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  […]

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

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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 […]

Jan
5
2016

Climbing Back in the Saddle for 2016

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Happy 2016! First things first, let’s take care of the elephant in the room. I’ve been gone. For a while. Truth is, life got a little crazy. In the last two years Theresa and I moved to Texas on short notice, I started seminary, created and sold a vending business, started working at a local church, left a great company, grew Ministry Briefing, and began working on an MBA. All that to say, this blog […]

Jul
25
2014

Reading List: Mission Drift

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In 1636 Harvard was founded as a place to train clergy. In 2014 many in the church find this hard to imagine. So what happened over the last three hundred years to change the way that we view this venerable institution? Chris Horst, Peter Greer, and Andy Crouch recently teamed up to write a book called Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, in it they explain exactly what happened: Mission Drift. A […]

Jun
30
2014

We Need a Better Story

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My month-long journey through the first half of the Old Testament is coming to a close, and as I have been reflecting on my experience over the last few weeks (also known as studying for the final), I have once again been captured by the idea of identity. When we began our class, we started off by reading Ezra and Nehemiah and highlighted how important the reestablishment of a Jewish identity was for the returning exiles. […]

Jun
25
2014

Who Do We Look To?

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Those of you who know me, or have been reading this site for any amount of time, know that I have an appreciation for the larger churches in this country. While I wholeheartedly believe that there is an important place for the small church as well, I do believe that those who associate the megachurch with the anti-Christ fail to recognize some of the ways that these churches have impacted the Kingdom for the better. […]

Jun
24
2014

Links of the Week: June 15-21

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: 10 things a small group leader has to stop doing, from Ben Reed 7 of the Greatest Needs of a […]

Jun
17
2014

Links Worth Reading: June 8-14

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Every day I share several links through my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as the Church Simple Facebook page. These links are sometimes church related, sometimes leadership focused, and sometimes they just catch my eye… but I believe that they are helpful for church leaders. Here are the five posts from last week that people were most interested in: 10 Practices Of The Most Frustrating Leaders, from Brian Dodd Should the Position Be Paid or Volunteer, from Ron Edmondson Ways […]

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