Ministry Briefing February Edition is Ready for Download!

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Ministry is tough. The demands are high, and the extra time you have is low. Ministry Briefing is a concise look at what happened in ministry over the past month: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

We think that when you keep up what’s happening in churches and culture around the world, it will make you a better ministry leader. We love the church… and that love has caused us to write this unique commentary on what is impacting ministry and church-life, hoping that it will help you be better informed and on top of your ‘ministry’ game.

What stories made the news that will potentially affect you and your church? What trends are happening in culture and ministry that will affect you, your family, and your leadership? And what are some churches doing that are making an impact in their communities? You’ll find all the latest things you need to be aware of right here in one place.

Ministry Briefing is a short field guide to everything you should know in the church and ministry world. We’ll give you just the facts on each story, along with a link so that you can check out all the details only if you wish.


We hope that you’ll find our hours of research, reading and writing this months’ edition of Ministry Briefing will be a real help to you and your church. And we thank you, in advance, for the trust you have put in us by purchasing this first edition of 2013! The price is just $9.99 (and you can share it with up to ten of your staff members and church leaders)… and you’ll be able to download immediately in any format!


Thanks… and have a GREAT week in ministry!

Pastor, Please Help Us

Read these words written by Pastor Chuck Baldwin from Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL.

My bet is that you will either be screaming Hallelujah, or pulling your hair out.

Which is it for you?

In the early 60s, the battlefield was prayer and Bible reading in school. Pastors and church abandoned the battlefield, and the enemy took the field. In the early 70s, abortion-on-demand was the battlefield. Pastors and churches abandoned the battlefield, and the enemy took the field. In the early 2000s, the creation of a police state was the battlefield (which is still raging), and the vast majority of pastors and churches are nowhere to be found. Now, the enemies of liberty are threatening to make outlaws out of millions of God-fearing, law-abiding citizens who believe in the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. This is the point today where “the devil and the world are at the moment attacking.” And once again, most pastors and churches are abandoning the battlefield.

Pastor, please help us!

If every pastor who, in his heart, believes in the right to keep and bear arms would publically from the pulpit denounce Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein’s attempted gun ban plan, it is almost certain that the politicians at both the State and federal levels would hear the message loud and clear. With apologies to Edmund Burke, the only way evil can triumph is when Christian people – especially pastors – do nothing.

Instead of being courageous prophets, as God’s men are commissioned to be, so many of them – especially the nationally renowned ones – are busy providing cover for the would-be tyrants in Washington, D.C. Case in point: during a pre-inauguration service for President Obama, nationally-renowned pastor Andy Stanley (son of the famous Charles Stanley) delivered a 12-minute address. During his “sermon,” he called Obama “America’s Pastor-in-Chief.”

Barack Obama is a man who believes in killing innocent unborn babies (How many babies have been murdered in the wombs of their mothers since Obama was first elected back in 2008?); he is a man who, on his own personal orders, has killed nearly 200 children in drone missile attacks (at least two of the children who were killed were Americans). No consent of Congress was ever given. On his word alone, Barack Obama has used drone missiles to kill many times more children than Adam Lanza killed at Sandy Hook.

Leave a comment.  What’s your first reaction from Pastor Baldwin’s words?

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Safe Church: The right people carrying guns

Pastor Brady Boyd from New Life Church in Colorado Spring is registered to carry a hand gun, but he doesn’t carry when he preaches:  ”“It could be dangerous for a pastor to be shooting back in a big crowd of people. My church is safe because we have the right people carrying guns.”

Pastor Larry Dickey of First Baptist Church in Sunizona, AZ, however, thinks he’s the right guy in his church to carry a gun: “I do so because there is a need for people to understand that we need to defend families and ourselves…We are not a nation that understands how important it is to be vigilant in safely handling a firearm in a defensive manner – with courts and other segments of our society thinking if we are unarmed, we will be a safer people.”

Two different points of view.

What’s yours?

Or maybe you think that guns should not be present AT ALL on Sunday mornings.

I’d love to hear where you (and your church) stand on this issue.

Leave a comment.

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Robert Jeffress and First Baptist Dallas changing the way they talk about homosexuality

According to the Huffington Post:

The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit.

The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn’t stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within “a bigger context of God’s plan for sex between one man and one woman in a lifetime relationship called marriage.”

“It would be the height of hypocrisy to condemn homosexuality and not adultery or unbiblical divorce,” he said, explaining that the Bible allows divorce only in cases of adultery or desertion. He also includes premarital sex on that list.

More interesting things from the article:

Demographics isn’t the only force driving changes in the evangelical response to gays and lesbians. As it becomes safer for gays and lesbians to come out of the closet, it becomes increasingly more likely that evangelicals know gays and lesbians personally, researchers say.

“Over the last five to 10 years, evangelicals have been faced with the issue even more poignantly as their sons and daughters come out of the closet,” Leonard said. ” … It has become more difficult to dismiss `those people.’”

