December 2, 2013 Edition

Give us 30 minutes... we'll make you a better, more-informed leader... here are the stories we cover in this week's Ministry Briefing...


  • Proposed Law in Oregon Brings Up Discrimination Questions
  • Christian University Considers Faculty in Same Sex Relationships
  • Suicide at the End of Life Gains Support at Among Evangelicals
  • Millennials Wary of Christian Cliches
  • Link Discovered Between Poor Mental Health and Casual Sex
  • Mars Hill in Seattle Donates 1500 Coats
  • Giving Is Largely Motivated and Directed by Faith
  • No Makeup November Challenges Culture's Norms for Beauty
  • Christian Business in U.K. Must Serve Same Sex Couples
  • New Jersey Allows Gambling Online


  • Clergy Housing Allowance Ruled Unconstitutional
  • Leading Pagan Blogger Converts to Christianity
  • Shots Exchanged in Texas Church Parking Lot
  • 1,000 Lost to Love Wins
  • Tourists Visiting National Cathedral Will Be Charged
  • Doctor Opens Up Christian Movie Store with Deep Roots of Faith
  • McArthur Warned About Grieving the Holy Spirit
  • Pastor Shoots His Grandson and Friend Who Robbed His Home
  • Victory Christian Center Staff Found Guilty of Multiple Crimes
  • Pastor with Sexual Abuse History Offends Again
  • Cowboy Church Opens in Arizona
  • Mars Hill Plans to Expand to Spokane
  • Copier Salesman Steals from Churches
  • Executive Chef in Command of Soup Kitchen


  • Catholics Disconnected from Vatican
  • Baptists in Indiana Sell Their Building
  • Baptists in Virginia Celebrate Expansion
  • Attendance Does Not Change for Catholics in 2013


  • Attitude Latitude = Gratitude
  • Let's Get A Little Touchy Feely This Time
  • Leadership Bloodstream - 4 Needs to Lead
  • Just Shut Up and Sit Still
  • Do You Want To Be A Great Boss?
  • Be Grateful More Often


  • Fuller Seminary's Mouw Founds New Institute
  • Driscoll Accused of Plagiarism
  • Billy Graham Released from Hospital


  • Fire Bible for Kids App Announced
  • Google Works with Law Enforcement on Removing Pornography
  • TIME Takes Person of the Year to Twitter


  • Native American Church Bridges Two Cultures
  • Methodist Bishop Asked to Drop Charges Against Pastor
  • Is There a Revival in New York City?
  • IRS Changes Could Impact Larger Gifts from Seniors
  • Are Evangelicals Collapsing or in Transition?
  • End of Life Preferences Differ Dramatically According to Race
  • Church Lays Off 47 Employees


  • Restaurant Offers Discount to Turn of Cell Phone
  • Brussels Sprouts Converted Into Battery
  • 10% of Women Prefer Their Pets Over Their Partners


  • Christians in Northern Nigeria Continue to Suffer
  • Scandinavian Countries Are the Most Generous
  • Islam to be Outlawed in Angola
  • Evangelist Ordered Deported from Israel
  • Chinese Officials Get in the Grills of Residents