Leadership

  1. Review: Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities

    Article Review: Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities

    A reviewer’s confessional: I grew up on a rural southeast Kansas farm. We felt lucky to break even some years. I know firsthand the context of rural poverty, with a lack of…

  2. Lead Like a Hobbit

    Article Lead Like a Hobbit

    Over seventy-five years after the initial publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson is back with the second of three films following young Bilbo…

  3. Getting to Know the Neighbors: A (Turnaround) Case Study

    Article Getting to Know the Neighbors: A (Turnaround) Case Study

    Epworth UMC, Lexington, Kentucky, circa 1950: a five-hundred-seat sanctuary filled to capacity, a full roster of Sunday school classes, and over one hundred missionaries and…

  4. See, Know, and Serve

    Article See, Know, and Serve

    How did St. Paul do it? How did he manage to start and sustain so many different churches, in so many different cultures, in such a time of change? We have the same desire to…

  5. You're a Prop, and That's Okay

    Article You're a Prop, and That's Okay

    A recent episode of the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast featured Greg Horton telling “10 Dirty Secrets about being a Minister.” Horton is a former pastor who is now…

  6. The Tough Truth about Our Small Churches

    Article The Tough Truth about Our Small Churches

    In Jason Byassee’s beautifully written book, The Gifts of the Small Church, he states that “the small church is God’s primary way of saving people.”…

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