Sep
25
2013

Conversations: Todd Henry

Todd Henry

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you probably realize that I have a slight man-crush on Todd Henry. His book, The Accidental Creative, is one of my go to books when working with church leaders. Tomorrow Todd is releasing his second book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, which I am anticipating greatly. When Todd Rhoades and I were putting together a list of interviews that we wanted to […]

Sep
24
2013

Focusing on the Kingdom & Doing What We Can

bob roberts

I spent this weekend with a small group of pastors that I have had the opportunity to coach, and Bob Roberts Jr. Bob is the Senior Pastor at Northwood Church and has written a ton of books on cultural engagement, and through Northwood is doing some incredible things across the world in the name of advancing the Kingdom (check out what Northwood is publicly doing in countries that are considered “closed”). As Bob shared the story of Northwood and how they have found […]

Sep
20
2013

Finance Friday: Is Your Non-Profit Status at Risk?

IRS Tax Auditor

This week’s Ministry Briefing highlights a story that Nonprofit Quarterly had about the revocation of 501(c)3 status that many organizations are facing. The most troubling part of the story is that many of the organizations that are at risk don’t even realize they are about to lose their status. The revocations mostly result from a failure to fulfill all filing requirements that the IRS demands from a non-profit, and to say that the IRS is taking […]

Sep
19
2013

Enjoying Who You Preach

bike

When I was growing up I thought one of the coolest jobs a person could have was to work at a bike shop. Where we lived, a bike was more than a rite of passage, it was necessary for one’s social development, and the only mode of transportation for pre-driver’s license long distance travel. During my high school years I worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Northern Central Railroad Trail, a former railroad […]

Sep
18
2013

Conversations: What Canada Can Teach Us

canada

Canada is a wonderful country. The cities are beautiful, the people are incredibly nice, and they gave us hockey (what more do you need?). But Canada also has the potential to give the evangelical church in the United States another, very important gift: wisdom and experience. Ten years ago Canada legalized same-sex marriage. Today, in America, we are rapidly moving towards legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. Whether this scares you, or excites you, […]

Sep
17
2013

Change Takes Time or Don’t Do It To Them

changes ahead

Somehow, over the last year, I have found myself engaged in coaching relationships with a great deal of pastors who are relatively new to their churches. I love getting to spend time with these guys… they are incredibly optimistic, hungry to see cool things happen, and ready to take on the world. Which is why my biggest piece of advice for them can be somewhat confusing: slow down. “But Matt,” they say “there is so […]

Sep
16
2013

When a Church (Finally) Gets it Right

Handshake

This month Ministry Briefing changed from a monthly to a weekly publication. This means we are able to get news and information out to our readers in a much more timely basis (and YOU can get one week free by clicking here). Now that I got the commercial out of the way, I wanted to highlight a story in the September 13th edition of Ministry Briefing: White Baptist Church Apologizes for Ban Against Black Members in the 60’s […]

Sep
13
2013

Finance Friday: Clergy Tax Increases

taxes

My friend Bill O’Connell from Wisdom Over Wealth passed this along to me the other day, and I think it is something that pastors need to take notice of: Clergy have a 2% tax increase in 2013 Ministers are reminded that Congress gave them a 2% tax increase for 2013, when they let the 2010 “payroll tax holiday” expire on December 31, 2012.  For most clergy who pay Self-Employment tax on Salary and Housing/Parsonage Allowance […]

Sep
12
2013

Winning Hearts & Minds or Who Welcomes Guests?

greeter

Seth Godin recently quoted what is known as Krulak’s law: Soldiers in the field interacting with local people are the most important element of nation building and counterinsurgency. Former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Charles Krulak knew that generals don’t hold the key to winning the hearts and minds of the citizens of occupied countries… it is the privates and corporals. It is not the officers, but the common, everyday soldier that locals interact with […]

Sep
11
2013

Ministry Briefing Conversation: 6 Types of Atheist

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A while back I mentioned a fascinating conversation that my friend Todd and I had with two researchers who investigated the different types of atheism. The conversation was part of a new series of Ministry Briefing videos that we have been working on, each a fifteen minute conversation with someone who has something worth sharing with the church leader community. This week we share the conversation that Todd and I had with Thomas Coleman and […]

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