The Gratitude Campaign

By Kent Millard
I have served as pastor in a two-point parish in a rural area, a suburban congregation, two downtown congregations, and a large regional church of over six thousand members. In… read more

5 secrets of church revitalization

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a couple of churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the… read more

Call for clergy to be sign of peace in Ferguson

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) A pastor is calling on his fellow United Methodist clergy to come to Ferguson, Missouri, as a sign of peace and hope in a beleaguered community that is again facing unrest, … read more

Pope declares Sept. 1 ‘World Day of Prayer’ for environment

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Aug. 10) announced a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global… read more

Dollars and sense: How to do ministry on five loaves and two fish

By Rosario Picardo
When I graduated from seminary, I dove into ministry believing I was fully prepared to turn the world upside down for the kingdom. But as I sat around a meeting table at my first… read more

Why your church needs planned giving

By Clayton Smith
Why does your church need a planned giving ministry? Simply put—for two reasons. First, to sustain your future ministry and mission; and second, to help a growing number of… read more

Stupid giving: The offering as a complete sacrifice

By F. Willis Johnson
"Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. One poor widow came … read more

7 ways I protect my Sabbath

By Ron Edmondson
This is a hard word for some pastors, but after a recent post I was asked about how I protect my Sabbath. That’s a great question, because many pastors struggle in this… read more

Did Jesus take a vacation?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
The vacation is one of the finest tools for spiritual leadership development. It allows you to practice being instead of doing — a must for spiritual leaders. The word dates … read more

Get Your Money's Worth: Stories Drive Apportionments

By Katharine Yarnell
Nearly every pastor has experienced visceral despair when facing bad financial news at church. The sinking feeling returns when another easy-peasy-quick-and-sneezy stewardship… read more

Telling the Stories of Changed Lives

By Scott McKenzie
This article is an excerpt from Scott’s upcoming book Generosity Rising: Lead a Stewardship Revolution in Your Church (Abingdon Press, March 2016). I’ll always… read more

Review: Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry

By Patricia Farris
“Now there are a variety of gifts,” Paul wrote. Robert Schnase is earnest in desiring that all those gifts be given life and voice for the life, health, and mission of … read more
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