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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The urgency of your day. What happens after death?

You have the most urgent job in the world today.  In fact, we all do. Watch this short video shot in Columbia, MO, asking people what happens after they die… Thoughts? Todd
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Sam Chand on ‘skinny jeans and spiked hair’ & why your church’s culture needs to change

For the last twenty to thirty years church leaders have heard about the importance of vision. We have gone to conferences about vision, lectured on vision, and encouraged our congregations to buy into vision for years. While many times all a church needs is a clearer understanding of their vision, many times vision just isn’t enough. There is something missing: a healthy church culture. Let’s be brutally honest: an unhealthy church culture will eat your church’s vision for lunch. Enter Sam Chand. Sam’s book Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code goes after that piece that eludes us: church...
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What are you, nuts?

If you’re using the same communication methods, technology, music, delivery style, and format that you did five years ago… you’re nuts. In fact, if you’re not constantly changing the way you communicate the gospel to people in your community, you’re in big, big trouble. Here’s a case in point.  In 1984, kids were asked to explain computers on Sesame Street.  (Mind you… in 1984 I was a sophomore in college).  Here’s what they said: Fast forward 30 years.  Now watch this from 2014: In just 30 years, we’ve watched a generation totally evolve in...
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How to make yourself work when you just don’t want to

According to the Harvard Business Review (and they HAVE to be right because they’re WAY smarter than I’ll ever be) there are three main reasons why we procrastinate: 1.  We put things off because we’re afraid we’ll screw them up 2.  We put things off because we simply don’t feel like doing them 3.  We put things off because it’s hard, boring, or otherwise unpleasant. OK… that sounds about right.  But how to we break through our own procrastinational (is that a word?) tendencies? (I need this today… I have a to-do list with WAY too many items on…...
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How well are you leading?

Leaders are a funny bunch. They come in all shapes and sizes. And temperaments. And according to that temperament, many leaders don’t have a good view of how they are leading. Some tend to overestimate how they’re leading… that things are going great, when, in reality, they’re not. Others tend to underestimate how they’re leading… that things are going horribly, when, in fact, they’re actually going pretty good. Carey Nieuwhof suggests that if you think you’re doing better than you are, you’ll be the last person to realize you need to improve.  And...
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Sticking up for the Soup Nazi

Those of you who read my blog here regularly know that sometimes I like to poke a little fun at Pat Robertson… not because I don’t like Pat Robertson… but because he says some goofy things sometimes (or at least presents some things very differently than I would). Sometimes I agree with him.  Sometimes I don’t. (And for the record, I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Pat some morning… even though I don’t like coffee. Pat has done some incredible things in his life, and I’ve to pick his brain a little.  So, Pat… have your people call my...
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Get more accomplished at your next church staff meeting…

This invention from Coca Cola could really help the productivity of your next staff meeting. Heck… maybe you could get everyone to just leave them on for the day.  Just think of the type of ministry that could get done! Have fun…
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Are you a Jimmy Fallon or Jay Leno Type of Church Leader?

You would think that Jay Leno had it made. He was the King of late night television.  He was (on most nights) crushing the competition.  Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel would have LOVED to have the ratings that Jay Leno enjoyed… right up until his departure last week. But Leno was, by most accounts, forced out early by NBC.  A new article/commentary at Mashable tells why:  Jay Leno, while he was doing great in the traditional measures (nationwide TV audience in a given demographic) could not make the switch to the future (which included youtube, vine, twitter, facebook, and all the viral...
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