5 lessons pastors should learn from community organizers

By Courtney T Ball
When I graduated seminary, I had no idea how to run a church. I had learned pretty well how to think critically, study the Bible, and preach, but when it came to dealing with the… read more

7 of the most dangerous leadership mindsets I've observed

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve seen it so many times. A leader could even be doing everything else right and one flawed mindset can overshadow — even jeopardize — all the good leadership… read more

How Pope Francis’ diplomacy may change everything, not just US-Cuba relations

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
(RNS) Pope Francis is being hailed around the world — and criticized by some in the U.S. — for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations… read more

McDonald's and churches have more in common than I thought

By Shane Raynor
Those pesky millennials. They’re ruining everything. Even fast food behemoth McDonald’s can’t figure them out. And it’s not because the restaurant chain… read more

Is it OK for me to church hop?

By Tom Fuerst
“I’m going to tell you the truth. And because I’m not your pastor, you can know for sure that it’s the truth.” This is how I started answering the… read more

7 reasons some women wince when Pope Francis starts talking

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
When Pope Francis this month wanted to highlight his appointment of several women to a blue-ribbon theological commission, he called the female theologians “strawberries on… read more

Archbishop Justin Welby: ‘There is a possibility that we will not hold together’

By Trevor Grundy / Religion News Service
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In a lengthy interview in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together… read more

How to identify constructive criticism

By Ron Edmondson
Constructive: Serving a useful purpose; tending to build up.Criticism: The act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything. Constructive criticism You’ve… read more

Christians got big ole buts

By Joseph Yoo
I remember a seminary class where our professor once told us to leave our buts out of our apology. I'm glad he clarified what he said because I was getting weird mental images. He … read more

A brief guide to writing public prayers

By Dave Barnhart
When I ask laypeople to write prayers for worship, I give them these instructions. Group or corporate prayer is an important part of worship. The congregation is not just sitting… read more

1 in 3 Americans want a divorce between clergy and civil marriages

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage? Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders — is showing… read more

What ever happened to Rob Bell, the pastor who questioned the gates of hell?

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) Rob Bell was once the evangelical It Boy, the hipster pastor with the thick-rimmed glasses and the skinny jeans whose best-selling theology was captured in books with names… read more
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