By: Mark Tidsworth
Churches today are in transition. When transition leads to negative changes, we look to leaders for answers and often blame them for the change. No wonder pastors are fearful.
Positive perceptions of clergy continue to slide, a Gallup poll found. For the first time, less than 50 percent of respondents rated clergy "high" or "very high."
Pastoral abuse of any form occurs when pastors overstep their boundaries and view church members as a means to an end. Here are five ways the church can respond.
Can successful ministers achieve a healthy life balance? If you don't care if your ministry self-destructs, here are five ways you can avoid a healthy life balance.
When churches call recent seminary grads to serve as ministers, they are making a covenant to partner with those ministers to further their education in the crucible of congregational life.
(RNS) Three dozen religious leaders have signed an ad calling on Village Voice Media to remove an adult section of its website.
(RNS) A long-standing tax break for clergy and other “ministers of the gospel” is facing the newest in a string of challenges in federal court.
(RNS) In a last-minute bid to stop a Sept. 21 execution in Georgia, religious leaders have rallied in previously unseen numbers to call for clemency.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rt. Rev. Walter C. Righter died at the age of 87.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was installed as leader of the 1.5-million strong Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (RNS) Critics hope enough pressure will convince Bloomberg to allow clergy to speak Sunday at ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
(RNS) Mitch Mayne is not the first openly gay person to hold a key leadership post but he may be the first to announce it from the pulpit.
(RNS) Presbyterians are prepping to celebrate the passage of a policy that allows gay pastors to serve openly for the first time in the denomination’s history.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Decades ago, Daniel Parker would pretend to be a preacher, belting out sermons as he jumped up and down on his bed.
(RNS) Evangelical leader Leith Anderson has announced plans to retire as senior pastor of his Eden Prairie, Minn. megachurch.
(RNS) A United Methodist minister was suspended for 20 days by a church court in Wisconsin for performing a same-sex union in 2009.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent Navy memo that would permit military chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies is creating tension.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon leaders will offer sermons at an upcoming conference that many Mormons will treat like faxes from God.
(RNS) A coalition of Christian churches answered the Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The Rev. Matthew Harrison will serve a local church in addition to his role as President.
(RNS) What do nurses, soldiers, pharmacists, elementary school teachers, doctors, and police officers have in common?
HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the ordination of a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval.
BERLIN (RNS) Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers may live with their partners in parish parsonages.
(RNS) Officials in Bhutan have barred Hindu and Buddhist clergy from voting in upcoming elections.
(RNS) Three Kentucky men have dropped their six-year effort to sue the Vatican over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
Honesty and transparency are rarely encouraged in the clergy world, and that's a huge problem. While trained to see the faults of those around us, ministers struggle with the ability to reflect on our own lives critically.
The interchange between clergy and laity can be a delicate balance. Pastors have a few things they wish congregants understood to help encourage healthier relationships. Here are seven.
An Episcopal priest was defrocked recently for wanting to remain a Muslim. In our live-and-let-live culture, some may see this as a sensitivity issue. However, placing Christianity and Islam in a blender to make a spiritual smoothie does violence to both.
Carolyn Staley, minister of education at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., has organized an Arkansas Chapter of Baptist Women in Ministry. Some of her members can't be named publicly.
Very often we use words interchangeably that have very distinctive meanings. As I have started doing clergy coaching with Pinnacle Leadership Associates, I have found that friends tend to confuse three terms—counseling, mentoring and coaching.
EthicsDaily.com reported 11 arrests, three convictions, two lawsuits and one suicide involving alleged sexual abuse by clergy in 2007.
A victims' advocate says a Florida pastor accused of sending obscene text messages to a minor might have been stopped if the Southern Baptist Convention had a database of sexual abuse by clergy.
Recent Baptist state convention resolutions indicate growing awareness of the reality of sexual abuse of children in the Southern Baptist Convention, says a victims' advocate, but they don't go nearly far enough to ensure that all churches in the nation's second-largest faith group are safe places for kids.
No Baptist media source has given more timely and thorough attention to the issue that almost every Baptist preacher wants to avoid than EthicsDaily.com. The issue is child-sexual abuse in Baptist churches.
A victims' support group urged the Alabama Baptist State Convention to follow the example of the smaller Alabama Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in adopting a strong policy aimed at breaking the cycle of molestation by clergy.
The former pastor of a Florida Baptist mega-church charged with sexually abusing 21 women and one man when they were children won't face his accusers in court. Bob Gray, 38-year-pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., died Saturday, just days before his criminal trial was scheduled to start.
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Florida once picketed by homosexual groups for its opposition to gay marriage is now in headlines for the arrest of a volunteer youth minister accused of sexually abusing teenage boys he met through the church.
A state Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has adopted a policy for reporting sexual abuse by clergy that a victim advocate hopes will become a model for other Baptist bodies.
A former Southern Baptist pastor in Cordova, Tenn., has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual battery by an authority figure involving a teenage boy.