Praying Our Stats

by Peter Surran
Last month my senior pastor, Alex Joyner, whose title reflects his position in the church, not his age, wrote about a litany I had crafted for our Council on Ministries worship… read more

How Worship Brought Our Church Back from the Dead

by Martin Thielen
Ten years ago the previous pastor of my church told the congregation, “Our church is dying.” And he was right. For four decades the church suffered slow but steady… read more

Beyond Cruise-Ship Evangelism

by Mike Slaughter
Strategic planning and programming during the height of the 1980s and ‘90s church growth era were driven by an “attractional” model of evangelism. The mantra was … read more

Young Adult Clergy: Called Beyond the Church

by Eric Van Meter
Not long ago, some friends and I watched as our denomination laid the mantle of ordination on thirty-three would-be pastors. We arrived at the service half an hour early, yet… read more

Angel in a Gray Sweatsuit

by Brian Erickson
June 2008 There is a woman in a gray sweatsuit screaming “At the Foot of the Cross” into a microphone she does not need. The pianist, whose hair resembles something… read more

Interfaith Dialogue (and Trialogue)

by Mouzon Biggs
When I grew up in Panola County, Texas, I knew no Jews and no Muslims. However, when I was a student at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., two of my favorite professors… read more
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