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While the number of women applying for and exercising accredited ministry in Great Britain has steadily grown, many never set out to explore God’s calling of them. But the time for change has surely come. […] Read More

Participating in worship gatherings at least twice a month is uncommon for 18- to 22-year-old Protestants, a survey found. Two-thirds stopped attending regularly in the four years after high school. […] Read More

Arguing that women bring complementary gifts and styles to that of men continues to define women’s ministry in relation to men. Women should be in ministry simply because God calls them to be there. […] Read More

U.S. evangelicals have rightly gained a reputation for being against things, rather than being for Jesus and the gospel and compassion for the weak and vulnerable people Jesus cared for. They are their own worst enemy. […] Read More

Centrist Baptists have felt abandoned by both fundamentalists and liberals. However, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a diverse community seeking to do missions and ministry in new and exciting ways, and there’s room for all. […] Read More

U.S. evangelicals gained a reputation for being guilt-mongers, finger-pointers, even haters. While that reputation may not be wholly deserved, an examination of church history unveils why this reputation is at least partly true. […] Read More

A slim majority of U.S. adults said religion is very important in their lives, a Gallup report says, continuing an overall downward trend from a high of 70 percent in 1965. […] Read More

Should women serve as pastors in churches? For 50-plus years, I was sincerely certain I knew the answer only to discover I’d been heading in the wrong direction. Here’s what finally burst the bubble I had been inhabiting. […] Read More

Distrust for franchised organizations is on the rise, and that distrust applies to churches. Here’s how churches can reach people and communities who view them with a wary eye. […] Read More

When I was ordained five years ago, I couldn’t imagine what the journey would entail. I won’t pretend to know what the next five years hold, but I pray I will have the strength and courage to continue to live a called life. […] Read More