Taking on parenting duties — sometimes after years of living in an empty nest — and giving up their own plans can take a toll on older people. While many participate in senior adult activities and programs their churches offer, they still have needs most congregations aren’t yet meeting.

Published in 2012 Archives
Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Reciprocity or dependency?

Relationship is the heart of mission involvement, and the form that relationship takes determines whether believers minister “with” or “to” others, missiologists insist. Today, they add, relationship translates as partnership, collaboration and reciprocity.
Published in 2011 Archives
The concept of the priesthood of the believer gave rise to the congregational form of church governance -- each member having a say in the decisions the church makes, from calling a pastor to determining the color of the nursery walls. But that can often be unwieldy and slow.
Published in 2010 Archives

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (ABP) -- Individual stand on moral issues -- from personal character to the international arena -- was the foundation of the Aug. 16 Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency.

Published in 2008 Archives
While many churches reach out to meet the immediate needs of people who have lost jobs, Christians also are called to tackle underlying social issues related to employment and to partner with others to help make long-term changes, some ethicists advocate.
Published in 2011 Archives
Thursday, 08 September 2011 00:00

Single adults represent tremendous mission field

Single adults make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. population, according to some studies, and Dennis Franck believes church members just need to open their eyes to see them.
Published in 2011 Archives
Thursday, 08 September 2011 00:00

Are singles finding community at church?

"Why aren't you married yet?" "When are you going to settle down?" "Why can't a pretty girl (or handsome guy) like you find a husband (or wife)?" Societal and church changes in attitudes about single adults are helping congregations begin to see the need for ministry to them.
Published in 2011 Archives
Status in society can influence how people read and interpret the Bible -- and often how they will act on it, according to some Christian leaders.
Published in 2010 Archives
What is the role of laughter and humor for Christians? When should believers take time to laugh?
Published in 2010 Archives
Something that strikes one person as funny -- even something heard at church -- may seem inappropriate to another. How can believers strike a balance as they use humor and laughter in ministry?
Published in 2010 Archives
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