Speaking into the dark

By Cameron Merrill
Don’t get too close It’s dark inside It’s where my demons hide It’s where my demons hide Every time I hear these words from Imagine Dragons’ 2012… read more

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By Ministry Matters
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Review: Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry by Robert Schnase

By Patricia Farris
“Now there are a variety of gifts,” Paul wrote. Robert Schnase is earnest in desiring that all those gifts be given life and voice for the life, health, and mission of … read more

Remembering Lyle E. Schaller: The Interventionist, 1923–2015

By Circuit Rider
Lyle Schaller, widely considered by pastors to be the most important and influential observer of church culture and best practices during the twentieth century in the United… read more

Prescriptions for a Growing Church

By Bob Farr, Kay L. Kotan
In every church, the pastors and leaders say they desire their congregations to grow. Yet we struggle mightily with what appear to be some strong obstacles. We want our churches… read more

Who’s Worshipping with YOU?

By Josh Davis, Nikki Lerner
Our world is changing and will continue to change at a rapid pace with regard to race. The 2010 US census was eye-opening to many as we began to realize how hard it is for people… read more

Getting Desperate for Good

By Tom Berlin
The Reverend Tim Ward, a pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, is opening a second campus, Restoration Church, in Reston, Virginia. A new subway line… read more

What Millennials Crave and How the Church Can Relate

By Chris Folmsbee, Brad Hanna
It’s hard to keep up. It seems that every time we open our social media feeds, we are greeted with yet another article about how millennials are leaving the church. Most of… read more

When Churches Say No

By Robert Schnase
Why have people come to expect that the answer to anything new in the church is No? Perhaps it’s because the church sends a thousand subtle messages of being closed to new… read more

One of my biggest regrets

By Joseph Yoo
Can I share with you one of my biggest regrets in life? Although I was only 13 years old and in sixth grade at the time (I went to kindergarten twice), it still is something I… read more

Have you studied?

By Melissa Slocum, LinC (Living in Christ)
In the next four to six weeks every school student across the country will wrap up their studies and take tests, final exams, standardized state tests, AP tests, and turn in final … read more

The congregation is not your audience

By Courtney T Ball
Get ready to rock! The pastor welcomed her congregation, gave a few brief announcements and invited those present to enter into a time of worship. She then walked from the center… read more
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