Does your church say ‘yes’ too much?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
The power of affirmation is well known in human relationships. In fact social scientists have identified the ideal ratio of positive to negative statements for happy and healthy… read more

Straight outta Nazareth

By David Person
If a young Jesus could have been transported from ancient Galilee to the Compton, California, of the late 1980s, I don’t believe he would have been dealing drugs with Eric… read more

Grow in e-giving

By Richard Rogers
Stand in the parking lot at any growing church and you’ll see all sorts of families hustling children in, carrying babies, and unloading grandparents at the door. What you… read more

United Methodists join in Ferguson protest

By Kelly Hartnett / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) About 75 United Methodists gathered at sundown Aug. 12 in Ferguson, Missouri, to offer peace and hope amid renewed unrest. The interracial group of clergy and lay… read more

Believe things can happen

By Tom Berlin
There was a time when it was hard for me to believe that churches could undertake major goals requiring large sums of money. I found the financial aspects intimidating. It was so… read more

Black churches bucking the trend of decline

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed ushers guide African-Americans of… read more

Last-quarter planning

By J. Clif Christopher
Financial Basics for the Next Year Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year, when we are getting ready for Jesus’s birthday party. It’s a very special time of… read more

Sister Monica’s secret ministry to transgender people

By Renee K. Gadoua / Religion News Service
(RNS) Sister Monica lives alone in a small house at the edge of a Roman Catholic college run by a community of nuns. She doesn’t want to reveal the name of the town where… read more

Before you post on social media about politics…

By David Dorn
Before you post on social media about next year's election, here's one important rule to follow. David Dorn is the Lead Contemporary Pastor for Marvin United Methodist… read more

Hacking Facebook lists for ministry effectiveness

By Chad Brooks
I have been using Facebook for ministry since 2005. I was a ministry intern at Louisiana Tech Wesley. At that point in time only .edu email accounts could get a Facebook profile… read more

The Gratitude Campaign

By Kent Millard
I have served as pastor in a two-point parish in a rural area, a suburban congregation, two downtown congregations, and a large regional church of over six thousand members. In… read more

5 secrets of church revitalization

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve written frequently about church revitalization. As one who has planted a couple of churches, I know the challenges are unique. One thing I’ve noticed is the… read more
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