It is a helpful exercise for leaders to place themselves in the shoes of those who are new to their organizations.
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Last week we posted Tom Arthur's questions as a young pastor in a start-up congregation modeled on megachurches to his elder, Michael Jinkins, about his "Letters to New Pastors," which assumed a very different pastoral context. Here is Jinkins' reply.
Serving the Lord’s Supper always seems always to result in a mess. And given the nature of our work as leaders, maybe that’s as it should be.
Many sociologists have reviled Christianity. More recently some have defended their version of it. It remains to account for the spiritual vitality of some churches—namely evangelical ones.
Every church wants to be filled with young families and children. There is no shortcut to that goal. "Traditioned innovation," and beautiful art, are more pain-staking, but ultimately more beautiful, ways to approach it.
A church tells the oldest stories in a new way. A bold, one-of-a-kind mural project enriches children’s ministry and helps heal wounds at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas.
Congregations are slightly wealthier and better educated than a decade ago. But those numbers are misleading. In fact, congregations tend to mirror social changes rather than catalyze them.
Religious leaders have often lamented that they have too many old people and too few young people. It turns out that such leaders in the US have good reason to worry.