Treasure

By Jacob Armstrong
Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your values, your faith, and the health of your relationships. It's no wonder that in the Sermon on the… read more

Conversation and Good Books: The Life Bood of Ministers

By Jerrod Hugenot
Clergy often have professional societies or organizations they affiliate with for the purposes of collegiality, scholarly pursuits or opportunities to grow in pastoral skills… read more

A Way Forward

By Grant Hagiya
It is a little obvious, but The United Methodist Church is in the midst of some major transition challenges. As the church and society reacts to the Frank Schaefer trial and… read more

Finding Our Way

By Abingdon Press
Welcome to the Conversation Frame (An Introduction)by Bishop Rueben P. Job and Neil M. Alexander We have choices to make. We make important choices in how we honor God… read more

Frame

By Rueben P. Job, Neil M. Alexander
We have choices to make. We make important choices in how we honor God, follow Jesus, live together, work for justice, love mercy, and treat each other. We make choices when we… read more

Biblical Obedience

By Roy I. Sano
A growing number of United Methodist clergy are conducting same gender unions in violation of the Church's law. (¶2702.1b) They are doing so out of love for those they are… read more

Is the Answer in Our Polity?

By Mike Coyner
What follows is a series of questions that might not satisfy very many, but might lead us toward some different conversations about the future of our United Methodist Church. I… read more

Adam Hamilton: What Is Your Defining Story?

By Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
These are excerpts from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly's recent conversation with Adam Hamilton, the United Methodist pastor of the grandfather and grandson who were shot to… read more

Going Deep with the Bible in Preaching

By Brent A. Strawn
Most Sundays, I am the one who listens to sermons, not the one who delivers them. Listening is definitely the easier job! Of the thousands of sermons I've heard over the years… read more

Why Get Up at All: Part 1

By Ed Zinkiewicz
Why do you get up in the morning? I thought it might be important to paint a backdrop for the topics and concerns I write about on Ministry Matters. This is the first of a three… read more

Review: Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back

By Stephanie Dunn
As someone who is currently in their fifth year serving the local church as a Minister to Children and Families, it seems like the only thing that I can say with complete… read more

Why Are So Many Churches Empty? The Importance of In-Depth Bible Study for a Congregation

By Shane Stanford
An article in a church growth magazine asked, "Why are so many churches empty?" The writer answered the question with the typical responses, including the need for good parking… read more
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