leaders in two ways: Mykey shares some great insight on helping […]

Oct
9
2013

What Churches can Learn from Nuclear Subs

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Ok, so a nuclear submarine and a church don’t seem to have a whole awful lot in common… at first. Take a closer look, and you will find two complex organizations loaded with similar leadership challenges. While the mission of the local church is not to go around sinking enemy vessels (in case you were wondering), the need for church leadership to develop and maintain a healthy organizational culture focused on expanding God’s Kingdom is remarkably […]

Oct
1
2013

What’s In October’s Ministry Briefing

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Two big things are happening today: I am headed down to Atlanta for Catalyst (I’d love to connect if you have some time! Click here to email me!) The October edition of Ministry Briefing is being released today. Here are three stories from the monthly edition of Ministry Briefing that have me thinking long and hard: One in Ten Children Cared for by Grandparents: At the start of the recession in 2007, the number of children living with […]

Sep
25
2013

Conversations: Todd Henry

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If you have read this blog for any length of time, you probably realize that I have a slight man-crush on Todd Henry. His book, The Accidental Creative, is one of my go to books when working with church leaders. Tomorrow Todd is releasing his second book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, which I am anticipating greatly. When Todd Rhoades and I were putting together a list of interviews that we wanted to […]

Sep
18
2013

Conversations: What Canada Can Teach Us

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Canada is a wonderful country. The cities are beautiful, the people are incredibly nice, and they gave us hockey (what more do you need?). But Canada also has the potential to give the evangelical church in the United States another, very important gift: wisdom and experience. Ten years ago Canada legalized same-sex marriage. Today, in America, we are rapidly moving towards legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Whether this scares you, or excites you, […]

Sep
16
2013

When a Church (Finally) Gets it Right

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This month Ministry Briefing changed from a monthly to a weekly publication. This means we are able to get news and information out to our readers in a much more timely basis (and YOU can get one week free by clicking here). Now that I got the commercial out of the way, I wanted to highlight a story in the September 13th edition of Ministry Briefing: White Baptist Church Apologizes for Ban Against Black Members in the 60’s […]

Sep
11
2013

Ministry Briefing Conversation: 6 Types of Atheist

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A while back I mentioned a fascinating conversation that my friend Todd and I had with two researchers who investigated the different types of atheism. The conversation was part of a new series of Ministry Briefing videos that we have been working on, each a fifteen minute conversation with someone who has something worth sharing with the church leader community. This week we share the conversation that Todd and I had with Thomas Coleman and […]

Sep
4
2013

Hook Ups, Billy Corgan, & Business on Facebook

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I can not believe that September is here. It seems that it was only yesterday that I was planting our garden, and chasing away the baby rabbits attempting to much on my watermelon vines. With the beginning of the new month, I am excited to announce the release of September’s Ministry Briefing. This month we have another two hundred stories that will help you stay in know, keep up with culture, and develop better sermons. […]

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