One plus one = 3

By Gregg Taylor
Matt’s an artist. He lives like an artist. Thinks like an artist. He looks like an artist.  A blue, knit bobble skull cap covers his brown unkempt hair, an… read more

5 situations you may need to micromanage

By Ron Edmondson
I prefer to be a macromanager. I like to lead leaders. This means I try to cast the vision for a team and get out of the way, releasing each team member to do his or her work in… read more

Few see Christianity as very important to be 'truly American'

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) Americans may pledge allegiance to "one nation under God," but they are divided on whether religion is essential to national identity. Nearly one-third of Americans view… read more

Trump vows to let churches engage in politics

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service, Jerome Socolovsky / Religion News Service
(RNS) President Trump vowed in his first National Prayer Breakfast as chief executive to make good on a campaign promise to repeal the law that restricts political speech from the … read more

Worship Elements: March 5, 2017

By Bill Hoppe
First Sunday in Lent COLOR: PurpleSCRIPTURE READINGS: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 THEME IDEAS The central ideas for this first… read more

Keys to a Thriving Women's Bible Study Group

By Melissa Spoelstra
Whether you’re looking to start a women’s Bible study group or rejuvenate one that’s dwindling, there are some basic keys that can help any group leader develop… read more

Starting-and Starting Over-with Small Groups

By Olu Brown
Imagine starting a church and knowing deep down in your heart that Sunday morning isn’t enough and that the traditional weekly Bible study led by the pastor or key … read more

The Methodist Way of Making Disciples: 3-5-5-1

By Paul Franklyn
A visitor appears in your congregation and is attracted to something that causes him or her to return. The port of entry varies. It might be a friendship or the worship… read more

7 reasons to use seat back cards

By Richard Rogers
If you want to maximize participation in electronic giving, a seat back (or pew pocket) card is an essential tool for your church. These laminated cards should be double-sided and … read more

Aim for excellence, not perfection

By Joseph Yoo
Occasionally it’s helpful to be reminded that “perfect is the enemy of good.” Sometimes our need to be perfect gets in the way of progress. We get so caught up… read more

Youth ministers are advocates for all young people in their communities

By Alaina Kleinbeck
Youth speak the thoughts and questions adults will only whisper:“Christian worship is where people go to show off their fake smiles.” “Why did that pastor talk… read more

When you can't let the dead bury their own dead

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
My grandmother, Miriam Harris Goldberg, just passed away at the age of 100 years old. I cancelled meetings, a dentist appointment, phone calls, lunch with one friend and dinner… read more
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