In the face of unrelenting snow, New England churches soldier on

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) If God brought all this snow, he also made it very hard to get to church. New Englanders, clobbered by four major storms in the past month and bracing for a fifth, are… read more

The gift of saying ‘I disagree’

By Dave Barnhart
“Women shouldn’t be in authority over men,” his female coworker said. “The Bible is clear about that. They should only teach other women and… read more

8 questions about church revitalization

By Ron Edmondson
I recently was interviewed by someone who is considering church revitalization for his next ministry assignment. My answers are not formalized — it was a casual conversation … read more

Survey: College freshmen distancing themselves from religion

By Rachel Rosenbaum / USA Today
(RNS) This year’s college freshmen are less concerned with their religious identity and more concerned about their future job prospects. Or at least that’s according… read more

Spotty training, increased violence impact young aid workers

By Mary Bowerman / USA Today
(RNS) The risk of foreign aid work, especially for young people, has again been thrust into the national spotlight after the death of 26-year-old Kayla Mueller. Mueller, a foreign … read more

Insider trading in the church

By Chad Holtz
Before becoming a pastor, I sold insurance and securities. In order to get my license I had to learn about compliance, which amounted to a whole lot of “don’t ever do… read more

Give people a good reason to leave church

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Church conflict is something that strikes fear in the heart of church leaders. Why? The vital statistics of many mainline churches already reflect declining health. The size of… read more

You're not defined by what you do

By Joseph Yoo
I once served at a church where many transitions were required. Lots of the administration aspects of the church had to be strengthened and brought up to the modern way of keeping … read more

Why the church is called to support paid family leave

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
Responding to my request for paternity leave, the church leadership slid a thin piece of paper across the table, full of language resembling a legal contract. Shaking my head… read more

How our small church made big changes (and survived)

By Mark Bray
Summer Grove United Methodist Church in Shreveport, La. faces the challenges of many United Methodist churches in the United States — aging membership, changing racial… read more

Interview: Mike Slaughter — Renegade Gospel

By Shane Raynor, Mike Slaughter
Shane Raynor interviews Mike Slaughter, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church and author of “Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus.” (Questions and times below) Questions:… read more

Charlie Hebdo, free speech and peacemaking

By Peter Surran
The French 9/11? On January 7, 2015, two gunmen stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine in Paris, France, and killed 12 people, many of them cartoonists… read more
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