September 8, 2014 | 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.
September 8, 2014 | 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.
September 8, 2014 | 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).
September 4, 2014 | A pastor who is a trained pianist discovered that he did not have to choose between jazz and Jesus -- and that the spiritual power of the creative, improvisational art form can be a tool to help his congregation experience God.
August 25, 2014 | A halftime visit with the leaders of Notre Dame and West Point reminded an evangelical seminary president that leadership is contextual, as varied as a
clerical collar, an Army general’s uniform and chinos with a V-neck sweater.
August 25, 2014 | Science and the modern world can strip the mystery out of our lives. But we can adopt practices -- even using iPhones -- that nurture our sense of transcendence and train our spirits to hear and know God, says an Episcopal priest.
August 25, 2014 | The problem with 'outreach' is that it is 'out there,' and often presumes that we have no needs 'in here,' says a denominational leader. But we are called to be near, to serve our neighbor both far away and in the next pew.
August 22, 2014 | When immigrant families poured into the US seeking asylum, a small Christian nonprofit in Laredo, Texas, had to decide: Stay focused on its core mission or revamp everything in order to meet the humanitarian needs on its doorstep?
August 11, 2014 | Seven years ago, one Seattle church sacrificed itself to another for the benefit of future generations in a remarkable story of trust, generosity and grace. In the accompanying Q&A, the Rev. Eugene Cho talks about the details of the merger and how his congregation, Quest Church, incorporated the traditions and gifts of an older church.
August 11, 2014 | The pastor of a church plant in Seattle explains the nuts and bolts of how his congregation merged with an established church in a way that honored both organizations. The key, he says, was a friendship between the two pastors and a shared belief that the assets of the church belong to the kingdom.