Church court convicts pastor of sexual misconduct

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
A church court removed a pastor’s credentials in The United Methodist Church late Jan. 12 after he was found guilty of sexual misconduct. The Rev. Errol Leslie, who formerly … read more

Kenyans protest new rules requiring clergy to hold theological degrees

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) A government plan to regulate religious groups is shaping into a bitter fight, with Christian and Muslim leaders protesting that it tramples over religious… read more

Archbishop Justin Welby: 'Reconciliation doesn’t always mean agreement'

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Various factions within the Anglican Communion are jockeying for position as bishops of the world’s third-largest Christian tradition gather in… read more

5 secret objections to change

By Ron Edmondson
In the world of change, I’ve learned there are some common objections. I’ve previously written objections people use to criticize change, but in this post, I’m… read more

Are local pastors the future of the United Methodist Church?

By Ed Trimmer
One of the more interesting trends in The United Methodist Church is the explosion of local pastors. Since 1985 the number of local pastors has almost doubled from 3,804 to 7,464… read more

10 ways to embrace confusion in 2016

By Laurie Haller
Our seven-year-old grandson, Ezra, thrives on routine. When he spent last week at our house, I had yogurt available for breakfast. Because it wasn’t the Go-Gurts he is… read more

5 suggestions to help you worry less

By Ron Edmondson
Worry is like a plague to our body. It attacks our mind, then our heart, and over time, it can consume our overall health. Wouldn’t it be great to never worry again?… read more

Tiny churches, big hopes: Why some thrive despite the odds

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Hope, by nature, is defiant, counterintuitive and lodged in surprising places. So a new report detailing the spiritual, demographic and financial challenges faced by small… read more

Why many welcoming churches are dying churches

By Joseph Yoo
I was listening to a sports radio show on my way to church one morning. The two DJs were doing their usual bit of asking each other trivia questions. One of the DJs asked… read more

If the goals you set for the new year fail, this could be why

By Len Wilson
I am excited about setting some creative goals for the new year. In previous years, a lot of my big plans carried over, but this year, I feel a sense of division and newness and… read more

5 things the church can learn from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

By David Dorn
There are at least five things that the American church can learn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What others things did I miss?   David Dorn is the Lead… read more

7 common ways leaders waste time and energy

By Ron Edmondson
Wasting time and energy may be one of my biggest pet peeves as a leader. Some days I leave work and feel I never got off a treadmill. It’s physically and mentally draining… read more
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