Browsing articles in "Ministry Briefing"
Feb
24
2016

Are You OK with Leading a Small Church?

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing we looked at a question from Karl Vaters: Karl Vaters writes that seminaries often focus on helping pastors prepare to lead larger congregations or to grow small congregations into large ones. However, 80-90% of pastoral ministry students will never pastor a church that is larger than 250 people. In fact, most pastors will at one point or another minister in a small church. Vaters suggests that pastors should be prepared to graciously […]

Feb
23
2016

Should We be Planting More Churches?

Church Planting

Ministry Briefing looks at the church planting movement in America: There are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America, but they aren’t very effective at reaching new people. In fact, on average, it takes 1 pastor, 100 attendees, and $100,000 a year in order to win a single convert. Evangelicals average closer to 1.7 converts. However, new churches are more likely to reach new people with the Gospel and are more effective at outreach. Source: The Christian […]

Feb
22
2016

The Majority of Internet Users Use Smartphones… Is your church ready?

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This week’s Ministry Briefing looks at the shift in usage patterns among internet users: The Internet is going mobile today, with 54% of users accessing it on their phones compared to 46% accessing it on a desktop computer. Most importantly, 60% of religion news is shared on a mobile device, compared to business-related fields such as finance and economics where 38% are accessed on a desktop. Source: ChurchMag Why does this matter for church leaders? More people are […]

Feb
18
2016

The Case for Early Sermon Prep

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Perhaps it is time to rethink your sermon prep routine… Ministry Briefing shares tips from Thom Ranier this week: Thom Rainer writes that Monday is one of the best days for sermon prep since the previous week’s sermon is still fresh on the pastor’s mind and it’s easier to have continuity from one message to another. In addition, sermon prep early in the week relieves stress and provides time throughout the week to refine the message […]

Feb
17
2016

Wheaton Reinstates and Parts Ways with Larycia Hawkins

Wheaton

The controversy at Wheaton College has come to a close. From Ministry Briefing this week: Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins was removed from her leave of absence and provost Stan Jones apologized for mishandling her case before withdrawing the recommendation that she be terminated. However, Hawkins and President Ryken of Wheaton announced in a joint statement that she and the school had decided to part ways after reaching a point of reconciliation. On Friday 78 of the […]

Feb
16
2016

Arizona Churches Offer Sanctuary

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Ministry Briefing shares a fascinating story of what is happening in Arizona: Congregations throughout Tucson, AZ have stepped up efforts to provide sanctuary to women and children fleeing gang violence throughout Central America. this comes in opposition to federal efforts to step up deportations. One pastor asked whether someone would turn away a mother holding a small child asking for help. Source: Christian Science Monitor Why does this matter for church leaders? Recognizing that many women […]

Feb
15
2016

Key Findings on Pastoral Salaries

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing, a look at pastoral salaries: Thom Rainer recently evaluated the 2017 Church Compensation handbook and found that salaries are ranked in the following order: pastor, executive pastor, and worship/music leader. Youth pastors are not paid more depending on the size and finances of the church, but senior pastors/lead pastors are. Two thirds of pastors have health insurance but only half of pastors received a raise in the past year. Source: Thom Rainer […]

Feb
11
2016

The Complex Case of Pastor Saeed

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing, the difficult case of Saeed Abedini: In a series of statements since the release of Saeed Abedini from prison in Iran, his wife Nagmeh Abedini has made it clear that his history of abuse will delay a reunion with his family until the Iranian born pastor attends counseling. Nagmeh posted that she had hoped Saeed’s imprisonment would help resolve their issues, but his abuse toward her only increased. Source: Wartburg Watch Why […]

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 […]

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