Yes, it would be fun to be trained by Yoda on the planet Dagobah. But it’s the less eccentric elements of humility, vulnerability, honesty and wisdom that make for a fruitful mentoring relationship, writes a young pastor.
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Frank Yamada took over as executive director of The Association of Theological Schools on July 1. Photo by Lynda Scahill/Simply Sisters Photography
The new executive director of The Association of Theological Schools talks about his vision for the organization and why he is hopeful about the future of the church and theological education.
Mount Vernon Place UMC was in decline when the Rev. Donna Claycomb Sokol was called as its pastor in 2005; today it is a thriving urban congregation. Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon Place UMC
How do you reverse decline in once-grand urban churches? In their new book, Donna Claycomb Sokol and L. Roger Owens share their experience and suggest a framework for seven crucial conversations that Christian leaders can initiate with their congregations.
Female clergy, by their very existence, upend the traditional image of what a pastor looks like. Bigstock/mypstudio
A young clergywoman offers suggestions for ways that men can be aware of and help combat sexism in the church.
All Christians are called to invite others along the way of Jesus. Make it easy for people to say yes, don’t wear out your welcome, and be yourself, advises a pastor who offers “free prayer” in public.
The author's prayer beads are crafted out of blue stone beads from New Hampshire, a Russian bead from a friend and beads from one of her mother’s old necklaces. Photo by Jessamyn Rubio
Praying with beads provides a steady discipline -- a shape and a frequency for a life of prayer -- and a tangible tool that fixes our attention in a world of so many distractions, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Many rural communities face decline. The church has a unique ability to stand in the hard realities and still preach hope, writes a rural pastor.
Young residents of a changing Brooklyn attend a concert at Park Church Co-op, one of its many events and spiritual offerings. Photos by Whitney Kidder
In a changing Brooklyn neighborhood, the Park Church Co-op is re-connecting with its missional roots, seeking to be a spiritual bridge to people who typically wouldn’t enter a Christian church.
A pastor re-envisions his primary vocation not as a preacher, teacher, healer or administrator but as a host, a “convener.” It wasn’t what seminary prepared him for, but it’s a high and holy calling.
Despite deep and irresolvable differences, Americans must find a way to live together, a Washington University law professor says in this interview. He calls for a ‘confident pluralism,’ bolstered in part by tolerance, humility and patience.