But I just don’t get it.

The best opportunity you’ve got to grow and to make an impact is to seek out the, “I don’t get it,” moments, and then work at it and noodle on it and discuss it until you do get it. Analogies and metaphors are your friends. Dense lyrics, almost indecipherable prose, mysterious successes–these are the places where you will leap forward. Seth Godin
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Knock it off, John MacArthur

Well… that’s the message from Michael Brown (who writes for Charisma Magazine) to John MacArthur. It seems that MacArthur is holding a “Strange Fire” conference right now in Southern California to help pastors ‘evaluate the claims of those in the charismatic movement’ and help those in attendance immerse themselves ‘in the Word of God and sweet fellowship of like-minded believers’. But it appears that charismatics are not what MacArthur would consider ‘like-minded believers’. In fact, a response to Michael Brown’s original article asking...
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Pastor confesses his wife’s adultery and mental illness to church

Huh.  What do you think of this excerpt? This past Sunday, Pastor Carpenter told the Redemption World Outreach Center that his wife, Hope Hilley Carpenter, had committed adultery many times during the past ten years of their twenty year marriage. He also told the Greenville, S.C. church that Hope voluntarily checked herself into a one-year rehab clinic where she is in isolation for evaluation. Pastor Carpenter also informed his congregation that a therapist said his wife “was the worst case they had ever seen.” “There is a sickness, there is a whole other dual life that I am finding...
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What every church leader should know about sexting

Yes… it’s important. Because it’s happening in your church. And probably not just with teenagers. First, a definition:  Sexting is using mobile technology to send a suggestive, nude or semi-nude text, picture or video of oneself to someone else. Why do you need to know about this? Well… because according to a recent study, about 48% of teens have received a sexually suggestive message.  And about 39% have sent one. I’m not sure what the stats are for adults, but I bet they’re probably not that much different in your community, at least in some circles. Here are...
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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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