Work is a great vehicle for mentoring teens

By Matt Overton
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, people in youth ministry began to sense a shift. Teenagers seemed different. The old stuff wasn’t working any longer. The luster of… read more

7 signs of healthy empowerment

By Ron Edmondson
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders — it’s called delegation — is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about… read more

Done doing nothing

By Kira Schlesinger
Ten years ago, my husband and I went on a weekend wine-tasting getaway in Central Texas. We stopped at a beautiful, Tuscan-inspired winery and went inside where we proceeded to… read more

The demoralized preacher

By James C. Howell
I find myself exhausted and demoralized by the disparity between what I want to say and feel led to say in the pulpit, and what I actually wind up saying. Take this week as… read more

Transitioning Your Church to Living Color

By Bob Whitesel, Mark DeYmaz
As pastors, we must be intentional in transitioning our mostly monoethnic churches into healthy multiethnic communities of faith. This requires us to make some adjustments in our… read more

When pastoral anxiety is a witness

By Laura Patterson
In the wake of the results of the 2016 presidential election, I, like so many other pastors, have struggled with what to say. My struggle was not with responding to competing… read more

Do not be led astray

By Dane Womack
Luke 21:5-195When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6“As for these things that you see, the… read more

Processing the unimaginable: Guidance for pastors and leaders after the election

By F. Willis Johnson
On November 8, the election for President of United States of America yielded a result that made the most vulnerable among us more vulnerable still. In the hours, and now days… read more

7 fears of highly effective leaders

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
At a recent clergy retreat I led, the conversation went in an unexpected direction. Our focus was on “Leadership Smarts.” But instead of looking at, say, the top 10… read more

From collusion to covenant: A meditation for United Methodists

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
United Methodists are joined together institutionally through conferencing, polity, symbols and financial resources. And yet in our unhealthy patterns of behavior we are also… read more

The medium is the message: Unity, schism and The UMC

By Jonathan Marlowe
Here’s the problem with splitting up the United Methodist Church: the medium is the message. Those who are familiar with Marshall McLuhan will recognize his famous phrase… read more

Vulnerability in the pulpit: How much is too much?

By Kira Schlesinger
Glennon Doyle Melton is a best-selling author, a well-known blogger, and a popular speaker. Recently, I lined up with a lot of other thirty and forty-something white women to file … read more
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