Young people today may be questioning the church, but they are doing so in a way that is faithful to the heart of the tradition. This has the capacity to fuel real spiritual renewal for our institutions, says the host of “On Being” in this interview.
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The author's daughter has helped her streamline her ministry, remember to bring all of herself to the church and glimpse God's parental love.
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The balance of a baby and a parish proved daunting at first to a new mother. But then she began counting the ways that parenthood honed her skills for ministry.
Volunteers from Cullowhee United Methodist Church collect and chop firewood and deliver it to homes across the community.
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In declining rural communities, churches are some of the few viable institutions. They can use this position to help strengthen the wider community, writes the rural church fellow at the Institute for Emerging Issues.
The Rev. Richard Joyner ties up onions with some of the young people who are learning about growing and selling food as well as healthy eating.
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A pastor in rural North Carolina has developed a farming and beekeeping operation that improves the health of local residents while training a new generation.
Whatever your faith, whatever your politics, expect to be challenged by Pope Francis in his visit to the U.S. He’s a leader who engages and persuades with hope, humor, mercy and openness, says a leader in Catholic faith and public life in this interview.
In this excerpt from her new book, Leah Gunning Francis shares the stories of the eclectic group of faith leaders -- many of them young, most of them black women -- who have been leading the response to Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.
People pray Aug. 15, 2014, at the site of a convenience store destroyed after Ferguson police released the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.
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There was no single leader in Ferguson, Missouri, writes a seminary professor, activist and author of the book “Ferguson and Faith.” Instead, there were many leaders, who inspire hope for the future.
It might sound far-fetched to look for Christian leadership lessons in the emergency room, but two brothers -- one a university chaplain, the other a doctor -- find similarities in how to achieve excellence in both settings.
Business books urge leaders to act, but sometimes it’s more important to follow Jesus’ lead and discern the right kind of action, writes a professor of leadership and ministry.
As she hovers over her toddling 15-month-old daughter, a seminary professor learns that leading and following are frequently intertwined. Watching, listening, paying close attention, this hybrid form of leadership follows life.