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.
Morals Clause in Catholic Schools Roils Bay Area
The changes in the staff handbook, which say that teachers at Catholic high schools cannot challenge church teachings, including against homosexuality, have caused a backlash. (The New York Times)
Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation
The signers themselves do not offer a detailed plan of action to counter gay marriage, which is now legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia, and pending in several others. Reno said the statement was not intended as a road map for political or judicial action, but more as a rallying cry to Christians and “to disabuse folks of the notion that we can just keep on keeping on as we have been.”
How a Bible-Belt Evangelical Church Embraced Gay Rights | TakePart
Wigden is excited about the new church policy. He feels bad that other congregants are leaving the church over the decision after investing “their blood sweat and tears” in the congregation. But he’s also scared about the potential influx of more politically vocal LGBT congregants. “The last thing you want is for a church to do something like this and then other gay people come in being very militant about stuff and demanding things,” he says
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.