A Startling Wake Up Question for Every Church Leader: WHY ARE YOU HERE?

Michael Wolff is a designer and creative advisor for brands around the world. Warning:  This is not a ‘Christian Video’. But Michael asks a great question that every church leader should ask:  Why are you here? He contends that the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ aren’t nearly as important as the ‘why’. This is worth 20 minutes of your time… not because you’re agree with all of it and say ‘amen’… but because it will challenge and shape you: Thoughts? Todd Read more...
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Should the church be a country club or a hospital?

What do you think of this quote from Michael Trimmer? If anything, it seems like the church has done a really great job of making itself look like an exclusive club for the morally and spiritually immaculate, rather than a spiritual hospital for the walking wounded in which broken people struggle against sin on a daily basis. Should the church be more like a country club or more like a hospital? Read more here… What, if anything, is missing from this...
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God has a bad credit score (and he’s ‘extremely frustrated’)

It’s true. God has a bad credit score. God Gazarov is a Russian native who was named after his grandfather (who was probably named after… uh… God). God has a problem.  It seems that credit rating company Equifax is giving him a bad credit score because of his first name.  (Two other credit rating companies give him a very high score). The end result: God was declined for a loan for a new Infiniti last year. (Of course, God would want to buy an Infiniti… it only makes sense). When he tried to get Equifax to change the glitch in their system, someone told him he might want to...
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Is Your Church “Swifting” When it Comes to Staffing?

Spivey says that many churches also have a track record of quick breakups… with staff turnover about every 18 months. Tim says that “swifting” churches are characterized by two things usually: 1.  They hire poorly 2.  They have power issues Tim adds: If you are looking for a place to serve, be very cautious in considering a church with high record of turnover. I know of a church that had three senior pastors in the same year. They also blamed each of those three for the transition based on “wanting a new direction.” They are right … they need a new direction. They can start...
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Pray for Community Bible Church

Bad news from the weekend in High Point, NC.  42-year-old Pastor Robert McKeehan took his own life last Friday.  The church he served, Community Bible Church, and it’s multiple locations, are reeling in pain. There were no public tell-tale signs of Robert’s inner struggles.  In fact, the church’s website still have a link to Robert’s last sermon, preached just five days before his suicide.  I watched a little of it, and there he hides it well. But something changed between Sunday and Friday. My heart and prayers go out to the congregation and leadership at Community Bible....
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John Hagee: Something ‘world-shaking’ is about to happen.

John Hagee says that something big is about to happen. And it’s not good. Not good at all. Sometime between Now (April 15, 2014) and October of next year, we will experience a world-shaking event. That is because the world is about to see four ‘blood moons’. A ‘blood moon’ is actually a total lunar eclipse that turns the moon a coppery-red color. And we’re set to see four of them. Hagee cites Acts 2:19-20: “And I will show wonders in Heaven above and signs in the Earth beneath, the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the...
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The 20 Most Influential Evangelicals in America

Recently, LifeWay President Thom Rainer compiled a list of 20 of what he thinks are the most influential evangelicals in America.  The list, he says, is subjective (he just asked about 30 friends for input). Here were the criteria: –They had to be American –They had to be living –They had to be ‘evangelical’ (whatever that means) –The nominees had to be influential (not necessarily those whom the person agreed with). Here are the results… see what you think.  (These are in alphabetical order): Matt Chandler Wilfredo De Jesus (Pastor Choco) Ross Douthat Tony...
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Pray for Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale

My heart hurts whenever I hear stories like this. (And it seems to be quite often). Many of you have probably heard about Pastor Bob Coy’s resignation from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale within the past week for ‘moral failures’. Bob Coy was the founding pastor of CCFL.  It’s a huge church (20,000+ attendees, 10 campuses).  His impact has been huge in the Calvary Chapel movement, in Fort Lauderdale, and really all over the country through his radio and TV ministry. I always hate to hear stories of moral failure.  This one, for me, hit a little more at home.  My oldest son...
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Ministry Briefing for April 27: Westboro Founder Dies, Cohabitation, Driscoll, and 47 other stories you need to know!

The new edition of Ministry Briefing is just out, and you can get this weeks (and next week’s) editions absolutely free. Each week, Matt Steen and I search high and low for the top things that (we think) every church leader should be reading.  Then we write a short ‘just the facts’ paragraph; include a link to the full resource, and package it in a beautiful PDF (or MOBI or ePUB for your Kindle, iPad, or Tablet). Right now, you can try the next two issues (including this week’s) free.  And if you don’t like it, you can always cancel your subscription at any time. This...
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How to Strategically Hype Without Embarrassing Yourself

“The best thing about comedy is that no matter how bad your show is, it’s only 30 minutes, and never exists again. The worst thing is no matter how good your show is, it’s only 30 minutes, and never exists again.” ­ -Mick Napier Comedians have the luxury of coasting because people love to laugh and will seek out comedy. Churches cannot coast because people are looking for a reason to mentally check out and never return. If you blow it on Sunday with a person far from God, they will quickly become far from your church. In today’s world, it is still culturally­ assumed that...
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