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More than six out of 10 U.S. Protestant churches are experiencing decline or stagnation in weekly attendance, a report found. Conversions are becoming rarer with 54 percent of pastors reporting less than 10 in 2018. […] Read More

The consumer-driven culture in the U.S. has a not-so-subtle impact upon the church. We often seek that “one thing” that, when implemented, will bring the church shoppers to us in droves. Are we creating consumers or disciples? […] Read More

As a society, we resist talking about what is an absolute for all of us: We will someday die. It’s time we have conversations with our loved ones about our deaths and our wishes for end-of-life care. […] Read More

The Baptist World Alliance stopped a six-year slide in contributions with a 10 percent growth in gifts during 2018, but its general secretary cautioned the upswing does not constitute a trend. […] Read More

The trends in theological education don’t paint an inspiring picture for women when you focus on the numbers alone, but they aren’t the full story. Here are 6 reasons we must keep educating women for ordained ministry. […] Read More

White-biased imagery is common in our churches, but its inherent racism is much more subtle than the blatant sexist language and patriarchal imagery that is so dominant in our worship services and beyond. […] Read More

Women’s leadership in the church has grown rapidly over the last few decades. However, for women, the pace of growth in theological education has slowed significantly. Check out these 8 trends. […] Read More

Whether you do or do not believe the Bible should be read literally is irrelevant. It’s whether you actually read it. Those who read it at least weekly – literally or not – tend to become more progressive in their views. […] Read More

Many strongly worded statements have been issued since the reporting of hundreds of victims of sexual abuse within Southern Baptist churches. But it’s time we listen to the victims, mostly women, and allow them to find their voice. […] Read More

Pastors can be trusting souls, which makes them an easy mark for con men. If you receive an offer that seems too good to be true, remember the biblical command to be shrewd as snakes yet innocent as doves. […] Read More