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On Growing the Mainline Church: Wisdom from Quarks and Einstein

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Mark Barger Elliott

In a time of grief and turmoil after the death of his sister, Maja, Albert Einstein wrote to his stepdaughter Margot, "Look deep, deep into nature, an...

On Growing the Mainline Church: Wisdom from Darwin, Einstein and Picasso

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Mark Barger Elliott

You might have heard of the comic book superheroes, The X-Men, but have you heard of the X Club? In the late 19th century the group met for dinner once a month in London. Members won the prestigious Copley and Royal medals for scientific achievement. Two were knighted. They were scientific superheroes.

Trading Places

Ken Fong | Posted 12.08.2016 | Religion
Ken Fong

I recently announced to the church that I'll be retiring soon from pastoring. Having served continuously at EBCLA since 1978, this will be a significant change for the church and me. Part of me would love to say that I'm leaving after leading the church to even higher heights, but I'm not.

The MegaChurch Is Like An Athlete On Steroids

Tim Suttle | Posted 09.18.2016 | Religion
Tim Suttle

The megachurch has changed the way the church is viewed in America. There can be no doubt that the megachurch has been an amazing laboratory in which we have tested the limits of size on the body of Christ. Maybe it is time for our megachurch leaders to teach us the most important lesson yet: there is such a thing as too big.

Leaving the Faith Because of the Faithful

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Richard Stearns

As his disciples, we are commanded to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and tend to the sick. When churches model that kind of faith in action, maybe more people will once again want to be a part of it.

To Save the Church: Embrace Atheism as the True Religion and Religion as The True Atheism

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

What matters is not method or theology. What matters is honest relationships.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

A Letter from the "Dying" Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To my mourners: Sometimes the dying are the first to know. While others believe you are invincible, you quietly go around collecting pamphlets from h...

Finding the Next Joel Osteen: Keys to Selecting a New Spiritual CEO

David Briggs | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities calling a new pastor, rabbi or imam do not get the same public attention focused on the choice of the next king of late-night TV. But saying goodbye to a longtime leader and deciding on a new spiritual CEO pose special challenges for congregations.

The Failure of Tree-Climbing Fish and Little Churches

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I've heard people talking for years about "church growth." But when they do, I'm not always sure what they mean by it. Or, to put a finer point on it, I'm not always sure they know what they mean by it.

Removing Walls And Opening The Church To The World

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

By creating welcoming threshold places and training members to practice good Christian hospitality, congregations can help people to feel comfortable as they move from the outside world to the inside of the church for the very first time.

Is This The Secular But Spiritual's Church?

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 10.05.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For Nathan De Lee, going to church as a kid was an ordeal. De Lee, a Unitarian Universalist, grew up in rural Kansas, where ...

The Growing Contemporary Church

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Walk in and hear rock music, see people wearing jeans and flip flops, and look at big video screens. Messages that focus on sex, success and decision making are also common fare. Welcome to the contemporary church.

Suggestions For Resurrecting Your Church At Easter

Scott Thumma, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2012 | Religion
Scott Thumma, Ph.D.

This isn't the occasion to berate them for their lack of weekly engagement; rather it is a perfect opportunity to remind errant members about the great activities, opportunities for ministry, and small groups at the church.

This Easter Season, Remember: Church Growth Is About More Than 'The Marrieds'

David Crumm | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
David Crumm

Single adults and single parents tell me that they immediately sense when all of the spiritually rewarding experiences in a congregation are aimed at nuclear families. That's not a welcoming place.

How To Shrink Your Church

Tim Suttle | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Convincing the church she does not exist for the benefit of her members, but for the life of the world is a bad church growth strategy. It's also exactly what the church must do.

It's The Spirituality, Stupid: Vital Congregations Cultivate Personal Piety

David Briggs | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

It is puzzling that growing evidence showing the importance of congregations cultivating the spiritual lives of the faithful is so routinely ignored.