Lamentation and cross-shaped leadership

By Alaina Kleinbeck
This was first published in Faith & Leadership. Church seasons can be slightly disorienting for those of us employed in Christian settings where the workflow does not follow… read more

Who needs cool? Not Millennials.

By Cody Gainous
"All human life on the earth is like grass,    and all human glory is like a flower in a field.The grass dries up and its flower falls off,    but… read more

7 casualties of being a people-pleaser

By Ron Edmondson
Leadership is hard and every decision a leader makes is subject to opinion. Different opinions. Lots of different opinions. Every hard decision a leader makes excites some and… read more

The crucial difference between schism and division

By Christy Thomas
The question appears again and again in church life and right now particularly with mainline denominations: should we just give up and split up? There is a way to divide and still … read more

Episcopal church leader calls Anglican censure 'fair'

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is describing the recent censure of his church over allowing clergy to perform same-sex marriages as a "fair" move … read more

Joel Osteen: Magazine declares him 'success'

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Featured on the February cover of Success magazine, Houston megachurch pastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen says he doesn’t hear the critics of his… read more

The church is a people ... No, really!

By Dave Barnhart
When we were starting out, our new church met in my house each month. 40 people crammed into my living room and spilled into the dining room, up the stairs, and even onto the… read more

Adam Hamilton, Rachel Held Evans and Traci Blackmon nominated to advise President Obama

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) The White House has announced plans to add a popular evangelical writer, a Ferguson, Mo., activist and a Methodist megachurch pastor to President Obama’s list of… read more

5 reasons leaders tend to micromanage

By Ron Edmondson
Most of the time micromanaging is not a positive characteristic of leadership. I have written previously about times I do micromanage, but these are rare. In fact, I avoid it if… read more

From Iowa With حب (Love)

By Courtney T Ball
"Islam is a violent religion." "Muslims are dangerous." "They're terrorists." How many times have we heard these statements in Iowa over the past few months? Not since the… read more

Paving the way for female clergy: A testimony

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
As I stood in front of the congregation, ready to preach my first sermon, there was no doubt in my mind that this had been God’s idea, not mine. Four years earlier I had… read more

Trump is a huge 'loser' with GOP Protestant pastors

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Donald Trump, who loves to call others "losers," is a big one himself in a new survey of U.S. Protestant pastors. When LifeWay Research, an evangelical polling group, asked… read more
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