Benny Hinn’s Son Detained in Alleged Beating at Crusade

It doesn’t get much uglier than this. From the Christian Post this morning: The son of charismatic Christian evangelist Benny Hinn was detained along with two bodyguards employed by the ministry for allegedly assaulting a deaf and dumb man during an evangelistic event in Manaus, Brazil. The Daily Mail reported Monday that 21-year-old Joshua Hinn, Caleb Shirk, 26, and Konstantins Konstantinovs, 34, apprehended Hestephenson Araujo as he approached minister Hinn during his sermon with a bottle of water. Araujo had reportedly attended the miracle healing crusade on Saturday at the Provos da Amazonia...
read more

Would you preach at a church where the pastor is accused of covering sexual abuse?

John Piper did.  This last Sunday. Piper said he is excited about Mahaney’s church plant and supports Sovereign Grace and “what God is doing in it across the country and around the world.” But he said his “most emotionally significant” reason to be there was his personal bond with Mahaney. “He is my friend,” Piper said. “He has meant a lot to me over the years, both at the encouragement level of preaching and professional life — though nobody in ministry is a professional — but even more at the personal, family level of caring.” “So it’s real easy for me to stand here...
read more

Rob Bell’s New Book Promo

Rob Bell has a new book coming out.  Here’s the promo. See if you can figure out what he’s saying: Lots of questions. Hip watch. Cosmic significance. Crying for the divine. Monkeys. Then comes the moment where you sit down at the computer and start typing. He was here to make this. (Whatever that is). Giant Elvis picture. Squirrel. God is pulling us forward into greater peace and integration.  
read more

You have NOT been called to be a professional, paid pastor

A challenging piece over at A Pilgrim’s Progress today.  Eric writes: When we look in the bible, we see nothing about pastors receiving salaries. The term “pastor” is rarely used (“elder” is much more common). None of the pastors or elders were part of a separate class (the clergy), and none received salaries that exempted them from regular work. Elders were spiritually mature members of the church in a city who came from that city and worked jobs in that city. Some professional pastors might respond to the title of this post by saying that they are certain God has called...
read more

15 ways to make your church staff feel like crap

OK… Scott uses a nicer way to say this: 15 Proven Ways to Demotivate Your Staff Have you ever been a part of a church staff that made you feel like crap? Where you hated to go to work? Where you were waiting for the next thing to blow up? Chances are, you have at one time or another in your ministry. And the reason:  leaders sometimes, knowingly or unknowingly (although I think it’s almost always knowingly) demotivate their staff.  Here are some ways to do it: When someone complains about a staff member, always assume the complainer has a legitimate beef. Take the complainer’s side...
read more

How tan is your church treasurer?

Please, please tell me that you have safeguards in place so that this NEVER happens in your church. If your church treasurer has enough access to your money that she pays her tanning bill with church funds, you may have a...
read more

Angry Pastors and their irrational behavior

  Angry leaders are dangerous.   Dangerous to themselves, those they lead, and to the church.   TJ Addington recently wrote: Few things are more destructive to God’s work than angry Christian leaders. First, when God’s leaders get angry, they often lose all the grace, wisdom and principles they have taught for decades.   The way you deal with frustration, irritation, and relational issues in church ministry will often define you as a leader.   How you handle your anger affects not only you, but the church you lead.   How have YOU seen an angry leader affect a...
read more

Smart Church leaders do these 5 things

Smart leaders know that learning is the key to staying sharp. A leader who thinks they have no more to learn, won’t be a leader for very long. While most of us understand this, it can be easy for us to close our minds to learning. A recent Inc. Magazine article outlines five practices that smart leaders, and learners, actively employ in their lives: Quiet Your Inner Voice Argue With Yourself Act Like You Are Curious Find the Kernel of Truth Focus on the Message Not the Messenger In this edition of Ministry Briefing, we unpack these habits and attempt to apply them to our own lives. What practices...
read more

Promiscuous Sitting

Tom Stafford writes: It seems comical now. Strange. But this was in the 1840s, when more traditional Methodists in Springfield were trying to uphold the tradition of men and women sitting on separate sides of the sanctuary. In their attempt to do so, they used what now seems an obviously loaded term for the newfangled idea proposed by those who would abandon same-sex pews: “promiscuous sitting.” Members of Springfield’s High Street United Methodist Church know that in the early 1850s, their pastor, Rev. John Inskip, was the dispute’s national lightning rod. Inskip was first suspended from the...
read more

Over the line?

I don’t know… Over the line? Or great use of humor? Or somewhere in between? …you tell me? PS – I thought Ed Young would have learned his lesson last year…
read more
×

TWO WEEKS FREE: This week's top 50 stories for pastors & church leaders... Subscribe today and get your first two weeks FREE!

Switch to our mobile site