Camp as holy ground

By Kira Schlesinger
The summer after I graduated from divinity school and was ordained as a transitional deacon, I completed my very first official ministry job — camp chaplain. After the… read more

Sharpening the edges

By Todd Outcalt
Eugene Peterson, in one of his earliest books entitled Working the Angles (Eerdmans’s, 1989), noted that pastoral integrity and influence is meted out through consistent… read more

A time for humility in the UMC

By Clifton Stringer
I don't know what is going to become of the United Methodist Church, and this, it seems to me, is a divine summons to humility. I did not expect the delegates at General… read more

5 (first thing) tasks to gain serious traction

By Chad Brooks
In episode 53 of The Productive Pastor podcast, Chad Brooks shares five intentional moves you can make to gain traction in your ministry. [Show notes] Subscribe to The… read more

Obsessing over numbers

By Joseph Yoo
Confession: I rarely check my posts that go live on Ministry Matters. It’s not to avoid commenters and discussions that may come as a result of the posts. I’d actually … read more

In defense of resting on your laurels

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
“We’re always on to the next thing,” one pastor friend confided to me. “At least that’s how the people in my annual conference see it. We’re… read more

11 ways to improve your church's brand

By Len Wilson
1. Analyze your audience. Who is target demographic?  What do numbers show is your current reality?  What is your aspiration?  2. Collect website traffic data… read more

What clergy families really look like

By Kira Schlesinger
Last week, the Facebook page for Hacking Christianity posted a graphic that was produced by the clergy spouses in the Texas United Methodist Conference entitled “Top 10 Ways … read more

Top 5 ways to cope when you want to take this ministry job and shove it

By Talbot Davis
Ministry is like most occupations. There are times, in the immortal words of Johnny Paycheck, when you want to take this job and shove it. So what do you do when you’re a… read more

Productive Pastor: Avoiding and attacking procrastination

By Chad Brooks
Are you good at procrastinating? I’m a champ. In this episode, I am going to tell you what I have learned about avoiding and attacking procrastination. So let’s jump… read more

The politics and prayers of death

By Mark Lockard
Speaking at the Faith and Family Coalition’s Road to Majority conference this morning, Senator David Perdue (R-GA) referenced a psalm while speaking about President Obama… read more

A year after the Charleston church shooting, what has changed?

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
CHARLESTON, S.C. (RNS) A few weeks after a young white gunman killed nine people at a Bible study in a black church here, another young white man walked into a Bible study at… read more
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