By: Bill Wilson Healthy churches recognize that the era of programming is giving way to a season in which we rediscover our movement roots. Does your church still push programs or is it working to launch and sustain a movement?
By: Danny Chisholm As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.
By: Chuck Summers No matter how big the crowds, how glorious the music or inspirational the preaching, our worship services are found unsatisfactory to God if we are not at the same time committed to maintaining justice.
By: Neil Brighton Many churches have a steady stream of people serving on short-term foreign mission trips. These trips can have good or bad consequences. How is your church preparing your members to serve?
By: Colin Sedgwick Wherever we look in our world today, we can find men and women of goodwill, even in places where our prejudices might have led us to regard it as extremely unlikely. We can work together without compromise.
By: Lynne Hybels Three-fourths of the civilian casualties of war are women and children. When you open your mind and heart to God and the world, you realize that you are your sister's keeper. And they are all your sisters.
By: Cliff Vaughn The genocide in Nigeria in 1966 escaped the radar of most North Americans. While few missionaries talked about what happened 50 years ago, many other folks seemingly didn't want to hear about it. Why?
By: Bill Shiell It's back-to-school time. Renewed churches are engaged in local schools. By adopting a public school, a church can address racism, serve the poor and share the gospel through word and deed.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray The word 'disciple' occurs frequently in the Gospel and Acts, but not in the letters of Peter, Paul, James or John. A disciple represents an individual, but the plural of disciple is church.
By: Mark Tidsworth When Christians commit to following the way of Jesus Christ, they realize they can't sustain that effort on isolation. Here are three ways that robust church groups meet spiritual needs of members.
By: Rupen Das While the Bible places responsibility for social justice on society as a whole, the poor need to exercise the rights already given to them and to continue pursuing a more perfect justice.
By: Bill Wilson Some churches are like cut flowers, beautiful but facing a future of slow decline. Churches should strive to be like garden perennials, springing up year after year, rather than "flash in the pan" annuals.
By: Nick Lear When seeking how to approach life's complexities, do you read the Bible looking for answers or for wisdom? It may seem like an esoteric exercise in semantics, but your answer reflects how you approach life.
By: Shannon Youell How would unexpected guests, those persons who randomly show up at your church, react to your worship service? Would they understand what was happening? It's time to see your church through their eyes.
By: Matt Sapp Water is necessary to life and is a central element of Scripture. As the tribalism in our national dialogue heats up, we can look to Scripture to offer some cooling relief to extinguish the vitriol.
By: Ircel Harrison Churches planning for the future need to set goals to map out how they'll reach their destination. There will always be those who resist goals. Here are ways to answer those objections.
By: Ron Rolheiser As individuals and as a nation, we are increasingly sinking into some unhealthy forms of tribalism concerned primarily with taking care of our own. It's happening around the globe and contrary to the gospel.
By: Dennis Bickers Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.
By: Mark Tidsworth When it comes to church, there are driving questions behind and underneath everything we do. Of these two question sets - one foundational, the other organizational - which one drives your church?
By: Logan Carpenter Sometimes, church seems like a place where we skirt around hard questions of our faith. Instead, churches should welcome questions, explore what Scripture says and admit when we don't know the answer.
By: Bill Wilson Christians often talk about how God is always good yet live anxious and obsessed lives. That gap between rhetoric and actions is at the heart of the dysfunction of many local churches and individual Christians.
By: Ron Rolheiser We are good-hearted people, but if we're honest, we find it hard to love our neighbors. We don't turn the other cheek or love our enemies. We struggle, mostly unsuccessfully, to wish our enemies well.
By: Barry Howard Does your church need to be revitalized? It is a process of restoring a healthy vision, good congregational morale and a sustainable model for engaging in mission and ministry. Here are 12 healthy trends.
By: David Hull Personal fitness trackers are in demand and are a great way to measure our fitness goals to reach 10,000 daily steps. What if you could wear a spiritual fitness tracker? What would it measure?