Catholics Still Want Crystal Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has filed a petition in bankruptcy court to block the sale of the 40-acre Crystal Cathedral campus to Chapman University, stating that the plan will not pay creditors in full and will set up the ministry for failure predicting that the cathedral, under that plan, could run out of cash by next May. The diocese’s offer for $53.6 million is the better and more superior bid for the Crystal Cathedral property compared to the $50 million offered by Chapman University, its attorneys argue in the petition filed Friday. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has filed a...
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69% say Porn Affects Churches

Most pastors believe pornography has adversely impacted the lives of their church members, but almost half cannot estimate what percentage of their congregation views porn. That is the finding of a newly released survey by LifeWay Research of 1,000 American Protestant pastors. When presented with the statement, “Pornography has adversely affected the lives of our church members,” 69 percent of pastors surveyed agree. That includes 42 percent who strongly agree and 27 percent who somewhat agree. Nine percent somewhat disagree and 8 percent strongly disagree. Fourteen percent do not know or...
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Join me for connectLIVE tomorrow! (Thursday)

I hope you’ll join me and my Leadership Network crew for connectLIVE tomorrow.  It’s all online, free, and LIVE!  We’ll start at 11:00 Eastern.  Here’s the lineup: You can register now (it’s free, but you do need to register) right here: http://connectlive2011.tv
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How Character Erodes

Character is built choice by choice, decision by decision. And it is eroded the same way. We often don’t stop to think about how each choice builds on the last until it’s too late. It is a worthwhile practice to think about your choices and where they are leading you on a daily basis. Ralph Waldo Emerson put it well: “The force of character is cumulative.” In a October 2002 Fast Company article—The Secret Life of the CEO: Is the Economy Just Built to Flip?—Jim Collins, explains how character erodes: These were the people who, in the presence of an opportunity to behave differently, got...
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New Denomination Challenges PC(USA)

Everything is in place to create a new Presbyterian denomination comprised of conservative congregations and led by First Presbyterian of Orlando. The only thing missing is churches. “It’s kind of like an empty warehouse,” said First Presbyterian Pastor David Swanson. That empty warehouse denomination called the Fellowship of Presbyterians will start filling up in January when a convention of Presbyterian churches meets in Orlando, Fla. The churches are dissatisfied with the Presbyterian Church (USA), which voted last year to allow the ordination of gay ministers, deacons and elders. “We feel...
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He Said She Said

Here’s an interesting info-graphic that shows the difference between what men and women share online. What implications (if any) does this have for your ministry (either in-person or on-line)?
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10 Worst Places to Lose Your Phone

Have you ever lost your phone?  (I think I’ve lost mine 3x this morning).  Well… here are the absolute worst places to lose your phone.  Can I get an amen? Lost-Phone-620-2719 | Daily Infographic. Where’s the worst possible place you can imagine losing your...
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Please leave.

Members of a Wisconsin church went to court Monday, seeking to place a temporary restraining order on their pastor while a leadership dispute is resolved. Leaders from the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, a Milwaukee congregation, voted to dismiss the Rev. Carl W. Griffin from his position as head pastor earlier this year. Griffin has refused to leave the church, telling the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel that his ousting was due to a small group of members rather than the will of the congregation. If issued, the restraining order would have Griffin vacate the church building while the dispute...
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Confronting Sin in the Local Church

Brady Boyd writes, “A man in our church came to me recently with a heavy heart. His daughter was married to a man who had recently been caught in adultery. The couple went to another church here in town and the father contacted their pastor to see if he would confront his son-in-law on this obvious sin. The pastor refused, not seeing it as his duty. What? Not his duty? If we’re really pastors, it’s actually one of our primary responsibilities, especially if we love the people we lead. Not surprisingly, fewer and fewer church leaders are willing to go to people who are living in open sin and...
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Growing Bigger Ears

What do you think? “Being privy to this type of exchange and countless other [Facebook interactions] on a daily basis proved to be a very valuable tool for ministry.  What happened to me is an example of what some social media experts call “growing bigger ears”, or using social media to become better informed about constituents and what they care about.  The concept highlights social media’s unique two-way quality. That is, social tools are not intended to simply broadcast a message out into the world. Instead, what separates social media from all other forms that came before it is its...
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