Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill Church

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned… read more

10 dangerous distractions for a pastor

By Ron Edmondson
I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual… read more

Vatican stuns Catholic world with greater openness toward gays and lesbians

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops on Monday (Oct. 13) signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders… read more

Hillsong founder denies covering up father’s sex abuse

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) Days ahead of an annual conference in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the founder of the Hillsong music and church empire is facing strict scrutiny for what … read more

What kind of car should a pastor drive?

By Joseph Yoo
We were successful in being a one car family for eight years. But with a foster child added to the mix, it became more and more difficult to balance all of our schedules with only … read more

Have you been led?

By Billy Doidge Kilgore
“Have you been led by God?” my friend asked. He sipped his coffee and stared intently at me while waiting for a response. “Yes, I believe so,” I responded. … read more

I thank God for pastors

By Brian D. McLaren
Pastors know things that are painful to know. Pastors keep confidences even though doing so leaves others to assume the worst. Pastors are routinely insulted, cussed out, lied… read more

Hauerwas drops out of GTS lecture series after controversy

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has declined a series of lectures he was scheduled to give at New York’s General Theological Seminary in November in the wake of the crisis … read more

The rise and fall of the American seminary

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
NEW YORK (RNS) General Theological Seminary’s campus in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan is everything you’d want in an urban seminary. Handsome buildings, a… read more

United Methodists resolve gay marriage complaint against 36 pastors without a trial

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint … read more

7 disappointing reasons people leave a church

By Ron Edmondson
One disappointment I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and… read more

Resisting the urge for perfection

By Timothy Siburg
If you are a part of a congregation, faith community, or serve or volunteer with a nonprofit, you know that it is important to cultivate volunteers or “lay leaders.”… read more
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