Thursday, 28 November 2013 14:40

Embracing conflict

Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 18:14

Ministry as tug-of-war

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

Published in Commentaries
Monday, 30 September 2013 12:05

Parish priest in post-Christian America

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

Published in Vital Signs
Friday, 06 September 2013 17:09

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?

Published in Theology
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:12

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.

Published in Commentaries
Friday, 23 August 2013 12:56

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.

Published in Congregations
Friday, 23 August 2013 13:11

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.

Published in Congregations
Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:47

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.

Published in Talk With the Preacher
Friday, 16 August 2013 12:41

Snake charmers

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

Published in Seriously Funny
Friday, 09 August 2013 13:16

When small churches merge with large ones

Are larger churches preying on smaller churches by pressuring them into giving up their autonomy to survive?

Published in Congregations
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