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Church Leadership

Shut Up In The Name Of Jesus

Tara Hedman | Posted 12.06.2016 | Religion
Tara Hedman

Let's call the manipulative, cliché, controlling, nonsense what it is: spiritual abuse

Your 2016 Church Goals Should Start Here

Tim Suttle | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Tim Suttle

The most powerful reason the church is struggling in North America right now is that the church's way of being in the world does not represent a genuine alternative to the norms of the culture.

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.

Francis, Let's Put Women in Their Place

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

What about Pope Francis? Will he ever bless the ordination of women, or will he continue to keep women in their place? I deeply admire Pope Francis. His warmth and compassion, his candor and humanity are a breath of fresh air. His love for the poor and his commitment to people rather than to an established hierarchy are inspirational.

The Tyranny of Consensus: How Your Church Can Make Better Decisions

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Too often the church becomes a place where we don't want to alienate anyone. And so, we alienate everyone. And slowly we stop becoming a community of disciples, and we start becoming a museum of a faith community that once was.

Remember Vatican II Because Who Becomes Pope Matters To The Rest Of Us

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.

Scrooge vs. Santa Claus: Rescuing God From Shallow Theology

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

I'm tired of reading 12 to 20 pages of poorly written, theologically thin, unimaginative discourse, intended to represent a ministerial candidate's breadth of preparedness and depth of spiritual formation but more frequently sending me into despair over the future of Church leadership.

Who Are You To Judge ME? (Maybe, Someone Who Cares)

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

It might well be time to rethink our outlook toward judging and being judged. Particularly in the Church, the mistaken attitude that we have no business judging other believers is so pervasive today that I think it's time to re-consider what it really means.

The Church's Doomed Pursuit Of The Elusive Young Adult

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

It seems that everywhere you look today, "the church," especially within historic traditions, is talking about reaching that ever-elusive young adult demographic.  Sometimes it feels like we are on some National Geographic safari trying to observe and conserve some rare creature.

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.

Not Ashamed Of Jesus

Anthony B. Robinson | Posted 07.24.2011 | Religion
Anthony B. Robinson

Over the years, I've continued to ponder my initial reaction to that church and particularly to the hymns. What was it that I found difficult, even embarrassing?

Who Can Lead The Local Church?

Brady Boyd | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

What qualifies someone to be a leader in the church? Can someone just announce to the rest of us that "God called me" or "God spoke to me"?