When Compassion Trumps Law

By Ryan Wilson
Luke 13:10-17 During Jesus’ day, the temple was still the main place for Jews to congregate and worship on important religious holidays; however, the synagogue was the… read more

Meeting Needs: Church Growth from the Korean American Perspective

By Sungho Lee
When I was in Korea, I experienced rapid growth of Christian churches regardless of their denominations. Conservative churches as well as liberal churches grew like crazy. Within… read more

U.S. Women and Racial-Ethnic Clergy: Increasing, but Still in Smaller Pulpits

By Felicia Howell LaBoy
The good news is that the number of women and racial-ethnic clergy in the U.S. United Methodist Church nearly doubled between 1997 and 2008. The challenge: Women are far less… read more

Reframing Church Vitality

By Bill Kemp
How do you ‘frame’ discussions concerning congregational vitality? What jargon, anecdotes, stereotypes, interpretation schemes, etc., do you use to explain why some… read more

Where Two or Three Are Gathered

By Dorcas Linger Conrad
I’ve been a United Methodist pastor for over 30 years in one of the smallest conferences in the denomination. What we think of as large churches would be considered mid-size … read more

Investing Leadership in Small Churches: A Story of Revitalization

By Amy Yeary Holmes
Telford UMC is the epitome of a small country church. It sits off State Route 34 in Telford, Tenn. Down the road and across the street is an abandoned train stop along a lonely… read more
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