Browsing articles in "Ministry Briefing"
Jan
20
2016

New Study Focuses on “Stuck Pastors”

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What happens when pastors are burned out, but unsure about how to pay their bills? This week in Ministry Briefing, we share about a research project focusing on pastors who are “stuck”: Sociologists Josh Packard and Todd Ferguson are conducting a survey of pastors which they are calling STUCK. It is aimed at understanding the reasons why some stay in the ministry even though they’d really rather walk away from organized religion. “I tried… I really wanted […]

Jan
19
2016

Why do Pastors Leave Ministry?

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Ministry is tough work, we know that. This week in Ministry Briefing, we share research on why pastor’s leave ministry before age 65: In a poll by Lifeway research, former pastors were asked to list the top 5 reasons that they left the pastorate. A change in calling, conflict within their church and burnout were at the top of the list. “Almost half of those who left the pastorate said their church wasn’t doing any of […]

Jan
18
2016

The Anglican Communion Suspends the Episcopal Church

Justin Welby

From this week’s Ministry Briefing, news of difficult times ahead for the Anglican Communion: During a contentious Primates Meeting of the Anglican archbishops, the Episcopal Church has been suspended for three years over its decision to perform same sex marriages. The document ruled that marriage is between a man and a woman and is seen as a victory for conservatives in the Anglican communion, including conservatives from the Global Anglican Future or GAFCON group. Source: Christian […]

Jan
11
2016

Open Carry in Texas and the Church

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The open carry law in Texas is a good reminder for churches to clarify their stance on firearms in worship services.

Jan
7
2016

What Americans Believe about Terror

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How does our societies views on terror affect the way we lead our church? How are you seeing this play out?

Jan
6
2016

Church Trends in 2015

2015 Review

One of the cool things that I get to do because I put together Ministry Briefing is get a sense of what is going on in the church world (by the way, you can get a $1 trial subscription of Ministry Briefing by clicking here). Here’s some of what my friend Todd and I saw this year: What surprises YOU? What concerns YOU?   Ministry Briefing subscribers receive a weekly curated list of the 50 most […]

Oct
30
2013

Conversations: Rick McKinley

This Beautiful Mess

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

Mykey Robinson

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 […]

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