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

Call for clergy to be sign of peace in Ferguson

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) A pastor is calling on his fellow United Methodist clergy to come to Ferguson, Missouri, as a sign of peace and hope in a beleaguered community that is again facing unrest, … read more

What's so Christian about Christianity?

By Zack Hunt
The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Those words have become something of a Philosophy 101… read more

Pope declares Sept. 1 ‘World Day of Prayer’ for environment

By Rosie Scammell / Religion News Service
VATICAN (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Aug. 10) announced a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global… read more

Is it pretty outside? Then you're less likely to go to church

By Sara Weissman / Religion News Service
(RNS) Can a beautiful landscape compete with religious worship? A Baylor University study, published in the journal Sociology of Religion, found that U.S. counties with nicer … read more

Dollars and sense: How to do ministry on five loaves and two fish

By Rosario Picardo
When I graduated from seminary, I dove into ministry believing I was fully prepared to turn the world upside down for the kingdom. But as I sat around a meeting table at my first… read more

Why your church needs planned giving

By Clayton Smith
Why does your church need a planned giving ministry? Simply put—for two reasons. First, to sustain your future ministry and mission; and second, to help a growing number of… read more

Complicating abortion

By Kira Schlesinger
Amidst the current debates and conflict around Planned Parenthood funding and what does or does not happen to fetal tissue, the takeaway from this particular culture war (a phrase … read more

For some churches, food trucks are a vehicle for serving the poor

By Sarah Angle / Religion News Service
FORT WORTH, Texas (RNS) Allen Lutes wipes his brow as he prepares another plate of food. The culinary school-trained chef is serving grilled chicken, fresh vegetables and rice… read more

Stupid giving: The offering as a complete sacrifice

By F. Willis Johnson
"Jesus sat across from the collection box for the temple treasury and observed how the crowd gave their money. Many rich people were throwing in lots of money. One poor widow came … read more
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