Advice for when you're leaving your church

By Tom Fuerst
As a pastor, I know there are people who come to my church from other churches and who leave my church to go to other churches. I understand that this happens, and in some cases… read more

Bright lights from local churches

By David Staal
The driver side headlight went out on our minivan, so I bought a replacement bulb and opened the hood. A few minutes later I turned the lights on. The new one shined bright, but… read more

7 traits of insecure leaders

By Ron Edmondson
Christians are called to walk by faith. This includes Christian leaders. A part of our calling in leadership means we won't always know what the future holds, but we steadfastly… read more

Mediocre grace

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic 1937 book The Cost of Discipleship describes cheap grace as the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism… read more

Leadership, politics and the Bible

By Dave Barnhart
There are countless books written for clergy about leadership. In this season of political horse races, with each candidate portrayed as humanity’s best and last hope for… read more

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
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