Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core
Jefferson County Public Schools has begun offering Common Core training to interested Vacation Bible School providers, enlisting the religious groups to help combat the "summer slide." (The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.)
When One of Us Falls
5 pastors share how they react when a high-profile Christian leader has a moral failing. (Leadership Journal)
WORLD | Two cultures, one church
When Price first started thinking about making the two churches one, he looked around for models he could follow. He couldn’t find any.
Motherlode - Adventures in Parenting SEARCH Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions - The New York Times
But without something external putting spirituality in front of us weekly, I worry that my intention of sharing my spirituality with my children may go unfulfilled. Opportunities for spiritual connection can so easily go away. And just like parents cannot home-school their child on subjects like math, science and grammar without actually teaching math, science and grammar, I’m not sure a parent can raise a child to be spiritual without actually teaching them how to do so. It takes more than just good intentions; it takes an intentional effort to be spiritual and then letting our children bear witness to our own spirituality.
How a Megachurch Melts Down - The Atlantic
Churches who belong to established denominations have established institutional methods for excising troubled leaders, and for surviving once they are gone. “Nondenominational” organizations like Mars Hill, built on faith and charisma alone, will always be vulnerable to the fate of losing the popularity contest.
In Ecuador, indigenous Christians not sold on pope visit
Like a growing number of indigenous people in Latin America, Negrete has turned his back on the Roman Catholic faith that was violently forced upon their ancestors by Spanish conquistadors. In his case, the 46-year-old Quechua became an Evangelical pastor.
How U.S.-style megachurches are taking over the world, in 5 maps and charts - The Washington Post
Abroad, megachurches are often constructed in the centers of cities, where they are accessed by foot, subway, bus or cab. In the United States, community members usually access the churches by car. To provide the necessary parking lots, U.S. megachurches are often in suburban areas....Whereas the average U.S. megachurch member has a middle or upper class background, this is less true abroad.
CHURCHES GO FORTH, MULTIPLY
Churches typically invest about $250,000 in a new site, Tomberlin said. A location is the biggest cost, and nontraditional sites are often selected. Members who live in the target area are encouraged to leave the familiar to be pioneers at the new site for the sake of a greater good: finding additional souls for the kingdom.
Conservative Anabaptists from across North America gathered for the first time at a ministry conference a month ago in a meeting seen by some as an indication of growing unity. (MWR)
UMC launches new ecumenical, interfaith office
On any given Sunday, more Christians are attending worship services in China than in the United States or Europe. That is one indicator of the challenges presented by a changing world of ecumenism as the United Methodist Church reorganizes how it addresses issues of Christian unity and relationships with other faiths. (UM Reporter)
When pulpit and pew disagree
What can Christian leaders do when the official teachings of mainline Protestant churches and the political ideologies of the laity diverge? (Elesha Coffman, Faith and Leadership)
How Clergy In Ferguson Succeeded Where The Police Failed
To some extent, the police and the clergy at the protests have an overlapping mission: to keep the gathering peaceful. For clergy, that has meant speaking with protesters who become agitated until they calm down. It has meant acting as intermediaries between the crowds and police. At times, it has meant doing crowd control and helping keep people within designated areas.