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Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | 3 comments
A new show offers to help church ‘reestablish themselves in the marketplace, not so they can turn themselves into profitable enterprises, but so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers.’
Yes… that’s a new show on the National Geographic channel.
Here’s the press release. Question: will you be watching?
Religious institutions are the foundation of many communities across America. The United States is home to more than 300,000 religious congregations, and nearly four out of five Americans identify themselves with some type of religious belief. In...
Posted on Oct 16th, 2013 | 2 comments
Yes… it’s important.
Because it’s happening in your church.
And probably not just with teenagers.
First, a definition: Sexting is using mobile technology to send a suggestive, nude or semi-nude text, picture or video of oneself to someone else.
Why do you need to know about this?
Well… because according to a recent study, about 48% of teens have received a sexually suggestive message. And about 39% have sent one.
I’m not sure what the stats are for adults, but I bet they’re probably not that much different in your community, at least in some circles.
Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013 | 0 comments
5. Chula Vista, CA
4. Glendale, CA
3. Fremont, CA
2. Gilbert, AZ
1. New York City
This article is worth the read. This was a study done by Movoto.com, a property listing website. They did a study to try and gauge the behavior of cities in contrast to the Catholic Church’s Seven Deadly Sins. They measured the virtues of charity, chastity, diligence, generosity, humility, kindness, and temperance.
The seven most sinful cities? Milwaukee, Pittsburg, Minneapolis, Orlando, and St. Louis.
Posted on Jul 12th, 2013 | 3 comments
We’re no longer “religious.” We’re “holy.” We’re “faithful.” We’re “spiritual.” We talk about what “the gospel compels us to do” or “gospel living.” Or “sabbatical living” and “God-oriented behavior.” That’s according to a new story in the Washington Post today:
On one side of the spectrum are people such as prominent liberal scholar Diana Butler Bass, author of last year’s “Christianity After Religion,” who says the word “religion” is laden withnegative, hurtful and political baggage. The 20 percent of Americans who now call themselves...
Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013 | 0 comments
So… how much time SHOULD you devote to social media? Maybe this will give you some insight…
Posted on Jun 25th, 2013 | 0 comments
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen writes a piece over the weekend at the Washington Post where she describes six things that she says she didn’t know about pastor’s wives.
Some are pretty true… while others are a little more isolated, I think. See what you think:
1. Pastor’s wives don’t exactly love their husband’s work.
I’ve seen this quite a bit. She sites that long hours, horrible pay, and the stress. I think this is spot on for many pastor’s wives. They support the calling, but hate what the job does to their husbands.
2. They are highly criticized....
Posted on Jun 14th, 2013 | 1 comment
As a church leader, it’s vitally important to keep up on what’s happening in our ever-changing culture. Each month in Ministry Briefing, we highlight the cultural news items that you really need to know as a church leader. Here is just a sampling from this month’s Briefing in the area of culture. You can download and read the whole issue here.
Teen Birth Rates Decline Dramatically
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported that between 2007 and 2011, teen birth rates dropped dramatically in America, with Hispanic girls falling an impressive 34%. Nearly every...
Posted on Jun 11th, 2013 | 0 comments
Each month, Ministry Briefing finds that top trends that are happening in the church and ministry world. In June’s edition, we tackle the top 35 trends we’re seeing. We think these are trends that you need to know about… some of them will… either directly or indirectly… affect your ministry in the next months and years.
I would encourage you to invest in keeping up with the trends. Matt Steen and I have done the research and groundwork to help you do that with Ministry Briefing. Here are the trends we’re watching this month:
-Research Into Religion and...
Posted on Jun 11th, 2013 | 2 comments
This quote stood out to me this morning:
Many of us have grown up believing we must keep trying to “do church” better. It’s difficult for us to realize that our programs or performances, no matter how attractive, won’t interest a large part of our population. It’s easy for us to forget that the first church flourished and grew simply through intentional relationships, clear presentation of the facts about Jesus, and the witness of transformed lives. Today’s missional leaders are calling for all of us to employ that same strategy to reach unchurched people around us.
I don’t know how...
Posted on May 14th, 2013 | 2 comments
Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.
It’s interesting to me that a full 78% believe that God still played some type of role in creation.
What’s your takeaway?