Congregations

Glass ceiling for women pastors cracked but not broken, panelists tell CBF

Women ministers tell ABPnews/Herald dinner at CBF General Assembly that women are making headway as pastors in Fellowship churches, but much work must be done to stop many from leaving for other denominations.

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Embracing conflict

Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.

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Ministry as tug-of-war

Managing tensions inherent in church life can lead to stronger leadership teams.

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Parish priest in post-Christian America

Every minister must navigate the polarity between ministry within the congregation and in the surrounding community.

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The birds, the bees and the Baptists

In a sex-saturated society, do churches that consider conversations about human sexuality taboo run the risk of appearing irrelevant?

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Does your church need Millennials?

Attracting the 18- to 35-year-old generation back to church requires more than contemporary worship and a Facebook page.

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How much should we pay the pastor?

Considering budgets, national averages, church size, education and the gender gap, it’s no wonder churches struggle getting it right when it comes to pastor compensation.

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Many ministers saddled with seminary debt

A recent graduating class revealed the depth of the issue. Of 57 graduates, 21 had no debt, six owed less than $20,000, another six between $20,000 and $50,000, eight between $50,000 and $90,000 and 11 more than $100,000 — all acquired while at the seminary.

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Singing for community

Just as back-up singers provide the real structure and strength of a song, the church can be that source of support for individual Christians.

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Snake charmers

Who knows? Maybe the upcoming reality series on snake-handling preachers will inspire a bevy of church-related viewing fare.

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