The 7 billion rule

By Dave Barnhart
There a seven billion people, give or take, alive on the planet. If you could give every single one of them a one-second handshake, it would take you 221 years without rest, give… read more

Great organizations empower people to think

By Ron Edmondson
Several years ago I had problems with my cable service. I made numerous phone calls and several trips to the company, all in an attempt to correct the problem while politely… read more

Pope Francis to Jews: We’re all under attack now

By Josephine McKenna / Religion News Service
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Christians are suffering the same “savage attacks” once suffered by Jews, Pope Francis told a delegation of prominent Jewish leaders, according to… read more

5 things evangelistic churches do (small churches included)

By Kimberly MacNeill
Your church may not consider itself “evangelistic.” It may self-identify as more of a “discipleship” church. Maybe your church is one that is bold about… read more

Dying to live—Losing in order to win

By Guy Ames
Philippians 3:4b-14 Mildred always dressed like a rainbow. Not a particularly attractive woman, she wore designer clothes, pounds of makeup, and offered her faith to everyone she… read more

Many church choirs are dying. Here’s why

By Cathy Lynn Grossman / Religion News Service
(RNS) James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. Then he changed his tune. At 50, he left First Baptist Church… read more

How to be a colorful communicator

By Tom Fuerst
A few years ago I started preaching nearly every week for the first time. Previously, I’d preached once every few months or few weeks. But when our church started our second … read more

Denominational restructuring won’t work; local churches must innovate

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) After 50 years of decline, mainline denominations are reinventing themselves, or at least “re-imagining” what the church might look like, as an Episcopal Church… read more

Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses

By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
(RNS) A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to … read more

3 Keys to engaging millennials on your ministry team

By Jolene Cassellius Erlacher
“It was just very, very hard at times,” Sean said of his first ministry position. “Pastor and I didn’t always see eye to eye, and we didn’t always… read more

When every day is Disneyland

By Craig Kennet Miller
I wonder what my son’s life will be like when he is my age. His childhood is already vastly different than mine was. I grew up with Mickey Mouse, Superman, and Batman… read more

It’s time for church people to stop their usual fussing

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) When churches conclude their summer hiatus and resume full-scale ministries this week, much will have changed from a year ago — outside their doors. Conditions might… read more
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