Justin Lee, founder of the Gay Christian Network, is one of those children.

Like most evangelicals, Lee grew up believing that the Bible was to be taken pretty much at face value, but in wrestling with the realization that he was gay, he has found a more nuanced way to read Scripture. Now he works to foster understanding of gays and lesbians within evangelical institutions.

“I do hear from church leaders and pastors, who say, `I already know where I stand, but how can I be more loving and gracious to the gay community without compromising my convictions?’” Lee said. “There are a lot of things I say, but chief among them is that the more you listen to people and ask about their lives and stories, the more you are able to show grace and love, even if you don’t agree.”

Jeffress, who has gay and lesbian members in his church, tries to be compassionate and understanding.

He said he is open to the possibility that sexual orientation has a genetic basis that cannot be cured or prayed away.

“I think we were too quick to dismiss the possibility of a genetic predisposition,” Jeffress said.

But that hasn’t altered his belief the Bible teaches that acting on homosexual desire is sinful, and he feels it is his responsibility to talk about it with his congregation.

“We cannot pick and choose what parts of God’s word we are called to share,” he said. “God gave it to us, not to hurt people, but to help people.”

But Jeffress said he was concerned that some other evangelical pastors were shirking this responsibility.

“My sense is that people are just avoiding the subject, by and large,” he said. “They are so bent on trying to add to the numbers of their churches that they don’t want to disenfranchise new members or be characterized as unfriendly.”


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I’m leaving your church and here’s why…

When people leave a church, they give a bunch of reasons… but they all come down to one thing: your church is not meeting their needs.

Matt Steen and I talk about how to close your church’s back door, and changing your congregation’s mentality from that of entitlement, to that of being a servant.

Click on the link, check out our take, and let us know what YOU think:


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Does Jesus bet on the super bowl?

Answer me truthfully: Do you think that God will dictate who wins, and who loses, this weekend’s Super Bowl?

There is no right or wrong answer, but it is an interesting question. Matt Steen and I talk a little football, and discuss a recent study that says 27% of Americans believe that God plays a role in sporting events. The fascinating part, for me at least, was how it broke down geographically and demographically.

Click the link below, check it out, and let us know what YOU think (and your pick for this weekend’s game):

god super bowl

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Ministry Cohorts starting later this month…

My friend Matt Steen is doing some ‘ministry cohorts’ that you might be interested in… Check it out… Matt Says…

Happy February.

Yeah, I said it, February.

It is hard to believe just thirty-two days ago we were watching balls drop, singing Auld Lang Syne, and talking about the things that we were going to be up to in 2013. If you are like most church leaders, you came into the new year exhausted from the Christmas season, looking forward to catching your breath before gearing up for the sprint that is Easter (did I mention Easter is early this year?).

So, do you mind if I ask you a hard question?

How are you doing on your goals for 2013?

By this point in the year, people have quit going to the gym, started watching TV again, and are just as addicted to their smart phones (guilty as charged). Are your ministry goals stalled as well?

Two years ago a friend of mine and I started to express something that we had known for a long time: ministry can be a lonely place. Out of that conversation, we started a company called Church Simple. We come alongside of pastors and help them think through what is going on in their ministries, and what their next steps are. We are coaches, we are confidantes, and we do this in community. Our coaching model brings together a group of church leaders from all over the country for a season of six to twelve months where we intentionally invest in one another. We talk leadership, we talk strategy, we talk tactics. We sharpen one another through our times together.

Each participant in a cohort commits to two meetings each month: a gathering of the cohort as a whole, and an individual session with one of our ministry coaches.

I know you are busy (Easter is coming!), but we both know that you can’t do ministry alone.

We’d love to journey with you this year.

Interested? Click here, and let’s talk.


The jerkicidal tendencies of a pastor…

We all know a pastor or two that we think are jerks.

Right?  (we’re being honest here).

But the truth is… we all have jerkicidal tendencies.

Like this pastor, who tried to make a really bad point, only to be ridiculed worldwide when her jerkiness was put on display for the whole world to see.

Please… don’t be THIS pastor.

Matt Steen and I discuss…

pastoral jerks


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Why risking isn’t as risky as you think…

Do you ever find yourself in ‘risk avoidance mode’?

Ever feel the need to play it safe?

We know as leaders, that many times you don’t make any gains, unless you stick your neck out… and risk.

But… as it turns out… risk done properly may not be quite as risky as you think.  Matt Steen and I discuss:

church leader risk

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Killing Your Email Mistress

How many messages do you have sitting in your email inbox right now? Ten? Twenty? Two hundred and thirty eight?

Email can be a great tool, or it can be an unforgiving mistress… it all depends on how you manage it. Matt Steen and I discuss how to manage your email so that it doesn’t manage you. Click the link, check out our thoughts, and let us know your thoughts and experiences:

church leaders email

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