Mar
11
2016

This Week in Ministry: The Andy Stanley Kerfuffle, Rob Bell on Disruptive Sermons, and a Mega-Church Closes

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We’re back with a fresh edition of This Week in Ministry. This week we focus on three stories found in the pages of this week’s Ministry Briefing: Andy Stanley’s small church comments, Rob Bell’s thoughts on what sermons need to be, and the closing of a mega-church: Show Notes: Andy Stanley Wants Adults to Prioritize Their Kids at Church After Andy Stanley shared in a sermon that those who attend small churches are selfish, he […]

Mar
1
2016

The Political Alignment of Denominations

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As the 2016 election season continues to move forward, Ministry Briefing highlights the political alignment of different religious groups: A Pew Research study of political views among religious groups found that Mormons are the most likely to vote for Republicans, with 7 in 10 identifying with the GOP, while only 19% identify as Democrats. The African Methodist Episcopal Church is the most likely to vote for Democrats, with 92% voting for Democratic candidates and just 4% voting […]

Feb
29
2016

Americans are Still Unable to Build Savings

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing, a look at the savings rate in America: There are only 52% of Americans who have more in emergency savings than credit card debt, and that number has remained steady since 2011. The only sign of good news is that the number of Americans with no credit card debt and no savings increased from 13% to 21%. Most alarming, 22% of Americans have more credit card debt than savings. Source: Fox Business […]

Feb
26
2016

This Week in Ministry: American Savings, Political Leanings, and Preparing for Easter

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This Week in Ministry is a weekly discussion of three stories of interest from the current edition of Minsitry Briefing. This week, a look at saving habits of Americans, the political leanings of denominations, and getting ready for Easter: Americans Still Unable to Build Up Savings http://fxn.ws/1RkJYuy Which Religious Groups Are the Most Partisan? http://pewrsr.ch/20TpRpV What to Review Before Easter Sunday http://bit.ly/1T4pA4E Read more at http://ministrybriefing.libsyn.com/podcast/this-week-in-ministry-february-26-2016#ozCtQ3SdEVF2GhlD.99

Feb
25
2016

Pastoral Compensation: Benefits are Decreasing

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In this week’s Ministry Briefing more information on the trends behind pastoral compensation: Only one eighth of pastors receive the benefit of a parsonage, and less than half of solo pastors receive any kind of health insurance. Among senior or lead pastors, only two-thirds receive health insurance benefits. However, some of those benefits are being cut. Among worship leaders, three quarters receive health insurance. Most full time church staff received no retirement benefits, including 44% of solo […]

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?

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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
19
2016

This Week in Ministry: Mobile Internet, Do We Need More Church Plants, and Leading Small Churches

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Fresh from the newest edition of Ministry Briefing: This Week in Ministry. Today, Todd and I talk about mobile internet and the church, whether we need to plant more churches, and whether pastors are ready to lead small churches. Check it out and let us know what you think: The Internet Moves to Mobile Phones http://bit.ly/21dFdYl Should We Plant More Churches? http://bit.ly/1Q5vwHT Are You Prepared To Lead a Small Church? http://bit.ly/1RcaqGJ Download this Episode  

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 […]

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