By Brian Milford
Youth ministry is challenging work. When I was serving as the pastor of a congregation, the leadership in that church actually contemplated stepping away from youth ministry… read more

The power of God without the character of God

By David F. Watson
Last year I was at a conference where Larry Randolph was one of the speakers, and he said something that I’ve been ruminating over ever since. He said that he was praying… read more

Critics and creators

By Len Wilson
In life, you can either be a creator or a critic. Being a critic is easier. Most people are critics. It starts in elementary school, with what researchers have named the… read more

Bishop Michael Curry’s vision: A world transformed by the love of God

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the son of an Episcopal priest and grandson of a Baptist preacher, will be installed as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church on Sunday… read more

Creativity happens when…

By Laurie Haller
The movie was released twenty years ago and is considered one of the best animated films ever made. Directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt… read more

Why your pastor may not be leading well

By Ron Edmondson
I was talking with a man recently about his church. He’s concerned that the church is wasting a lot of resources and accomplishing little towards its vision to make… read more

Tense Vatican summit ends by opening door for divorced, punting on welcome to gays

By David Gibson / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A momentous and divided gathering of global bishops ended Saturday (Oct. 24) by endorsing ways that could lead to greater participation by divorced and… read more

Too busy to listen to God

By Joseph Yoo
“You can rest when you retire!” someone once said to me. I'm starting to doubt that statement is true. I serve at a church with a lot of retirees. They seem to be just … read more

7 suggestions for churches meeting in a school

By Ron Edmondson
Over the years I have received lots of emails asking how we did certain things as a church meeting in a school. I am blessed to pastor a church now with an amazing facility, but… read more

How a church shares faith where faith is suspect

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
First United Methodist Church in Portland had a problem, one other churches would envy. So many families with children were regularly attending that the Rev. Donna M.L. Pritchard… read more

On truth tellers

By David F. Watson
The older I get, the more grateful I am to have truth tellers in my life. These are people who care about me enough to disagree with me, show me my blind spots and speak honestly, … read more

A metric worth measuring

By Ben Gosden
Church metrics continue to be a moving target of evaluating the health and effectiveness of our churches. I’m reminded of that fact today as our conference journals hit… read more
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