The longer you talk… the less you lead.

Wow… I like pieces that challenge me. Chew on this for a minute: “Verbosity isn’t leadership.  The longer you talk the less you lead.” Dan Rockwell says: Sadly, people with power usually talk longer than those without. Even worse, we determine whose powerful by the frequency and duration others open their mouths. We have it backwards. “I go to meetings, but I’m not allowed to speak.” (Spoken by a mid-level.) Leaders who do all the talking are power hungry fools. I’m hesitant to soften the blow of that last sentence, but, if it helps, I’m a talker. “Talkers are...
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Ministry Competition. Right or Wrong?

Jennifer Maggio asks some pretty important questions in this article: Do you get jealous when the church or ministry across town has an event that happens to catch the eye of the local newspaper? Or do you rejoice that God is using them in such a way? Do you find yourself critiquing another church, pastor, or ministry that has a similar ministry as yours? Do you feel genuine excitement when God elevates another church or ministry for His purposes? Or do you secretly struggle with jealousy? How would YOU answer these...
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FIRED! Church fires pastor after officiating same-sex marriage

I guess Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer from the Church of the Brethren in State College, PA wanted to take a stand. But that personal stand cost him his job. Kline officiated the same-sex marriage of two men in PA, even though same-sex marriage is not legal in the state.  (One county started issuing same-sex marriage licenses even though it’s not legal in the state as of now). After finding out their pastor had officiated the ceremony at the Mayor’s home, the board called him in and fired him. What did he really expect? What would YOUR church do if you attempted such a ceremony? This is where it...
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Church Sucks. (according to pastor)

A Eugene Church is spreading marketing all over town saying that “Church Sucks”. In case you’re wondering… the church actually did take one tip from me (though they didn’t ask permission!)… a 30 minute service.  That’s the first church I’ve seen that’s doing that (which I’ve thought was a winner for a church that is trying to be really targetted to people who don’t normally attend church). Watch the story… I’d love your input… Great way to reach people in Eugene? Would you do a series like this in your town?  Why or...
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Quotes of the Day: Mark Driscoll

A couple quotes from this article: “The church is dying and no one is noticing because we’re wasting time criticizing rather than evangelizing.” and “You didn’t think you were here to kill time listening to Christian music until Jesus returned, did you?” Thoughts? Todd
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Lost and Found: Henry Blackaby in surgery today

Perhaps you’ve heard about the strange week for Henry Blackaby (you know… one of the writers of the popular Experiencing God from a few years back? Henry came up missing for about 29 hours over the weekend. Evidently, Blackaby suffered a heart attack while driving in Atlanta, became confused, and traveled around for hours and hours before police found him about 150 miles from his home. So… today, Blackaby is facing a quadruple bypass.  Let’s pray for him and his family today. Todd PS — I’m afraid if I showed up missing for 29 hours, no one might miss me.  :) More...
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Church PR nightmare: Mashed potatoes should have gone to homeless, not for your ‘food fight’

Uh-oh.  Sometimes you can’t win. Like when a church did a fall kick-off for their student ministries. Fun stuff!  A couple of the attractions for the youth 1.  A banana split slip n’ slide 2. A food fight with flour bombs, instant mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and eggs. Except for one thing. People could’ve eaten that food. Snap. Here’s the apology letter printed in the local paper: To the editor: Sunday evening, Aug. 25 started our fall kickoff for our students in grades 6-12 at Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church. There was giant Jenga, cornhole, kickball, banana split...
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Excommunicating elders at a megachurch is messy business

Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago is a huge church. And earlier this month, they played a video in all of their services, at all of their campuses, telling of how they are ex-communicating two elders from their fellowship. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE READ THE CHURCH DISCIPLINE LETTER HERE In fact, according to some reports, a dozen or more elders or high level staff have left HBC over the past few years.  The controversy all seems to center around the senior pastor James MacDonald. Many of the former elders have gone on record with problems they felt were being unaddressed by the elder board and MacDonald....
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Hillsong LA is freaking people out

What if other churches lose members when Hillsong opens their new church in Southern California? An article, based on a comment from a ‘visitor’ (not sure where she was a visitor to or from), says that the opening of the new Hillsong will likely be devastating. “There are plenty of churches in the Orange and Los Angeles Counties that will be swallowed whole when Hillsong LA arrives…There are jobs that will be lost and pastors who will see their congregations dwindle. There are also plenty of larger churches as well [whose] pastors have spoken at your conferences, supported your...
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Mondays are HORRIBLE for procrastinators

It’s Monday… the start of a brand new week. You’re either raring to go (and have already gotten about 2 days work done already this morning)… or you may be a procrastinator. I can be either, depending on my mood and situation of the day. But I’ve found that Monday’s can be the hardest day of the week to get going. And if you’re a procrastinator, you may be honing your skills as we speak! Take a look at this, and see if you see yourself in any of these: HT:...
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