By: Dennis Bickers Bivocational ministry is a calling from God just the same as the call to fully funded ministry. For churches making the transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational one, here are 5 challenges to keep in mind.
By: Angela Jackson In a household with two bivocational ministers, working bivocationally has granted us tremendous creative, intellectual and relational freedom to pursue ministry interests and passions outside the local church.
By: Ira Antoine As membership continues to decline in small and medium-size churches, bivocational ministers will be needed more than ever. How will our denominations meet the needs of these ministers?
By: Nick Lear Recent hate-motivated attacks reveal it's not enough for our society to tolerate our neighbors; we must love them. When we all love our neighbors, we build a brick-by-brick defense against hate.
By: Roger Olson For some churches, their patriotic God-and-country worship service at Independence Day is a proverbial sacred cow. How can pastors phase out these nationalistic worship services without losing their pulpits?
By: Mike Massar Pastoring a church requires a delicate balance. At times, you're the good cop, compassionately meeting the church's needs. Other times, you're the bad cop, speaking truth when it can be hard to hear.
By: Brent McDougal We live in a vulnerable world. Many people fear feeling unprotected and emotionally exposed. It's tempting to put up walls and hide behind them. Those walls ultimately destroy the very thing we want to protect.
By: Colin Harris It's difficult, if not impossible, for people steeped in certain beliefs and attitudes, such as racism, to escape the chains of those beliefs to see the world a different way. But the gospel can transform are ingrained thinking.
By: Curtis Ramsey-Lucas As China's population shifts from rural to urban settings, Protestant congregations are growing because they've been effective at community building. Does that have implications for churches outside of China?
By: Zach Dawes A sense of responsibility for the common good of the world and everyone in it has taken a back seat to immediate progress for the individual person, group or nation. But this me-first mindset isn't sustainable.
By: Mark Tidsworth Given our larger cultural context of incivility and low regard for leadership in general, it's not surprising that pastors are more vulnerable than ever before. Here are 6 ways to reduce it.
By: David Kerrigan Are all Baptists card-carrying evangelicals? To answer that, we must first define what evangelical means. That definition means contemporary Baptist identity is at times at odds with evangelical ideology.
By: Stuart Blythe In some circles, debate swirls around which is most important - church, mission or discipleship. However, the three belong in an integrated relationship where none can really claim the priority.
By: James Gordon When it comes to care for God's creation, Christians aren't in a neutral position. Reckless disregard for the health of this planet is an offense to deep principles of Christian theology.
By: Tony Brooks While many churches are throwing most of their resources into reaching young families, one of the largest generations, the baby boomers, is often overlooked. Here's how to turn that around.
By: Jon Kuhrt We can't disconnect violent extremism from its religious roots, whether that's Islam or Christianity. Religion provides resources for oppressors and those fighting for peace and liberation. We must judge them by their actions.
By: Ron Rolheiser Most people who claim no religious affiliation say they no longer believe, but does this mean they have lost faith? Ceasing to believe in something isn't the same thing as losing one's faith.
By: Molly T. Marshall Worship is not for spectators. It's more than the regular work of the choir, musicians and pastoral staff. When churches observe the Christian year, they open up space for creative artistry in all the congregants.
By: Robert Guffey Letting fear rule our behavior to the point of seeing all strangers as potential perilous sources makes no sense for people of faith. It's time Christians trust the perfect, suffering, reconciling love of God.