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

After kidnapping schoolgirls, Boko Haram takes aim at churches in northeast Nigeria

By Fredrick Nzwili / Religion News Service
NAIROBI, KENYA (RNS) Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the… read more

The preacher didn't mention Jesus!

By Shane Raynor, Tom Fuerst
Should every sermon include explicit references to Jesus? In this audio commentary, I share my thoughts, then pastor / blogger / Ministry Matters contributor Tom Fuerst and I… read more

Fallout from the sexual revolution

By Tom Lambrecht
How is the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage related to other opinions about sexual morality? That is a question explored by Mark Regnerus (associate professor of sociology… read more

The church and millennials

By Timothy Siburg
Recently I had the chance to participate in an open-space conversation on the purpose and practices of lay theological education. As part of this discussion, there emerged a… read more

Pastor's office hours: Time to cut back?

By Joseph Yoo
In a recent sermon, Pastor Andy Stanley stated that every church has a gravitational pull to be a church that serves only its members — a pull to be a church for just… read more
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