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Jul
15
2013

Confession Time: Thoughts Versus Teachings

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I have a confession to make: I am a hypocrite. I served as a youth pastor for eight years, and volunteered in youth ministry for three years before that. Throughout that time, I often relied on 1 Timothy 4:12 to encourage my students as they served in the church: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Then […]

Apr
10
2013

Pastors and Vacation Time

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Scott William’s recently had an intriguing post on his website discussing the need for church leaders to take more time off. Saying: In all seriousness, Sr. Pastors should try to find themselves in the sweet spot of preaching between 35-40 weekends per year (no more.) If they are preaching more than that, they probably aren’t raising up any other leaders/teachers, they probably don’t have adequate relationships with other Sr. Pastors, they are probably stifling the organizational growth […]

Apr
8
2013

What Happens AFTER a Pastor Subdues a Burglar?

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What would you do if your church were broken into? Pastor Mike Jankowski of Lamb’s Chapel in Center Moriches, New York asked his congregation to bring the culprit back to their church: When that happened six weeks ago, the next Sunday, I got up in front of the congregation in both of our services and I just said, ‘listen, whoever did this obviously is in a bad place. Let’s pray that God would bring this person […]

Mar
26
2013

Enough with the False Humility

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Chuck Lawless recently wrote a great piece over on Thom Ranier’s blog. Entitled Seven Mistakes in Public Speaking, Lawless hits on the things that we all need to review from time to time… but one of his mistakes was something that I feel like I have been seeing a lot of lately: Inviting indifference – Maybe you’ve heard speakers do it: “I’m sure this is not exciting, but it’s important.” “I really haven’t had much time to prepare, […]

Mar
26
2013

Eating a Cockroach for Jesus

Through the years, we’ve seen (and pulled off) a bunch of crazy stunts aimed at drawing a crowd to a ministry event. A Miami pastor is attempting to do just that, by promising to eat a cockroach on stage if enough people attend a weeknight college group meeting. Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. has a history of engaging in these kinds of stunts through the years… going so far as getting tazered on stage at one […]

Mar
11
2013

Church Apologizes to Three Decades of Pastors

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If you’ve been a pastor for more than ten minutes, you have heard of churches that churn through pastors and staff. For one reason or another, the church can not keep people for more than a couple of years before they are looking to go somewhere else. Sometimes it is the pastor’s fault, other times it is a stiff necked congregation, whichever it is, it is depressing… and significantly lessens a church’s spiritual impact. Earlier […]

Mar
11
2013

7 Signs You are Primed for a Fall

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A couple years ago I heard Jim Sheppard tell a group of church planters that the quickest way to take down a church is for the pastor to have a moral failure. The truth is, a pastor’s falling not only significantly hurts the church, but it impacts the congregation in ways that we will never fully understand. This is why it is so important for pastors to not only be on guard, but know the […]

Mar
8
2013

Finance Fridays: Tax Tips for Pastors

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With April 15th just a few weeks away, I asked Bill O’Connell from Wisdom Over Wealth to share some thoughts with us about the tax season, and how we should be preparing. It is tax season again.  The season we love to hate. But I want to offer a reminder of a couple of things that will make tax season a little brighter for you and your church. Personal Tax Returns Some denominations require that […]

Mar
7
2013

Have YOU Fallen Prey to Virtual Vice?

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A recent story from Religion News Service reminded us of something that we knew, but don’t like to admit: The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride still attract a lot of attention. But as the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have also gone virtual, according to a new study. Nearly half of Americans say they are tempted to idle the hours […]

Mar
5
2013

The Evolution of the Executive Pastor

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The title “Executive Pastor” covers a pretty broad range of job functions in the church today. According to David Fletcher, the job typically falls into one of three categories: Overseer of Operations The Ministry Strategist The Second-in-Command In this edition of Ministry Briefing we discuss the evolution of the role, how it functions in the church today, and what churches need in the days to come. How does YOUR church define the role of Executive Pastor?

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