General Conference 2016: A time to listen?

By Ben Gosden
“The entire assembly fell quiet as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describe all the signs and wonders God did among the Gentiles through their activity.” (Acts… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: How many people do I have to evangelize to satisfy God?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: If someone belongs to an “evangelical” church that believes members need to be evangelizing (presumably to save other people from hell) how do… read more

'Will the conference affect Portlanders?'

By Nance Hixon
"Will the conference affect Portlanders?" she asked.Tomorrow, May 10th, the United Methodist Church's General Conference will begin in Portland, Oregon. Every four years bishops… read more

Transformed for the work of transforming

By Neil M. Alexander
I was sharing with coworkers about the UMC’s General Conference and trying to remember how many of the every-four-year events I’d attended. To my surprise, counting on … read more

The power of story: An open letter to Bishop Jones

By Dave Barnhart
Dear Bishop Jones: In your recent article “Blest Be the Tie that Binds,” you shared a story about a man who was involved in a continuing adulterous relationship who… read more

The genius of slow change

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I had a vision to beautify the barren property that surrounded the church I served. It was an engaging vision that garnered lots of buy-in. Trees and fencing were donated. A… read more

The Passionate Church: Mike Slaughter and Karen Perry Smith

By Shane Raynor
In this edition of Ministry Matters Radio, I talk with Mike Slaughter and Karen Perry Smith about their book The Passionate Church. We discuss a healthy… read more

Facing the spotlight

By David Person
Religious leaders of every faith and denomination should watch the Academy-award winning film “Spotlight.” It’s based on the true story of how an investigative… read more

Praying for General Conference

By Mike Slaughter
Every four years, the United Methodist Church convenes at General Conference. On May 10-20, 864 global delegates — half of them clergy and half laity — will gather in… read more

Evangelicals: We don’t have all the answers

By Steve Rabey / Religion News Service
DENVER (RNS) In the early 1990s, the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family raised the ire of LGBT groups by backing Colorado's Amendment 2, a measure — ultimately … read more

Being 'pastoral'

By Daniel McLain Hixon
When I was in seminary, people often used the world "pastoral" when they meant "comforting." People would say "I'm not doing systematic theology right now, I am doing pastoral… read more

Learning to fear like Christians

By William H. Willimon
"Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved,” we sing in our most beloved hymn. Grace is the unmerited love of God in Jesus Christ, the power of… read more
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