Free Report: Staffing for Stewardship

Churches throughout the United States are not only taking the Bible’s teaching on stewardship and generosity more seriously, they are also developing creative new staff roles to help integrate the value of generosity into all aspects of congregational life. All have one thing in common—a renewed focus on generosity is creating blessings for those who give and receive. Leadership Network’s concept paper, Staffing for Stewardship: Innovative churches are exploring new pathways for incorporating stewardship, previously published by Alexis Wilson explores this important topic. Here are some great...
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Multisite Church Trends for 2014 from Jim Tomberlin

Multisite church trends have changed from year to year… but the momentum and sustainability of the multisite revolution will continue well into 2014.  Jim Tomberlin knows as well as anyone what is happening in multisite these days. Here’s what he thinks we’ll see more of in 2014 in Multisite Church Trends: Megachurches becoming giga-churches. Megachurches are getting bigger because they are no longer limited to one location. Owning multisite locations. Up to now the overwhelming majority of multisite campuses are in rented facilities. Because the multisite model has now moved...
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Welcome to 2014. Time to think about your resignation letter.

Well… that’s not a great way to start off 2014, Todd… thinking about your resignation letter from your church! OK… I get your point. But maybe you should think about it today… the first day back to work in the new year. Whether you’re happy you’re where you are at, or you’re just putting in your time (we’ve both been both places!), there is some value in the exercise of thinking about what you might write in your resignation letter… it helps to to focus on what you’re thankful for today. I wrote a post about this subject over at my...
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Mark Driscoll is not an intentional plagairist

Mark Driscoll is many things to many people. But he’s not an intentional plagiarist. At least in my opinion. Maybe you haven’t heard of all the uproar. (But I find it hard to believe it’s gotten past you). Driscoll appeared a couple of weeks ago on nationally syndicated Christian talk show host Janet Mefford’s radio program to discuss his new book. But the discussion never got to the book. Instead, Driscoll was first backed into a corner on his recent appearance at the John MacArthur Strange Fire conference.  Mefford tried to get Driscoll to admit that he lied about his books...
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5 productivity tips from the busiest people in the world

Need to get more done? Especially in December… year end… holiday season… Christmas schedules, etc.? Maybe this will be helpful. Five tips: 1.  Have a single purpose focus 2. Ruthlessly block out distractions 3. Set a time limit on meetings 4. Set up productivity rituals 5.  Get up earlier See the full image, with details,...
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Don’t kid yourself. You’re not all that brilliant.

I recently read an interesting piece over at the Harvard Business Review about how much luck there is our decision making process. Good luck, bad luck, fate.  Whatever. Of course this was written from a secular view point. I’m not sure I’m a believer in luck.  Or coincidence. In many ways… being a Christian changes you view of things, doesn’t it. But here’s the premise. When you’re at the point of making a decision on anything, the circumstances that bring you to that decision point are usually pretty much out of your control (at least somewhat).  The writer calls...
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Change Your Church Culture… in SIX MONTHS?

Conventional wisdom says that changing the culture of your church will take years. DNA is hard to change. But it’s a nasty proposition. Change the culture too fast and everything blows up. Change the culture too slowly, and you’re probably not going to be around to see any of the church. But is there a better way? There was recently an interesting case study article reported on at the Harvard Business Review that says if you’re going to change your culture, do it quickly. It cites a couple of business examples where culture of an office was changed remarkably in 6 months! That’s...
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If the world only had 100 people, this is what it would look like…

I found this graphic recently.  It is very interesting, and makes me think. From Lifehack.com: 50 are female, 50 are male. 26 of these are children and only 8 people are aged 65 and older. 60 people are Asian, 15 African, 14 people are from the Americas and 11 individuals come from Europe. 5 of us speak English and 5 speak Spanish. Arabic, Hindi, Bengali and Portuguese all have 3 fluent speakers each. 12 speak Chinese, whilst 62 speak other languages. 83 are literate, 77 people have shelter, 87 have access to safe water, 15 are undernourished and 21 are overweight. 33 of us would be...
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Is the Housing Allowance Going Away?

Last week a Wisconsin Federal District Court judge ruled that the pastoral housing allowance violates the establishment clause of the first amendment. This news can be quite upsetting for church leaders across the country as they try to figure out how to fairly compensate their pastors, and for pastors who need to rethink their monthly budgets now that a major tax benefit has been ruled unconstitutional. Yesterday morning, Matt Steen and I had a conversation with Mike Batts, managing partner of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee. Mike and his team work exclusively with churches and pastors, and have...
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KUDOS: Kentucky church hosts prom for physically and mentally disabled

Southland Christian Church in Lexington did a great thing this past weekend… hosting over 1000 physically and mentally disabled (I hope that’s the right politically correct terminology) to what they called a ‘Jesus Prom’. How great is this? From an article at the Christian Post: Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., held an event for the mentally and physically disabled community dubbed “Jesus Prom” over the past weekend that featured a night of celebration and compassion dedicated to those in attendance. The annual free event drew 1,100 people decked in prom...
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