Reflection: Youth & Children

Andrew Root: Take it from Bonhoeffer -- there is no 'Christian youth'

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer pointed out long ago, youth ministry isn't about setting aside a special place for young people in the church but about moving them into the center of the church community, says a youth ministry scholar and author. Read more »

Reflection: Christian Leadership

Ken Evers-Hood: The role of church culture in congregational growth and decline

How can a church leader encourage a cooperative environment that is poised for growth? It depends on the size of the congregation. Read more »



Reflection: Christian Leadership

C. Kavin Rowe: ‘Power’ in the Christian sense is the concrete shape of hope

The work of institutions and communities will never be complete in our time. But if we live out lives of hope, we participate in God’s remaking of creation in Christ. Read more »



Reflection: Theology

Jane Webb Childress: Grace to get through summer

She never expected old hymns to bring "showers of blessing" on a hot summer Sunday in East Texas. But that's the power of music to connect us -- a gift of grace, says a Christian writer. Read more »

Reflection: Vocation

Dori Baker: Intentional Christian communities provide a test kitchen for human flourishing

Could congregations seeking to engage young adults take part in a growing movement of campus-based intentional communities? asks a research fellow to The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). Read more »