Summertime parables and the fate of the UMC

By James C. Howell
During these long, sweltering summer days, when the pace of church life is a bit slower for me, I find my mind wandering from here to there, and I start to connect some dots I… read more

How to organize your volunteer recruitment

By Youth Ministry Partners
Last week we sat down with our friends from the Sustainable Youth Ministry Podcast and talked about how to organize your volunteer recruitment effort. We also discussed how to… read more

Theological diversity as a means of grace

By David N. Field
Theological and ethical diversity has been a characteristic of the UMC since its formation in 1968; this was also true to a lesser extent of some of its predecessor denominations. … read more

Are you a better leader or manager?

By Ron Edmondson
Are you more of a leader or a manager? This may be one of the most important questions we have to answer as our careers take us to new roles. Every organization needs both. There… read more

4 easy steps to healthy delegation

By Ron Edmondson
Even a potential control freak leader like me knows healthy delegating actually improves the organization. Yet, I work with dozens of pastors and leaders every year who struggle… read more

Why ambiguity makes for great art and terrible leadership

By Talbot Davis
Most critics will tell you that great novels and films involve more than a little ambiguity. Characters are rounded, stories are open-ended, and the heroes and villains are… read more

Longevity in ministry

By Todd Outcalt
This past year I celebrated thirty-five years in pastoral ministry — a personal milestone that, as others noted, was becoming a rarity. At least that’s what the… read more

Reformed churches endorse Catholic-Lutheran accord on key Reformation dispute

By Tom Heneghan / Religion News Service
(RNS) Amid ceremonies this year marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, one of Protestantism’s leading branches has officially said it now agrees with the Vatican… read more

Can Facebook replace church?

By Andrea Syverson / Religion News Service
(RNS) During a rally for Facebook users last month, Mark Zuckerberg laid out his dreams for the future of his social media behemoth. As the website reaches two billion users… read more

One sure sign you're on a healthy team

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve often said good leaders never assume silence means everyone is in agreement. Especially during seasons of change, the leader can’t assume everyone is on board… read more

The heart of the matter

By David C. Hockett
Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). Jesus puts the question directly to his disciples. After asking what the crowds say about him—the… read more

What middle am I in?

By Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli
Nearly ten years ago at a dinner in New York City, I was stunned when someone at my table declared clearly that there is really no point in dialogue or relationship with those… read more
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