In today’s world, we tend to choose friendships with like-minded people rather than investing in a broad community of “familiar but not intimate” relationships. That narrowing of casual relationships is killing our communities and driving us away from God’s work in the world, writes the managing director of grants for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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It’s not the renowned writer himself that’s the problem, writes a pastor who grew up in and serves rural communities. But his writing projects an idealized vision of rural life that ignores current realities.
The systems that will sustain congregations will need the mindsets of adventurers, investors and catalysts working together, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Christian institutions must recruit more widely, train in different disciplines and equip emerging leaders to thrive, writes the pastor of Manhattan Bible Church.
Crucifer Marva Davenport is one of many St. Cyprian's members who tutor in the church's after-school literacy program. Photo courtesy of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church
A priest and his congregation reached out to the community to help save their popular after-school literacy program.
The Rev. Alvin Edwards (left) visits with the Rev. Alvin Horton, pastor of First United Methodist Church, during a meeting of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective.
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When crisis hit Charlottesville last summer, local clergy were prepared to help lead, thanks in part to newly rebuilt relationships and trust, says the leader of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective.
Globalization, technology and financialization are interacting to rapidly change our world, creating bewilderment and disorientation. In such a time, we need new and renewed institutions that are creative and vibrant to lead us through the turbulence, writes the theologian.
Varied skills, gained in a parish and the White House, work together to inform the shape of my call’s expression, writes an executive minister at The Riverside Church. A widening of the traditional understanding of the pastor’s role feels necessary as the church takes on new and unusual shapes.
The role of preaching in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s work is often overlooked by the academy, but it was at the very heart of his theology and ministry, says the homiletics professor and author of a new book on Bonhoeffer and preaching.
The Flint water crisis began about three years ago, and it will be years more before all public water lines are replaced. iStock / Linda Parton
Christian leaders must press their communities to address needs long after a health emergency, a natural disaster, a mass shooting -- even when others have moved on, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.