Feb
17
2016

Wheaton Reinstates and Parts Ways with Larycia Hawkins

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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
13
2016

This Week in Ministry: Pastoral Salaries, Sanctuary Movements, and Wheaton

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The podcast is back! Each week we discuss three stories of note from the current edition of Ministry Briefing. This week: pastoral salaries, churches providing sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, and resolution in the Wheaton dispute: Show Notes: Key Findings about Church Compensation http://bit.ly/1Ps5qwY Arizona Churches Join the Sanctuary Movement http://usat.ly/1PRZQWg Wheaton College Reinstates and Parts Ways with Professor http://bit.ly/1KfWeNu    

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 […]

Feb
8
2016

New Church for Mark Driscoll

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News of Mark Driscoll’s reemergence in ministry from Ministry Briefing this week: The most significant point in Mark Driscoll’s bio at his new church plant in Phoenix, AZ is missing: his role as pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Driscoll also included two former pastors from Mars Hill who have also scrubbed their bios of any mention of their previous positions at Mars Hill. The church, which is called Trinity Church, is backed by a board […]

Feb
5
2016

This Week in Ministry: Mark Driscoll, Denominational Struggles, & Getting Along

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“This Week in Ministry” is a weekly podcast that I do with my friend Todd Rhoades every Friday morning. Each week we have a discussion on some of the most intriguing stories from Ministry Briefing. This week: Mark Driscoll’s new church plant in Phoenix, as well as the upcoming battle in the United Methodist Church this spring over homosexuality. Total listen time: 19 min, 12 sec Subscribe: iTunes  |  Stitcher  |  RSS  |  PlayerFM Show […]

Feb
4
2016

The Media has Recognized Evangelicals Don’t Vote as a Block

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More political news from Ministry Briefing this week: While evangelicals tend to be divided among Trump, Cruz, and Rubio in the 2016 presidential election, CNN recognizes that evangelicals are anything but a united voting block. They identify millennial, cultural, and progressive elements along with key leaders for each segment of evangelical voters. Source: CNN Why does this matter for church leaders? It seems that there is finally an acknowledgement that the evangelical world is not a unified voting block. […]

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