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.
August 11, 2014 | In her book “Got Religion?” a journalist profiles seven religious institutions that have created new models for inviting young adults into lives of faith. Interestingly, she says technology is not the answer.
August 11, 2014 | Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of “Got Religion? How Churches, Mosques and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back,” offers suggestions for Christian leaders seeking to attract and retain young adults.
August 11, 2014 | Visiting Key West reminds a pastor that while the church can provide welcome stability, it also must function like a seesaw, bringing balance to our communities by serving their needs.
August 11, 2014 | Jesus gives a clear invitation and a promise: “Come to me, you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus is still teaching us this wisdom, handing us four gifts -- Sabbath, release, wellspring and energy for mission, says a retired Baptist pastor.
July 29, 2014 | The former president of Fuller Seminary says he wasn't "going into leadership" when he first became an administrator. With a friend's help, he realized he'd been leading for years as a teacher and scholar.
July 28, 2014 | A theologian who works in the discipline of trauma studies says that Christians need to pay more attention to Holy Saturday. Believing in the promise of resurrection doesn't eliminate suffering -- and in witnessing this suffering, we are about the work of redemption, she says.
July 28, 2014 | When the John Merck Fund decided to spend all its money within 10 years, the move inspired a new strategy and heightened board members' focus, say two siblings who serve their family foundation.
July 28, 2014 | Notre Dame Vision youth academy has 1,400 teenage participants but what really sets it apart are the undergraduates who
serve as 'mentors in faith' -- role models of a life of faith in progress.
July 28, 2014 | With some members left behind, the scene at the restaurant was the opposite of what her church had embodied a half-hour earlier. A pastor learns again that food and hospitality are the building blocks of community.
July 14, 2014 | Some situations are so challenging that they bring out our worst selves and ensure that everyone loses. Game theory teaches us that we can change the rules, the incentive structure or the players -- or constructively disengage, writes a pastor.