How to destroy a massive to-do list

By Chad Brooks
Have you ever almost shut down from the stress of losing control of your to-do list? Don’t lie. You have. We all have. In this episode of The Productive Pastor I share… read more

Always right

By Joseph Yoo
I wonder how many of us are consumed with being right more than anything else. Don't get me wrong. I am one of those people. I love being right. I'm thankful for smartphones… read more

Denominational restructuring won’t work; local churches must innovate

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) After 50 years of decline, mainline denominations are reinventing themselves, or at least “re-imagining” what the church might look like, as an Episcopal Church… read more

Big churches, big bucks: Southern senior pastors take top salaries

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on churches and finances released… read more

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to … read more

3 Keys to engaging millennials on your ministry team

By Jolene Cassellius Erlacher
“It was just very, very hard at times,” Sean said of his first ministry position. “Pastor and I didn’t always see eye to eye, and we didn’t always… read more

Bible in the public schools: What text?

By Ed Trimmer
So my 16-year-old stepdaughter signed up for a Bible class in high school as an elective thinking I’m sure, easy A with both her mom and stepdad being preachers. As most of… read more

Let's talk about sex #UMC

By Christy Thomas
An article in the New York Times recently caught my eye. Titled “Let’s Not Talk About Sex,” it is written by Paul A. Offit, a professor of pediatrics and… read more

It’s time for church people to stop their usual fussing

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. Conditions might… read more

Cracks in the ‘stained-glass ceiling’: Women reach prominent pulpits

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Chicago. New York. Washington, D.C. In quick succession this year, three women have been chosen to lead historic tall-steeple churches in all these cities. In May, the Rev… read more

Sermonsmith and John Chandler

By Chad Brooks
I have been waiting for this episode for months! I sat down with John Chandler, host and producer of the Sermonsmith podcast and learned from him. John interviews a different… read more

The church and millennials

By Timothy Siburg
Recently I had the chance to participate in an open-space conversation on the purpose and practices of lay theological education. As part of this discussion, there emerged a… read more
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