Top 6 paths to productivity, 21st century style

By Talbot Davis
We all have deadlines, but then again, we all have distractions, too. So what are some ways in the digital age to increase productivity, in ministry and otherwise? Here are six… read more

Community organizing

By Dave Barnhart
What is community organizing? The first time many Americans heard the phrase community organizing was when it was listed as part of Barack Obama’s resumé in the 2008… read more

Don't panic

By Preston Maxwell
Ever have one of “those” weeks? You know, the type of week where you cannot seem to escape the bad news? One of those weeks where you are doing your best to tread… read more

I am not an obstacle to Christian unity

By Kira Schlesinger
As those who frequently read my writings on this site know, I write a lot about gender issues and the church, what it is like to be a woman in ministry, and the challenges and… read more

The 3 rules of survival that will do us in

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I’ve never heard a denominational executive say these words before: “You were called by God to serve the Kingdom. So do that. Don’t worry about the institutional … read more

My thoughts on the WCA meeting in Chicago

By Shane Raynor
I was in Chicago on Friday (October 7) for the first meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group of evangelical United Methodists “committed to the Wesleyan… read more

Three "I's" of stewardship

By Todd Outcalt
One of the newest college majors to emerge in universities across the country is philanthropy. Organizations, from non-profits to foundations to the university endowments… read more

Staying focused on older adults

By Judy Bumgarner / Cokesbury Commons
The future of our churches, in whatever form they may take, will depend upon today’s young adults. We’ve learned through countless studies, as well as from personal… read more

8 things I wouldn’t do again if planting another church

By Ron Edmondson
I've been involved in church planting for most of my ministry career, whether as a planter or as a supporter of planting. I love the process of planting. I love the energy and the … read more

Time to withdraw

By Corey Francis
Sometimes, you just need to walk away. We all go through it. Those times feel like we've gone through a meat grinder or have been beaten with a sledgehammer until all that's left… read more

Theology and Vulnerability

By Karoline M. Lewis
Not only is ministry inherently vulnerable because you are continually at risk for others observing your perceived faults and the aspects of yourself you would rather not have… read more

Handle little things before they become big things

By Ron Edmondson
Cheryl and I were in a grocery store out of town some time ago. We turned the corner from one aisle into a main aisle and instantly saw a gentleman slip and fall. He wasn’t… read more
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