On the verge of burnout, a hyperbusy ‘Martha’ goes on a retreat, hoping to channel her inner ‘Mary’ -- but finds it hard to let go of her Martha-like ways.
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Wandering and getting lost is crucial to the practice of ministry. And it must be honored in our seminary classrooms, the places where religious leaders are formed, writes a seminary professor.
The author of “Healing Spiritual Wounds” talks about how the church was a source of both wounding and healing.
A crying angel organist statue at Malostransky Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic. Bigstock / JosefKubes
These two practices help us connect to the Holy One, the source of love, compassion and justice, writes a retired Baptist pastor.
In the Sacred Heart, Jesus' heart is not protectively shrouded but rather vulnerably laid bare. To the author, the image is a reminder that Christ knows the depths of human suffering. Wikimedia Commons
What do you do when you’re called shrill, hysterical or bossy? The executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches responds by feeling deeply and sharing her pain.
Nineteenth-century scientists and artists were preoccupied with noticing things. Could contemporary Christians adapt this practice to the working world?
Being “called to the side of another” is a difficult venture, but one that is a mandate from God, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
It was one thing to lead the Wednesday healing service, quite another to do so while undergoing treatment for cancer, when her own illness was on full display, an Episcopal priest writes in this excerpt from her new book.
Challenges are part of any ministry, yet some clergy thrive despite the inevitable setbacks. New research shows that their keys to success can be boiled down to a few simple strategies available to anyone.
A frightening summer storm destroyed dozens of trees on Samuel Rahberg's family farm. Photos courtesy of Samuel Rahberg
Part of effective Christian leadership is learning when to reach beyond and when to accept our own limitations. A spiritual director offers some thoughts and advice on how to do that.