A cure for mile-wide and inch-deep religion

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) I am in this lovely college town to help a congregation discern its path forward. It faces challenges that many church leaders will recognize: leadership… read more

Our climate kairos moment

By Fletcher Harper
Recently, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori labeled climate change denial "sinful."   This summer, Pope Francis will release an encyclical—an… read more

They weren't supposed to teach you that in seminary

By Dave Barnhart
Every Sunday I hook up our church trailer and pull it to our venue. I back it up. (To make the trailer disappear in your side mirror, turn the wheel in that direction). I’ve … read more

4 realities to help discern a vocational call to ministry

By Ron Edmondson
Discerning a call to vocational ministry can be a tiring and trying experience. I’ve had the privilege of speaking with numerous young people and couples who are possibly… read more

MIA: White evangelical leaders and black deaths

By David Person
The killing of Walter Scott, the unarmed South Carolina black man shot in the back by police officer Michael Slager, is a provocative example of law enforcement gone wrong. Cell… read more

7 ways extroverts can better engage introverts

By Ron Edmondson
I write a lot about introversion, because I’m an introvert. Introversion is a personality preference based on the way a person has been shaped by experiences and life. In… read more

7 common elements of a healthy team

By Ron Edmondson
What fosters team spirit? What makes a healthy team? All of us want that. I would even say especially leaders. Most of us understand that progress towards a vision is more… read more

What if my congregation is a bad fit?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
One Sunday morning a wife is all dressed and ready to go to church. She says to her husband, “Honey, why aren’t you ready for church?” “I’m not… read more

Publishing house relocation means dealing with rare books

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
NASHVILLE (UMNS) The Rev. Brian Milford has been donning protective gloves lately, not something he expected to be doing as chief content officer for the United Methodist… read more

Nobody likes change

By Joseph Yoo
Nobody likes change. When people claim that they love change, what they really mean is they love to be the implementers of change. Nobody likes change sprung upon them. When… read more

3 results of controlling leadership

By Ron Edmondson
One of my pet peeves in leadership is the controlling leader. Because of that, I have written extensively on the subject on my blog. Controlling leaders are in every type of… read more

Gardner C. Taylor, dean of black preachers, dies at 96

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service, B. Denise Hawkins
(RNS) The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, widely considered the dean of the nation’s black preachers and “the poet laureate of American Protestantism,” died Sunday… read more
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