RESEARCH: Average SBC Lead Pastor pay: $60k – $72k

The average pay of a senior pastor serving a Southern Baptist church in America for 2012 was $60,774.  That’s for pastors that live in church housing.  For those who don’t, the average is more like $72,840.  That doesn’t include cash payments that most pastors get as reimbursements (like for mileage, conference reimbursements, books, etc. That’s the synopsis from SBC Voices. LifeWay and GuideStone collaborate on the compensation survey. The  latest is available here. Thoughts? Does this strike you as high, low, or just...
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What are you preaching in 2013?

Have you thought much about what you will be concentrating on in your church in 2013? Joe Buchanan gives some practical advice on how to plan our your preaching calendar for the year.  See if this is helpful: 1. Spend time fasting, praying and preparing yourself spiritually to hear from God The amount of time and the way you do this will depend on the individual.  There is no substitute, however, for getting yourself spiritually prepared to hear from God. 2.  Identify the key issues and needs facing your congregation I like to take an afternoon to simply pray through our church directory, asking God...
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What if your church ‘hurried up to be generous’?

Seth Godin is the author of twelve books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change, and work. He is also the master of saying a great deal using relatively few words on his blog. Recently he shared that while people are in a hurry to do many things, generosity isn’t usually on that list.  Godin then asked a powerful question: What happens when we adopt the posture of being in a hurry to be generous? // Read more here:  Hurry Up & Be Generous. It’s a great concept.  How could your church hurry to be generous as we enter these...
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Why Jesus might want to punch you (and me) in the face…

Mike Leake thinks maybe we need to stop complaining about the state of the church: I have lost track of how many books begin by telling me how jacked up the church is.  Usually after lambasting the church and pointing out her many failures there is some obligatory statement on how Jesus still loves her and how she is the only hope of this generation.  But at present she is unattractive, whorish, and a little on the ugly side.  What usually follows is the author’s solution for making the church not quite such an ugly old hag. I’ll be the first to confess that I’ve spoken numerous times on how...
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Lifeway vs. vagina?

OK… cut me some slack… it’s really difficult to create a headline with the words ‘vagina’ and ‘LifeWay’ in such close proximity. It’s the best I could do. But have you been following the controversy involving Rachel Held Evan’s new book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood” and Lifeway? There have been a ton of internet stories about LifeWay’s decision NOT to carry the book in their retail stores.  (This, for a Christian author, is a MAJOR blow… since LifeWay is the largest Christian retail outlet in the country.) Anyway… it...
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Robert Schuller – “I need to discuss that with the Lord”

Robert Schuller took the stand on Wednesday in his trial against Crystal Cathedral Ministries.  Schulller and his wife say the ministry owes them at least $5 million dollars.  Here are some details of the proceedings from the Orange County Register: Throughout his nearly two hours of testimony, Schuller was firm on one idea: he had always allowed the Crystal Cathedral to use his books and other works without receiving royalties but the work was his nonetheless – and not property of the ministry. “We never had anything in writing. We just had an understanding,” Schuller said –...
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Pop-star priest opens megachurch

He’s a Latin Grammy nominated Christian music singer, and Brazil’s most popular Catholic priest. The church seats 20,000 people and has been under construction for 6 years. Here’s more: One of Brazil’s most famous priests has inaugurated a massive new Roman Catholic church that will hold about 20,000 worshippers when complete. A mass was celebrated Friday in Sao Paulo to inaugurate the Mother of God sanctuary. It’s been in construction for more than six years, and it will take several more to finish. Father Marcelo Rossi is the driving force behind the project. He’s a Latin...
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Impossible Bible

Uh-Oh… Another person poking.  Some of yous aren’t going to like this.  At all. How dare he try to promote conversation. What do you think?  Sound like an interesting read to you? Could it be many of us are reading the Bible in a way that it is impossible? HT: ...
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Driscoll Book a Hit

Mark and Grace Driscoll’s new book, Real Marriage, reached the top spot on the list of bestselling books for both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for a while on Monday despite not being available in stores until Tuesday. You can order a copy of “Real Marriage” from Amazon.com right here if you’re so inclined. My question to you is… are YOU planning on reading the book? Respond back with one of the following: 1.  Already read it.  Loved it. 2.  Already read it.  It was ok. 3.  Already read it.  Complete heresy. 4.  Gonna read it… can’t wait. 5.  I’ll...
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Mark Batterson on Circles

Mark Batterson, talking about his new book, The Circle Maker:  Praying Circles Around Your Greatest Dreams and Biggest Fears: You can get your copy here. Have you read the book?  Was it...
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