New Study Focuses on “Stuck Pastors”

Priest handcuffed

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 […]


Why do Pastors Leave Ministry?


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 […]


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 […]


This Week in Ministry: A New Podcast


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  […]


Open Carry in Texas and the Church

Law Enforcement Professional Man with Holstered Gun Weapon

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


What Americans Believe about Terror


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


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 […]


Climbing Back in the Saddle for 2016

Old rustic signpost with the phrase Welcome back, outdoors in sunny woodland with a faded vintage or retro effect to the image.

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 […]


Reading List: Mission Drift

Mission Drift

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 […]


We Need a Better Story

Tell them your story

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. […]