A leadership experiment: The little things matter

By Ron Edmondson
In making a first impression, the little things matter. When a visitor shows up on our church campus for the first time, the little things matter. When a parent decides to trust… read more

To reach 'nones,' try experimental churches

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — In much of the Pacific Northwest, people would rather get their teeth cleaned than go to church, the Rev. Beth Ann Estock said. Estock is a church… read more

Productive Pastor: Managing your week with Evernote

By Chad Brooks
Did you know you can use Evernote to order and organize your week? I use Evernote for nearly everything and the two tasks that I can’t imagine not using it for are… read more

Trump, the golden calf and leadership pitfalls

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As the Republican convention draws near it’s clear that Trump is a force to be reckoned with. But what sort of leader is he? A bully, yes. An egomaniac, yes. An outsider… read more

The race that is set before us

By Kira Schlesinger
On Patriot’s Day in 1966, fifty years ago, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb jumped out of the forsythia bushes and ran 26.2 miles to become the first female finisher of the… read more

Teach kids how to count (on you)

By David Staal
Life happens in moments. Many qualify as mundane; others rather exhilarating. Once, while swimming in the ocean, a large wave knocked over my daughter, who was five years old at… read more

Learning to see

By F. Willis Johnson
In "We Have This Ministry: The Heart of the Pastor’s Vocation," Samuel Dewitt Proctor and Gardner Calvin Taylor suggest we are uniquely challenged in our work as pastors. In … read more

Constantine in Tennessee

By Bill Mefford
Watching the Tennessee legislature debate whether to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of making the Bible the state’s official book reminds me that very few of those… read more

The power arena

By Steve Harper
The ego gravitates toward control and the exertion of power. This is not all bad. Without ego, we would have no will power, and on our best day, that would neither be a good thing … read more

3 ways to move beyond the survival dance

By Laurie Haller
It’s the largest wooded city park in the United States. Forest Park is just minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon and has seventy rolling miles of single track, dirt and… read more

Pentecostal revival sweeps parts of West Coast

By Julia Duin / Religion News Service
(RNS) They call it the West Coast Rumble: a set of multiweek revivals in Seattle and San Diego, plus a large Christian rally in Los Angeles two weekends ago. The main players are… read more

Ministry Matters Group Subscriptions

By Ministry Matters
Anyone serving the study needs of multiple users knows that it is difficult if not impossible to find multi-user access to high-quality reference and study works online for a… read more
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