Reward: Shepherding broken lives in a broken world

By Rose M. Booker-Jones
Care for “the least of these.” Who are “the least of these”? Racism, classism, genderism, and other “isms” intrude on all people’s lives, … read more

Peril: having a church full of secrets

By Emma J. Justes
Ministers are privileged to see many things as we look out over the congregation during worship. As we observe, we may note differences from what we have come to expect. We see a… read more

Reward: making a real difference

By Ann Joyner
“The church will be here for you whether he lives or dies.” Those words, delivered quietly with kindness and compassion from my first pastor, were the life-saving… read more

Gay, Christian and ... celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical… read more

Thinking outside the box for pastoral leadership?

By Ed Trimmer
Who is providing pastoral leadership in United Methodist churches? Many of us think that seminary educated elders are providing the pastoral leadership, but here in the Tennessee… read more

‘Rock star’ pastors lose their luster

By Tom Krattenmaker / USA Today
(RNS) It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around. Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Faced with… read more

Is pastoral counseling at risk?

By John Patton
I know of no recent research studies that can offer an answer to the question “Is pastoral counseling at risk?” Nevertheless, I want to assume in this article that… read more

Juvenile detention: Why we need alternatives

By Rebekah Jordan Gienapp
Making the Problem Worse? Journalist Nell Bernstein’s new book, “Burning Down the House,” draws from hundreds of interviews with young people in juvenile… read more

Stories of pastoral counseling

By M. Kathryn Armistead
If I preach inspiring sermons, teach like Paul, and have the wisdom of Solomon, but I don’t have love, my ministry is nothing. If I bring in hundreds of new members and… read more

Mommy, minister and unmarried: Single mothers in the pulpit

By Lauren Markoe / Religion News Service
(RNS) When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birthday and the tick-tock of… read more

Evangelical versus liturgical: defying a worship dichotomy

By Melanie Ross
From the Foreword by Mark A. Noll . . . This book, though presenting its research calmly and moving carefully to thoughtful conclusions, has been written by an author with a… read more

Is anyone answering Iraqi Christians’ cries for help?

By Kirsten Powers / USA Today
(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic… read more
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