How Ron Edmondson Plans for Christmas

By Ron Edmondson
We've learned some hard lessons when planning for Christmas. As a church nearly six years old, honestly we haven't planned many Christmases. Having planned the ones we have, we've … read more

Teen Rites of Passage

By Kay Palmer Marsh
An Interview with Kay Palmer Marsh, Senior Pastor of Westminster United Methodist Church in Westminster, Colo., a diverse congregation in an aging first-ring suburb of Denver. Not … read more

Zombie Church: Restoring Life to the Undead

By Tyler Edwards
There are zombie churches among us. The undead church. Where undead persons feast. Where genuine life has been lost, and in its place is something . . . scary. Lifeless. In some… read more

Bigger than the Small Church

By Katie Z. Dawson
Here, Katie explains how ministry in a small church is really ministry to the wider community, and how small church pastors can make connections far beyond their own circle of… read more

Our Greatest Challenge

By Jo Saxton
Jo Saxton is a director of 3DM, a movement/organization helping churches develop a discipling and missional way of being the church. Originally from the UK, Jo was a college… read more

Natural Church Development

By William H. Willimon
William H. Willimon is Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been named as one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the… read more

Glimpsing God's Love

By Joseph Yoo
There are different ways to visualize how deep and far God's love for us goes. Sometimes I get a glimpse of God's love through a struggle in my life. Since high school I've… read more

First Words

By Adam Thomas
Did your parents ever tell you about the first word you ever spoke? More than likely, your first word was "Da," which is short for, "Daddy, go get Mommy so I can have lunch."… read more

Worship for Kids: November 6, 2011

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View All of today's texts deal with serving God. Old Testament: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25. This is a story appreciated by children who are learning to make… read more

God's Mandate for Multicultural Ministry

By Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are… read more

Gratitude Stories

By Martin Thielen
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the following gratitude stories might be helpful to you. They all fall under the theme of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks in all… read more

Churches and Line Extension

By Maurilio Amorim
Churches cannot grow strong using a side-door strategy. Side doors are everything else a church does besides teaching the gospel and helping people grow in their faith. Somehow… read more
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