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Ministry on the Margins: The Good, the Bad and the Awesome

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

"Who in their right mind would want to be a minister?" It's a question I hear a lot nowadays, especially with news reports about how many in ministry experience low pay, high burnout and potential unemployment.

Shaping the Church: Thinking, Reimagining and Envisioning

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The church can be relevant, meaningful and important and we must be able to share this with the world. As I ponder such issues, I realize that I am a product of a "cloud of witnesses" who have gone before me to light the way for me to be in the church and be a leader within the theological academy.

Pragmatic Pastor Turned Postman to Help the Homeless

Liz Dow | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Liz Dow

A Pastor came to understand that his guests need services, not sermons. He used mailboxes as a concrete step toward resolving a seemingly insurmountable problem. This is proof that wonder and a sense of possibility dwell in the hearts of leaders who inspire.

What 40-Year-Old Me Would Say to 25-Year-Old Me

The Unappreciated Pastor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
The Unappreciated Pastor

I was 25 when I became a senior pastor. That was 15 years ago. Time has gone by so quickly. I have been reminiscing about life in the ministry. In looking back I have come to the conclusion that it would have been great if there were a mentor in my life to prepare me for ministry.

Unbind Him, and Let Him Go: A Lenten Challenge

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

While some bible stories seem mostly about God being with us, other stories seem more about God for us. The story of Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead, however, is about both.

Proposed 'Ministry of Marriage and Divorce' Sparks Controversy

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Mehrnaz Samimi

Official statistics released in late 2013 by the government of Iran revealed that one of out of five marriages overall, and one out of three in Iran's bigger cities, end in divorce in less than four years.

Falling: Recovery, Silence and the Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

My friend had been told that clergy shouldn't show weakness. They shouldn't admit to perceived failures. Somehow we have taught that Christians are people of perfection, and not people of redemption.

Is Someone Accountable for Your Nonprofit's Fundraising Mistakes?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Accountability matters in fundraising. Don't let personal relationships, loyalty or long term employment cloud your vision when it comes to results. The stakes are too high. If things aren't working, you need to act, and act now.

A Christmas Blessing

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 02.23.2014 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

Each year my tree, still graced with these gathered, given ornaments, reminds me of the abundance of love in the universe, and challenges me to keep my heart ever open to receive.

A Letter From the Brothers: We Support Women -- Period.

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

As ministers of the gospel, church leaders and people who love and support women, we promise to speak up, speak out, stand up and stand with our sisters in ministry.

Homelessness a Matter of Life, Death in Upper Peninsula

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

"They have to realize that what they're doing is hurting families. We're going to have a need for more food for people to survive a month."

What People Are Really Thinking When They Invite you to Church

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Just over two years ago, I picked up a free Bible. I had read it before but, this time, almost instantly, in a wave of emotions and realizations and revelations and a wide variety of indescribable sensations, I became a Christian. It happened.

Unexpected Inspirations

Phil Shepherd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Phil Shepherd

The priceless touch from fingertips belonging to my beloved's hands... Witnessing the result of the manipulation of molten precious metal into handcra...

The Decorative Boulder

Lillian Daniel | Posted 12.21.2013 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

At the conclusion of a graveside service, I said goodbye to the family members who were in silent prayer after they had buried their loved one. My car...

5 Reasons Why I Pray That Bishop Eaton Joins Twitter

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 12.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

I don't think Bishop Eaton should join Twitter to collect followers, or compete with Joel Osteen or Rick Warren for pithiness (though Eaton's wit would be a blessing on Twitter, for sure!). Instead, I hope Bishop Eaton joins Twitter so she can lead us in following Jesus, online and in all the world.

A Big Mistake Ministry Teams Make

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Is my team sufficiently challenged? If they are, then their gifts and capacities are being stretched and utilized. If they are not, the team is, at least in some ways, probably languishing.

God Loves Vaginas

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I can't help but think that part of the Good News I'm called to share is this: the Church does not hate vaginas. Even better, God certainly doesn't. Of that I'm certain.

Ministry: A Platform To Lead

Wayne Meisel | Posted 12.04.2012 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

If we expect the church and its clergy to be relevant by offering up what was done before, we will have the train wreck that so many pundits are predicting. But if we see ministry as a place to stand, we will move the world.

The Unexpected Pastor

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It sounds cliche to say that being a pastor is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's true. And yet, I can't imagine doing anything else.

Reaching Out To Young Adults Will Screw Up Your Church

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

While many mainline churches say "we want young people," they don't really. If young adults actually showed up and joined their church for good, the change they'd naturally bring with them would be stark, even off-putting.

Hello, Rob Bell - The Interview

Skye Jethani | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

"Let the Spirit do what the Spirit will. And while you're at it, relinquish the need to label everything "Christian" or "not Christian." Be a Christian. People can figure the rest out. It's a noun, after all.

Why This Atheist Still Needs His Former Pastor

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

If atheists and Christians started seeing one another as necessary partners in making the world a better place, what might we come to understand about each other? What might we come to better understand about ourselves? What might we accomplish together?

Controversy in Wisconsin

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

When we have controversy and conflict within the church and speak badly of one another as Christians, it actually turns people away from Christ.