A small boy eyes the waters of baptism during worship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photos by T.J. Hamilton/SaboPR
Eight years ago, a Grand Rapids congregation left its stately but deteriorating church for a plain, empty building in a tough part of town. Today, the risk has paid off with a smaller but committed congregation heavily involved in neighborhood ministry.
Under President Molly T. Marshall’s leadership, Central Baptist Theological Seminary has gone from near-collapse to being one of the fastest-growing seminaries in the country. In this interview, she talks about the hard decisions she faced and the importance of creativity and risk taking.
A man in Ferguson, Missouri, holds on to a fence on August 15, 2014, at the site of a convenience store destroyed during rioting after the shooting death of Michael Brown by police.
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In an age of nonstop media that exposes us as never before to the world’s pain and brokenness, lamentation is an essential and even revolutionary act, one that the church needs desperately to reclaim, says a young pastor.
A 2014 Canadian survey shows that many people don’t have passionate feelings about the church -- either for or against. At the same time, many have misperceptions that might keep them away from church life, says the researcher who conducted the survey.
Would proper training have been enough to have saved the life of Dr. McDreamy? Photo courtesy of ABC Studios
To adapt in a rapidly changing world, leaders must have skills as well as the wisdom to know when and how to use them, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
There’s no perfect church. So embrace what you have by practicing gratitude, writes a lay leader.
Teenage pilgrims gather for mid-day prayer in the meeting-room-turned-sanctuary at Youthfront LaCygne in LaCygne, Kansas.
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Youthfront, a 72-year-old Kansas City youth ministry, is passionate about recovering classic Christian formation in the lives of young people. At Youthfront LaCygne, they’ve created a theological playground, a space for young people to think, reflect, doubt and pray.