Developing a leadership pathway for people in his congregation helped an associate pastor avoid the last-minute scramble to fill open positions. The six-month process includes prayer, reading, discussion and discernment.
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The internet is a powerful tool for speaking out, giving voice to the voiceless. But we cannot change the world from behind a computer screen, writes a Baptist pastor. We still have to get our hands dirty.
In holding together scarcity and abundance, leaning into constraints even as we focus on bolder ambitions, we will discover the greatest opportunities for transformation, writes the executive vice president and provost at Baylor University.
Via their avatars, children and teens gather for worship in the sanctuary of The Robloxian Christians.
Founded and pastored by a Tacoma teenager, The Robloxian Christians is a real -- albeit virtual -- church where young people gather to worship, pray and connect. And it has important lessons for those who lead traditional churches and church-related institutions.
Knowing your people entails developing a robust vocabulary and historical understanding of race, gender and other identity markers -- and these resources will help, writes the director of the Duke Youth Academy.
Former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama pray at the memorial service for five police officers killed in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Photo by The White House, via Wikimedia Commons
Christian leaders who are obligated to speak out on current events don’t have to join the media noise. Silence says more than punditry, writes a seminary professor.
We’ve been saying “White Lives Matter” ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, says a Baptist pastor in Dallas. It’s past time for white Christians to acknowledge the ongoing sin of racism, confess our own biases, and seek to create new patterns of thought and behavior.
Although Debora Jackson never met her grandmother, stories about the formidable woman have informed Jackson's leadership style. Photo courtesy of Debora Jackson
The standard leadership literature was useful, but hearing stories about her grandmother and other family members helped a denominational leader truly find her voice and sense of self.
The Rev. Laura Everett, in front row wearing black and white skirt, joins congregants and other visitors at a June 15 interfaith prayer vigil, asking for healing and unity following gun violence in Orlando, Boston and elsewhere. The vigil was held at Bethel AME in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Getty Images / Photo by Lane Turner.