The Alabama marriage divide

By David Person
As if Alabama Governor Robert Bentley didn’t have enough to deal with regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage in his state. It started with the ruling in January by… read more

Too much on the menu: When churches lack a clear mission

By Joseph Yoo
There used to be an Asian restaurant in Santa Barbara with a menu consisting of Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine. That's a lot of different styles of food for one… read more

Crossing bridges together

By David Rice
This article is part of Ministry Matters' ongoing collection of responses to President Obama's Selma speech. Follow the project as it grows and join the discussion… read more

Risking hospitality

By Jim Ozier
I love Mark Twain. As a matter of fact, on my first date I went to Mark Twain’s Cave in Hannibal, Missouri. I was living near Quincy, Illinois, at the time and had just… read more

Give up the Golden Rule

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or, treat others the way you want to be treated. Everyone knows the Golden Rule. With regrets to Jesus and Rabbi Hillel and… read more

5 examples of leading outside the norm

By Ron Edmondson
Leadership is so much different today than when I first started leading over 30 years ago. To lead today we must learn to think outside the once considered normal lines of… read more

Can we talk about this?

By Melissa L. Drake
This particular conversation for a handful of clergy in our corner of Iowa began formally in 2013 with a question: “Could we get some people together to talk about… read more

Our Lady of Revenue: NYC churches go on the market, leaving parishioners cynical

By Rick Hampson / USA Today
NEW YORK (RNS) Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it’s a coveted… read more

A covenant for unity

By Dalton Rushing
If we are to push through the significant impasse that faces The United Methodist Church, we must put aside equivocation and false pretense and be completely honest with each… read more

Healing after a church trial

By DJ del Rosario
I’m not the first person to serve as senior pastor at Bothell United Methodist Church, and I won’t be the last. Bothell UMC was founded over 128 years ago in Bothell… read more

When it's safe to ignore the Book of Discipline

By Dottie Escobedo-Frank
It is tempting to list all the ways the Book of Discipline is “wrong,” to delineate the places of incongruence, and to question its relevancy for today’s world… read more

7 things I've learned about successfully leading change

By Ron Edmondson
Bottom line: Every organization — whether a church, business or nonprofit– needs change in order to continue to grow and remain healthy. But here’s the thing… read more
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