Narrowing the Search for a Great Sermon Illustration

By John S. McClure
In the old days (meaning when I was a parish minister), publishers produced books such as 5000 Best Sermon Illustrations, or Stories for Sunday, and we would plow through volumes… read more

The Need to Belong

By Shawn Wood
The feeling that we don't belong can be very frustrating. For a new person to a church it can be especially discouraging. As a new church planter, this makes me determined that… read more

5 Strategies for Leading Change in Worship

By Len Wilson
A friend called me the other day asking for advice on first steps in a new worship position at a local church. We only spoke for a few minutes, but after hanging up, I continued… read more

Godly Play: The Circle of the Christian Year

By Sally D. Lingle
In the corner of a Sunday school classroom, behind a child-sized altar appointed with cloth, cross, candles, snuffer, and Bible, a large square of gold-colored felt hangs on the… read more

Pastors Walk to Counter Violence

By Fox Toledo (External Video)
Pastors in Toledo, Ohio organized a walk to address increasing violence in areas of the city. Video Source: Fox ToledoMinistry Matters is not responsible for content or… read more

Bible Study Podcast 7/14/11

By Jacqui King
As the journey of faith-building grows, studying God's Word is crucial. Study @ is a creative way of studying scripture in a relevant manner that offers options for all to grow… read more

A Prejudice I Didn't Know I Had

By Matthew L. Kelley
I have prejudices. We all do. Unlike Stephen Colbert, we see things like race, gender, clothing, body size/type, etc, and we automatically make assumptions about people based on… read more

Harry Potter is Not Jesus

By Robert A. Ratcliff
Or, "Why the World's Most Famous Boy Wizard is Not a Christ Figure" SPOILER ALERT: critical plot details discussed (or at least hinted at) below. With the release of Harry Potter… read more

A Guilt-Free Vacation

By Jay Cooper
I took a vacation recently, and frankly, I feel guilty about it. I am, after all, trying to start a new church. Shouldn't I have been busy doing something productive and not… read more

A Story About Discernment: Like a Child

By Kasey Hitt
Four and a half year old Lainey stood in the front yard waving goodbye to her friends who had come over to play. From our laundry room window, I watched as she continued to wave… read more

Do Churches Need to Develop Mission Statements?

By Allan R. Bevere
Every church I have served has had a mission statement. I have assisted churches in developing mission statements. Some of those statements have been quite good, others are… read more

The Spirituality of Giving

By Victor Parachin
In a rural county, a handful of residents offered $45,000 in donations to build fire stations for small towns in their area so that homes and businesses would have access to fire… read more
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