5 Creative Alternatives to Trunk-or-Treat
Don’t be scared of Halloween. Seize the (holi) day!
1. Mad Doctor Medical Festival. For this event, the church partners with local shelters, hospitals, doctors, nurses, or dentists to host a fall-themed, free medical clinic.
Is Your Church Healthy for People with Mental Illness?
3 ways your congregation can embrace those with mental disorders.
1. Healthy churches know what to look for. The Good Samaritan did not jump to any conclusions. He saw the injured man where he was and ministered to him where he was.
Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity
One-third of American pastors are bivocational.
One-third of American pastors are bivocational. Already, more than one-third of all American pastors are bivocational, and this number will probably grow.
Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels
Megachurch becomes biggest in America to appoint a female lead pastor.
Willow Creek Chooses Co-Ed Pastors to Succeed Bill Hybels. Hybels announced on Saturday that the pair will succeed him as lead pastors when he steps down in October 2018.
Atheists Again Get Pastors’ Best Benefit Ruled Unconstitutional
Freedom From Religion Foundation wins first round of rematch over $800 million clergy housing allowance.
Gleanings. Atheists Again Get Pastors' Best Benefit Ruled Unconstitutional. The merit of the housing allowance is debated by pastors because of its potential for abuse.
5 Big Ideas for Generous Churches
Want your people to give with joy? Here’s what it’s going to take.
Your mission in preaching about generosity remains the same as always: make plain God's Word to God's people. But leave the brimstone at home.
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
probably fail to recover. I also know of former pastors who thought that after a period of time they should return to the ministry. They wrapped up their
1 in 3 Protestant Churchgoers Personally Affected by Suicide
Survey also finds one-third of victims were attending church before their death, but few pastors knew of their struggle.
Survey also finds one-third of victims were attending church before their death, but few pastors knew of their struggle. Research.
Eliminate Christian Jargon from Your Church
Let’s throw out the insider language.
The hazards of church jargon. God's grace is available to any and all who desire it. According to Jesus, the kingdom is like a banquet catered to outsiders who don't think they belong.
20 Truths from "God's Country"
Reclaiming God’s kingdom vision for the rural church
presence. We need our brightest, most promising young people, including pastors, to commit to being present in our most out-of-the-way places. (64).
How We’re Encouraging Chicago Church Planters This Fall
Join us this month at Progressive Baptist Church in downtown Chicago.
For pastors and church leaders, fall is when ministry kicks into high gear. This is especially true for church planters. Why? Because church planters have
6 Dos and Don’ts for Welcoming Church Guests
Visitor connection should be organic, not contrived.
2. Don't ask guests to draw attention to themselves. Asking guests to remain seated while everyone else stands provides a strange point of view for those seated—to put it mildly.
3 Disaster Myths That Only Compound the Devastation
The biggest threat facing churches isn’t a disaster event—it’s how we think about disasters.
Too many pastors and congregations have bought into ideas about disasters that just aren't true. After it passed, I asked the pastors what was on the train.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
destigmatize counseling. As I become a regular face around churches, staff and pastors work to overturn misperceptions about the need for counseling. They
Survey: Being a Pastor’s Wife Is Good for Faith, Bad for Friendship
Though expectations have shifted, spouses still feel the weight of church drama.
Today's generation of pastors' wives fill a different role than the dressed-up, casserole-toting caricature that came before them, but they still feel the pressures of being married to ministry