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 […]

Jan
25
2016

IMB Cuts More Jobs as Financial Struggles Continue

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From this week’s Ministry Briefing, more financial struggles for the International Mission Board: The cuts for the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) continue to take effect as the IMB has closed a communications office in Virginia, eliminating 30 jobs and transferring 10 other positions. This is part of a move to get the financially troubled organization out of the red–a move that will eliminate between 600 and 800 positions. Source: Christian Today Why does […]

Jan
22
2016

This Week in Ministry January 22: IMB, Succession, and Mega-Churches

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On this week’s Podcast we look at job cuts at the International Mission Board, ministry succession, and new research about how mega-churches are getting “smaller.”   Show Notes: The Current Missions Reality (This week at the IMB) http://bit.ly/1Pn5EIX Pastors and Succession… early (not often) http://bit.ly/1QplOk2 Shrinking Megachurches? What a new study reveals about megachurch size http://bit.ly/1VdIzqs This Week in Ministry highlights stories from this week’s Ministry Briefing. Get your first month for $1 by clicking […]

Jan
21
2016

Church Receives $17 Million Donation

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A cool story from this week’s Ministry Briefing about a remarkable gift to Eagle Brook Church: With 22,000 in worship each weekend at it’s 6 locations, Eagle Brook Church is already Minnesota’s largest church, who knows what they can do with a new 17 million dollar gift from a single donor? Pastor Bob Merritt, who could not be reached for comment, has hinted that it will go to pay off the mortgages on some of their […]

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

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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
15
2016

This Week in Ministry: A New Podcast

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A few years ago my friend Todd Rhoades and I did a weekly podcast where we kicked around ministry related issues. We recently got the band back together, and are launching This Week in Ministry, a weekly discussion about what’s happening in the ministry world. I’d love to hear what you think of this week’s show: Links from the Show Powerball Mania: What it means for church leaders http://lat.ms/1Q0yETU  Pastors Who Feel STUCK in Ministry http://bit.ly/1RpUWBx  […]

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