By: Larry McSwain How healthy is your church? That will vary based on several factors, including socioeconomic status and location. But here are seven core markers to see how your church fares during its checkup.
By: Ircel Harrison Supplying churches with trained ministers isn't as simple as it used to be. We need new types of partnerships among individuals preparing for ministry, churches and theological institutions.
By: Renée Embree To be effective in today's culture, the church desperately needs leaders with deep character and faithful competence to help the church go from where it is today to where it needs to be for tomorrow.
By: Bryan Brock Fear is insidious. It uses up mental and spiritual energy. And when fear is in the air, it's like living in a toxic environment. Maybe that's why the command to "fear not" is so prevalent in the Bible.
By: John Pierce The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.
By: Mark Tidsworth People under stress often default to regressive tendencies. That's why some otherwise rational followers of Christ will abandon His teachings when anxiety reigns. They trade in Jesus to serve the "Warrior God."
By: Joe LaGuardia We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.
By: Dennis Bickers Most churches have no sense of a clear vision for ministry. And those that do typically have a vision that's so fuzzy or generic that it's unhelpful. Start the new year right with a clear vision.
By: Griff Martin We're pretty good at worshipping Jesus, but he desires more from us. He desires obedience. In other words, imitating his life, taking his teachings and living and making them our teachings and livings.
By: Ron Rolheiser Having the truth is one thing, speaking it in a place and a manner that's helpful is quite another. Simply put, it isn't always helpful or charitable or mature to throw a truth into someone's face.
By: Dennis Bickers If the need for bivocational ministers in our denominations will increase over the next several years, we must seek ways to identify and train those persons who have been called to such ministry.
By: Larry Eubanks The title of "city of David" had always referred to Jerusalem until Luke's Gospel, when he bestowed that title on Bethlehem. It was Luke's way to highlight Jesus' opposition to the powers that be in Jerusalem.
By: James Gordon The story of Jesus turning water into wine resonates with a world that needs to recover hope from hopelessness. He will give you more than you can contain and offer more blessing than you can think.
By: Bill Wilson The celebration of Christmas has ebbed and flowed throughout U.S. history. During the Advent season, Christians have the opportunity to provide a more meaningful message to society's season of excess.
By: Nabil Costa For people living in the Middle East and North Africa, life is incredibly hard. This Christmas season, here are four gifts that would help children and families escape their daily burdens.