By: Ircel Harrison God still calls women and men to ministry, and churches need leaders. The traditional forms of providing theological education must change to meet the realities of individual lifestyles without sacrificing quality.
By: Joel Snider People who work with those in deeply engrained poverty must balance the need to alleviate desperation versus creating dependency. To understand the struggle of that decision, you must know the people in crisis.
By: Ron Rolheiser Too often, many Christians are embittered moralizers, secretly envying the amoral and criticizing our world out of bitterness. It's an occupational hazard for the good and faithful. Is it tripping you up?
By: Margot and Martin Hodson Churches have substantial investments, including pensions, in fossil fuel. Is it ethical for them to invest in fossil fuels? How can environmental ethics inform their decision making?
By: David Fitch Some folks serve their church in traditional organized functions; others serve outside the church walls. Both groups must come together in a way that's seamless and represents a whole of way of life.
By: Colin Harris Life seems to be a journey of expanding consciousness broadening our world with each step. Can we see our Christian faith in terms of increasingly wider horizons? Or will we remain focused on ourselves?
By: Thomas Kidd We're constantly at risk of developing tunnel vision because of our culture. For U.S. evangelicals, the two greatest risks to biblical faithfulness are the prosperity gospel and the gospel of American patriotism.
By: Michael Shaw At the heart of false worship is that it is all about us, all about what God can do for us, a warm feeling of self-satisfaction. By contrast, true worship hurts because it changes things for us and others around us.
By: David Kerrigan Why is it assumed that communion is only for believers? If we believe new truth can still break through from God's Word, dare we allow our prophetic imagination to see something potentially new?
By: Bill Wilson Turning the world upside down is risky business for churches. They must be ready to weigh new ideas, suggest alternatives, propose new methods or raise questions. And some folks won't like it.
By: Robert Guffey Far too many Christians think far too little about what it means to be a Christian. Their priorities focus on power, consumerism and celebrity, rather than Jesus' way of humility, kindness and grace.
By: Phil Jump No task is more important for a local church than to help people discover and become faithful followers of Jesus. What some churches describe as mission, however, is more aptly termed as marketing.
By: Roger Olson How can churches attract young members back who have drifted away? Some suggest save talk about sin and repentance for later, but a church that isn't transparent about their beliefs is disingenuous.
By: David Fitch While programs that alleviate pain and suffering are important, our relationship with the poor is not to be organized as a church program. Instead, out of everyday life, we are to come alongside the poor.
By: David Fitch Churches dedicate whole ministries to do justice and mercy as programs for the poor. While such ministries do alleviate immediate suffering, they inevitably keep the poor at a distance.
By: Mark Tidsworth Do you feel like you're playing a hide-and-seek game when you look for God in the institutional church. Before you walk out altogether, consider these three questions. They may just save your spiritual life.
By: Jim Somerville Factories make coffeemakers. Those coffeemakers don't make more coffeemakers; they make coffee. If they don't, their factories go out of business. Churches are disciple-making factories. What do their disciples make?
By: Guy Sayles More than any argument for the truth of Christianity, what persuades me over and over again is the immediate and inescapable presence of Jesus. We relate to him as a here-and-now reality.
By: Bill Wilson For many churches, pastor search committees are a blend of divine intervention, wishful thinking and occasional luck. Here's how your church can get off to a good start when seeking your next minister.
By: Stuart Blythe When we think about prophets, our thoughts turn to Old Testament figures. But prophets have been with us through the ages and are alive and well today. Here are six ways to recognize them.
By: Joe LaGuardia Churches that cooperate in the public sector not only fulfill part of Jesus' Great Commission, but also thrive in a marketplace in which the lines between secular and sacred often blur.