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Nov
1
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part one)

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Today is November first, we currently have sixty days before the end of the year. With this in mind, I want to take the next three Fridays to discuss what churches need to focus on as year end approaches. To do this, I have asked several of my friends to help share their wisdom with the Church Thought community(click here for part two, part three). Today, I have asked my friend Brad Leeper to spend […]

Sep
26
2013

The Church Leader’s Most Important Tool

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The other day I heard Alton Brown talking about a recent interview he had been a part of. The interview went like this: Interviewer: What is the most important tool in the kitchen? Alton: The kitchen table. Alton then went on to explain how the interactions around the table are the reason for the meal and everything that goes into the meal. Without the kitchen table, it is all pointless. This has gotten me to […]

Aug
14
2013

When Churches Confuse Atheists for Disciples

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The current edition of Ministry Briefing covers a story that has fascinated me. The story, Behold the Six Types of Atheists, gives an overview of the study done by two men from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga unpacks the six different categories of atheists. Upon first glance it would seem that researchers Christopher Silver and Thomas Coleman have discovered that atheists, like christians, draw from a fairly diverse crowd… one that can not be defined with one […]

Mar
21
2013

Your Church DOESN’T have a Leadership Shortage

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Do you find yourself having a hard time recruiting the church leaders that you need? I have rarely met a church leader who would answer that question with a no. Rich Birch tends to disagree… According to his blog, UnSeminary, God has provided all the leaders your church needs… you just need to know where to look. Rich points to five major groups of leaders that many churches miss: People with Followers Young People Moms […]

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
4
2013

Please Don’t be THIS Church

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The story of Family Christian Center makes our heads spin and leaves us mumbling under our breath. The church is about to lose it’s building due to non-payment of its mortgage, which would normally be a sad story. What makes this story outrageous is the fact that the church was paying $3.5 million a year for staffing, $900,000 in travel and meal costs, and $500,000 a year in jet fuel costs. All while NOT paying […]

Mar
1
2013

Is YOUR Church Broken? How do You Know?

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Our friend Chris Huff used to have a pretty cool job: test engineer. The test engineer’s job is pretty simple: make sure things aren’t broken. Read that again. The job wasn’t to make sure things work, it was to make sure they aren’t broken. Broken things can still function, they can still work, and they can potentially even do they job… but they are still broken. We think that the church could use a few […]