10 Indispensible Practices of The 2-Minute Leader

For those of you who don’t know Brian Dodd… Brian loves the local church, and serves the church through his work at The Rocket Company and his blog, Brian Dodd on Leadership. I am really excited about Brian’s newest project, 10 Indispensible Practices of The 2-Minute Leader. In today’s Ministry Briefing Conversation Matt and I sit down with Brian to hear more about his new book, and the practices that he thinks are most important for church leaders to incorporate in their day to day activities. Click below to watch the...
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What churches can learn from nuclear subs

Ok, so a nuclear submarine and a church don’t seem to have a whole awful lot in common… at first. Take a closer look, and you will find two complex organizations loaded with similar leadership challenges. While the mission of the local church is not to go around sinking enemy vessels (in case you were wondering), the need for church leadership to develop and maintain a healthy organizational culture focused on expanding God’s Kingdom is remarkably similar to the duties of a submarine’s senior officers as they set out on their mission to defend our country. Today we feature a special interview...
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Forgiveness is cheaper than therapy

This week’s Ministry Briefing Conversation is with Mykey Robinson, the author of Cheaper Than Therapy: How To Forgive and Overcome Anger, Anxiety, Fear and Stress. Mykey has spent years on church staff, working as a counselor, and serving in hospice settings, and through it all has learned a good bit about forgiveness, and how important it truly is. This conversation will be helpful for church leaders in two ways: Mykey shares some great insight on helping people to forgive… something every pastor does on a regular basis.  Getting beat up is a regular occurrence in the life of a pastor....
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One way to evaluate the financial integrity of your church

Are you ready for this?  One word.  Audit. When was the last time your church did an external audit? True, it’s expensive. But it’s necessary. It’s the one way to be absolutely, independently sure that your church has the highest form of financial integrity and accountability. When was the last time your church did an audit? Here’s more information…
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10 signs your pastor is a zombie

I think I may have met a few of these in my day… HT: NakedPastor  
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Are you wasting your time at work today?

Here’s a great infographic that supposedly tells you the three biggest time-wasters while you are at work. See what you think… What do you think? HT:  Churchmag  
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Here’s how to tell if you’re growing as a leader…

Scott Cochrane gives you three ways that he thinks you can actually measure your effectiveness as a leader (and in your development of other leaders).  Here they are: 1.  You are attracting higher capacity leaders into your orbit. In short:  high capacity leaders will be drawn to you because of your own leadership. 2.  Your opinion is not only being heard, it is being sought out. In short:  Heads will turn in your direction to see what YOU think. 3.  There are increasing numbers of leaders in your circle. In short: not because you’re attracting new leaders, but because you’re...
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The NINES is coming! Register today for FREE!

I’m happy to let you know that the NINES is returning on November 12-13. If you’re not familiar with the NINES, it is an online conference that I produce for Leadership Network.  This year’s two day FREE online event features over 100+ speakers (each with 5 minutes!) talking about “What’s Working” in their church. I’ve watched the videos… and you’re definitely going to want to watch with your staff this year! You can register for free by clicking the graphic...
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Josh McDowell: The greatest threat to the Body of Christ in 2,000 years is…

A very provocative Josh McDowell says that pornography is the greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years, according to quotes reported in the Christian Post. Here is part of the article.  WARNING:  It is graphic. McDowell emphasized that young people are increasingly becoming addicted to pornography, adding that it is the greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years. “This is destroying pastors, youth pastors and more Christians than anything by far in history,” said McDowell. “The number one demographic is 12- to 25-year-olds, there’s no difference in and...
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Pastors who Twerk (and innovate)

Agree or disagree? The next time I hear a pastor argue that what the church really needs is more innovative pastors I might lose my hair. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against innovation or against innovative pastors in principle. The church certainly needs transformation and we desperately need folks with new ideas. My problem is with our temptation to locate innovation with the clergy and the way it perpetuates a savior mythology, one that oppresses them as much as it does us we lay folk. That’s a quote from Patrick Scriven, Director of COmmunications and Young People’s Ministries...
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