By: Bill Owen Being an effective pastor is not easy. Even outstanding pastors face days where self-doubt, fear and uncertainty nip at their heels. When those days come, here are five things you need to stop doing.
By: David Swartz On one hand, modern-day secularism seemingly runs rampant throughout Europe. However, the numerous storefront immigrant churches suggest that narratives of secularization aren't so rigid.
By: Drew Smith Both sacred time and space are vital to authentic worship and can function to draw us into the experience of God. Sadly, in efforts to be relevant, some churches have lost a sense of sacred time and space.
By: Ron Rolheiser We too easily and too frequently get the wrong focus befitting both Christian discipleship and human maturity. For the main part, our own salvation will take care of itself if we focus on the needs of others.
By: Zach Dawes God is working to bring about a "new creation" that involves both humanity and creation. It is not a replacement but a renewal movement in which all things are becoming fully aligned with God's design.
By: Colin Harris In nearly every facet of life, people look for a leader to deliver them from whatever peril may afflict them. Does our search for these deliverers keep us from seeing God's incarnational presence in our world?
By: Dennis Bickers Most church members are very content with the status quo and resistant to change. If you want change in your church, you need to identify the ones that want change and groom them for leadership.
By: Stephen Holmes Where is God's purpose when we watch sports or enjoy vacation? There is no need to connect vacation with purpose; trusting in God, we can dare to take time and space to relax, to rest, to enjoy.
By: Mark Tidsworth Just as people have varying levels of self-esteem, churches have different levels of 'church-esteem.' Those with mid- to high levels are poised to dream dreams and see visions for God's calling.
By: Guy Sayles Many church leaders, both clergy and laity, have leadership scars, difficult reminders of wounds they received when they attempted to offer their leadership gifts. We need to help them heal.
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan Don't have time for Twitter? Don't need one more thing in your life already overstimulated by media? Well, Twitter can be a great way to meet new ministry colleagues and to recruit new church members.
By: Julie Ball In "Inside Out," one emotion, Joy, tries to be the dominant emotion in the head of an 11-year-old girl. And that can be the problem with worship when we want it to be filled with joy. Every. Single. Moment.
By: Roger Olson The Bible says we should love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength and all our mind. Too many Christians think three out of four isn't so bad. They need to develop a discipleship of the mind.
By: Martin Brooks Rather than Muslims and Christians getting together to talk about their differences, what if the two faith groups came together to work side by side on projects to help their communities?
By: Juan Aragon Prejudices and cultural biases hinder our mission efforts, much like they did back when Peter and other believers avoided the Gentiles. Today, we see immigrants as a threat, not as a chance to reflect God's love.
By: Sam Chaise Election season is seldom known for its civility when candidates focus on negative attacks and destructive sound bites. Why doesn't the church lead the charge for civility this election season?
By: Jim Kelsey Churches must disciple people in the same way we raise our children. We don't sit our kids down for a weekly lecture. We walk with them through their lives, helping them draw lessons from their successes and failures.