Grow in e-giving

By Richard Rogers
Stand in the parking lot at any growing church and you’ll see all sorts of families hustling children in, carrying babies, and unloading grandparents at the door. What you… read more

United Methodists join in Ferguson protest

By Kelly Hartnett / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) About 75 United Methodists gathered at sundown Aug. 12 in Ferguson, Missouri, to offer peace and hope amid renewed unrest. The interracial group of clergy and lay… read more

Believe things can happen

By Tom Berlin
There was a time when it was hard for me to believe that churches could undertake major goals requiring large sums of money. I found the financial aspects intimidating. It was so… read more

Black churches bucking the trend of decline

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed ushers guide African-Americans of… read more

Last-quarter planning

By J. Clif Christopher
Financial Basics for the Next Year Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year, when we are getting ready for Jesus’s birthday party. It’s a very special time of… read more

Hacking Facebook lists for ministry effectiveness

By Chad Brooks
I have been using Facebook for ministry since 2005. I was a ministry intern at Louisiana Tech Wesley. At that point in time only .edu email accounts could get a Facebook profile… read more

The Gratitude Campaign

By Kent Millard
I have served as pastor in a two-point parish in a rural area, a suburban congregation, two downtown congregations, and a large regional church of over six thousand members. In… read more

5 secrets of church revitalization

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a couple of churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the… read more

Call for clergy to be sign of peace in Ferguson

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) A pastor is calling on his fellow United Methodist clergy to come to Ferguson, Missouri, as a sign of peace and hope in a beleaguered community that is again facing unrest, … read more

Pope declares Sept. 1 ‘World Day of Prayer’ for environment

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Aug. 10) announced a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global… read more

Dollars and sense: How to do ministry on five loaves and two fish

By Rosario Picardo
When I graduated from seminary, I dove into ministry believing I was fully prepared to turn the world upside down for the kingdom. But as I sat around a meeting table at my first… read more

Why your church needs planned giving

By Clayton Smith
Why does your church need a planned giving ministry? Simply put—for two reasons. First, to sustain your future ministry and mission; and second, to help a growing number of… read more
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