Adam Hamilton, Rachel Held Evans and Traci Blackmon nominated to advise President Obama

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The White House has announced plans to add a popular evangelical writer, a Ferguson, Mo., activist and a Methodist megachurch pastor to President Obama’s list of… read more

5 reasons leaders tend to micromanage

By Ron Edmondson
Most of the time micromanaging is not a positive characteristic of leadership. I have written previously about times I do micromanage, but these are rare. In fact, I avoid it if… read more

From Iowa With حب (Love)

By Courtney T Ball
"Islam is a violent religion." "Muslims are dangerous." "They're terrorists." How many times have we heard these statements in Iowa over the past few months? Not since the… read more

Paving the way for female clergy: A testimony

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As I stood in front of the congregation, ready to preach my first sermon, there was no doubt in my mind that this had been God’s idea, not mine. Four years earlier I had… read more

Trump is a huge 'loser' with GOP Protestant pastors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump, who loves to call others "losers," is a big one himself in a new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors. When LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling group, asked… read more

Flint: America's newest mission field

By David Person
What cause has brought rock and acting legend Cher and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz together? The same one that has brought together a militia group and Michael… read more

The way forward for The United Methodist Church

By M. Kathryn Armistead
As The United Methodist Church continues its struggles over issues related to homosexuality, perhaps we would do well to recall other such times in church history. All of our… read more

3 traps of growth and how to overcome them

By Len Wilson
Growth is dangerous. We labor to see things grow, yet when we become enamored with the fruits of our labor, bad things happen. It has the potential to lead us to believe that… read more

Momentum busters

By Mike Slaughter
Often by the third week in January it is easy to lose momentum toward the new commitments we have made for 2016. We kicked off January at Ginghamsburg Church with a new message… read more

You choose: Was this a worship experience or was it ... ?

By Christy Thomas
All our needs were met. Instructions were clear and signage was excellent. Gracious and competent attendants directed us through the gargantuan parking lot, waving us into a… read more

Annual stewardship drive as action planning

By John Laster
Most congregations are in the process of distributing year-end giving statements for 2015 along with letters confirming pledges for 2016. Some stewardship teams think their work… read more

The sin of the clergy pay gap

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, my fellow clergy sisters and I were hit with a gut punch when the new information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released. For the first time, clergy income… read more
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