Mainline Protestants can still have an exciting and life-giving future. Living into that future will require us to learn deeply Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen's lessons of disruptive innovation, say three United Methodist Church leaders.
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Not content to do just some good, the former senior engineering director at Google has tackled the question of how to help social organizations do more good. Her lessons: think big, start small and relentlessly seek impact.
Lighting candles, drinking wine and eating challah bread are home-based practices for the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath. Many American Jews, especially millennials, are rejecting institutional religion and instead are seeking guidance in practicing Jewish traditions. Bigstock / Photo by Ungvar
The decline in religiosity among American Jews should prompt a reappraisal of how religious leaders are trained and deployed in Jewish institutions, say an academic and a practitioner.
The Rev. Justin Mathews works the serving line at Thelma's Kitchen, a cafe operated by Reconciliation Services.
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In a neighborhood long marked by the trauma of racism and poverty, Reconciliation Services is building community with an entrepreneurial but distinctly Orthodox Christian approach to mission.
Jonathan Harris, executive director of life skills education at The House DC after-school program, speaks to teens in an afternoon teaching session. Photos by Mike Morones
A Christian after-school program in one of the District of Columbia’s most challenging neighborhoods gives students a sense of hope.
Helping another social enterprise get off the ground offered an existing organization a chance to magnify the impact of its own programs to help teens and young adults.
How do you learn to see abundance where others see only poverty? In this excerpt from his new book, the Rev. Michael Mather writes about how his congregation shifted its focus from paying people’s bills to cultivating their talents and gifts.
GoFish! Ministries takes kids out on Washington’s Snake River to share life together and earn money through a state program that pays anglers to catch an aggressive species of fish.
Authors Dori Baker, first row, second from right, and Tobin Belzer, top row, far right, with the young adults trained as "holy listeners" who interviewed their peers as part of an initiative to attract young adults to church. Photo courtesy of Dori Baker
Sharing stories -- and listening deeply to one another -- is at the heart of a new research initiative that seeks to help churches launch ministries to attract young adults.
Gold Star widow Claudia Perez creates and serves free meals for military families at the monthly Work Day and Fun Day events at Rick's Place near Fort Bragg. It's one of the many ways the organization gives military families a break from the stresses of reintegration. Photos courtesy of Rick's Place.
The stresses of combat and frequent deployments take a toll on military families. A special park near a base in North Carolina -- supported by churches -- offers a new model to ease the transition from war to peacetime life.
Allen Woods, left, works with budding entrepreneurs involved in the MORTAR program in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Photos courtesy of MORTAR
Too often, neighborhood revitalization leaves behind the people who already live in urban neighborhoods. A new model in Cincinnati seeks to train and support locals so they can benefit from the economic boom.
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity teaches a way of thinking that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition.
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