By: Paul Beasley-Murray When it comes to church growth, Jesus is no magician. He builds his church through Christians who share their faith joyfully with others. But leaders have a key role to play in church growth.
By: Sara Powell A Seder dinner at a friend's home offered a reminder that the story of God's chosen people is not an easy one. As the Israelites were in bondage, so are all of us enslaved. And only God can ultimately free us.
By: Helle Liht The first step toward environmental and climate literacy among Christians is how we read Scripture. We must read Scripture so that it holds together the natural world and the world of human beings.
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan It's too easy today to simply stop talking to people with whom you disagree. When Christians authentically converse with people who view the world differently, they build a bridge of relationship.
By: Molly T. Marshall The church is rather silent about the stewardship of natural resources. Yet, in large measure, God has entrusted the care of creation to humans, and we participate in its ultimate redemption through our actions.
By: Ron Rolheiser From outward appearances, Good Friday was bad long before it was good. To understand what happened, we must separate what was happening on the surface from what was happening at some deeper place.
By: Jerrod Hugenot Easter is not just this one Sunday. It marks the beginning of disciples who do not fear but move forward in the confidence of a faith that summons them away from familiarity and indifference.
By: Neville Callam If you're going to make an ethical judgment on a situation, you must first be certain you have a reasonable grasp of the facts. Defensible judgments require a conscientious effort to secure the facts.
By: David Hull When churches seek mere unity, they face consequences that will have negative effects in the long run. Instead of a "spirit of unity," churches must seek "unity in the Spirit." It's not semantics; there's a big difference.
By: Mark Glanville Most refugees are here because they are fleeing persecution, conflict and possibly death. Here's how churches can avoid being swayed by fear-based rhetoric and respond from a loving biblical perspective.
By: Drew Smith Like John the Baptist, prophets of God's justice face persecution when speaking truth to the powerful who oppress the vulnerable. Becoming prophets will put us on a collision course with retribution.
By: Bill Wilson While building a congregation's life around a clear vision and purpose is easy to believe in, problems emerge when we talk about how to do it. Here are 7 habits of churches that are on mission.
By: Jerrod Hugenot All churches have to deal with change. If they don't, they're left on the sidelines. How they learn to thrive, to become more resilient to challenges, will be a matter of learning how to risk and live to tell about it.
By: Sharon Prior Many congregations expect their ministry staff to do almost everything, but hopefully those days are coming to an end. Ministers must develop a culture that helps members align their gifts with roles in the church.
By: Joe LaGuardia Most churches have members who serve as primary caregivers to loved ones suffering from dementia. How do you build a ministry that reaches out to those families? Here are four best-practice trends.
By: Jon Kuhrt When interacting with people who beg, Christians are often seen as soft touches. While we should help people in need and be as human and kind as possible, Christians need to stop being doormats.
By: Colin Harris The closing-the-borders mindset is prominent in our political life, but further reflection suggests that rhetoric may be a symptom of a deeper problem in our human experience, affecting even our theology.
By: Jonathan Davis Rural ministers have unique temptations that threaten to derail them. Unlike their big-city counterparts, these pastors of small-town churches must be on their guard for these temptations.
By: Mark Tidsworth Some church leaders desire to keep as many people happy as often as possible, but this leads to a watered-down, tepid religion. Here's what your church needs to do to become a robust congregation.