Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

Here’s just one of the stories you may have missed in the past month that we featured this month’s Ministry Briefing download: Twitter Grows Faster Than Facebook, Google+ According to Global Web Index, Twitter is the fastest growing social platform on the Internet, outpacing Facebook and Google+ for the first time. Twitter saw a 40% increase in active users between the second and fourth quarters of 2012. The platform also boasts a more engaged user base, with 59% of its users contributing at least once a month. Source: Mashable What implications does this have for your ministry?  Do you...
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10 ways to deal with quiet people

Just because someone is quiet, doesn’t mean they don’t have some great ideas and strengths for your organization. Here are ten suggestions on how to deal with quiet people from the “Leadership Freak”.  Good stuff: Honor their strengths. Never say, “Oh, they’re quiet,” like it’s a disease. Respect their ability to commit. When they’re in, they’re really in. Give them prep time. Don’t spring things on them. Don’t assume silence is disagreement or consent. Just don’t assume. Enjoy silence. Give them space by closing your mouth. Ask questions,...
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Princeton Seminary President: Things have to change

Interesting, coming from the president of Princeton Seminary, M. Craig Barnes: ”Seminaries, typically, are well organized, well structured to train pastors to serve a church in the 1980s. And that’s just not working anymore,” he said. “We do have to change our way of creating church leaders in order to make them capable of handling that new society.” ”The church is becoming multi-cultural as the society is becoming more multi-cultural. And we’re having to pay attention to that… So we’ve got to equip students to lead churches that don’t look like your classic, staid,...
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Mark Driscoll sticks up for Joel Osteen

A really interesting piece over at the Christian Post taken from a recent interview with Mark Driscoll by the Gospel Coalition. Turns out that Mark Driscoll thinks that there are probably worse things in the world than Joel Osteen. In fact, he kind of chides others in his reformed camp, who he says, treat “Pastor Joel like a pinata”. According to Driscoll: “I am aware of the theological differences that exist between our tribe and Pastor Joel…I also know my Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a pinata, but there are worse things than being happy and encouraging...
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Overcoming our Pharisee nature…

In his new book, Mud and the Masterpiece, John Burke explores practical ways in which we can overcome Pharisee-like behavior to have Jesus-like impact on those around us. After studying every one of Jesus’ encounters to see what differentiated Jesus from the religious Pharisees, he’s come to the conclusion that we won’t see the culture becoming followers of Jesus unless we first align our attitudes with those of Jesus. People can sense what’s in our hearts toward them—and that makes the biggest difference. That’s what Mud and the Masterpiece is about… First aligning our heart...
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Special discount for Catalyst West!!

  On behalf of Monday Morning Insight and Catalyst, you are invited to attend Catalyst West on April 17-19, 2013 in Orange County, California. This is a one-of-a-kind gathering for leaders like you! Just enter code ‘MMI’ to get your special pricing.  You have to do so by February 14!
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How concerned are you about current boy scout situation?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the current discussion in the boy scouts about homosexuality. It’s a big deal. But I’m wondering… are you talking publicly about this, or keeping to yourself? Should you be talking publicly about this?  Should you be silent? That’s a really big question. Here’s a response from Richard Land from the SBC. Do you agree?  Disagree? Would you say this from your pulpit?  Is your church taking a public stand on this issue? I’d really be interested in knowing what you think… You can read more...
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A baptist, catholic, methodist, and anglican walk into a church…

A remarkable story from the UK… An anglican, methodist, baptist and a catholic church have merged into one church. OK… so this might be a little much… but I’m wondering if a few mergers wouldn’t help the church world some. Matt Steen and I discuss our thoughts on this (and other) merger: CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO (Length: 6 min 22 sec) Subscribe to MinistryBriefing on YouTube What do YOU think?  Leave a text or video comment...
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When everyone in your church doesn’t think alike…

Dr. Bob Rice of First Presbyterian Church in Norman, OK, thinks he has the answer for churches that want their people to think alike on things:  It will never happen. He’s talking about another church in his denomination recently pulling out of the group because of the PCUSAs stand on homosexuality.  Here’s part of an article that tell’s Dr. Rice’s solution: The Rev. Dr. Bob Rice, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Norman for 15 years, said he understands why First Presbyterian Church of Edmond chose to leave the denomination, but believes the problem is a lack of...
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7 new ministry opportunities just posted…

Here are seven brand new (within the 24 hours!) job and ministry opportunities that you might want to check out. Just click the graphic below to find out all the details and how to apply. And if your church is hiring, be sure to add your opening.  It’s free… and takes less than five minutes.  I’ll do my best to help spread the word and find you some great...
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