The Legacy of Women in the Black Church
I stand on the shoulders of the strong black women who have gone before me.

I am a pulpit preacher. I do not come down to the floor in an effort to connect better with the congregation. I do not wander around the sanctuary with anxious energy meandering through my sermon, like a child in a corn maze. No, I stand firmly in my pulpit. Because when ...


Don’t Take “No” for an Answer
When God calls, he'll help you find a way to fulfill that calling.
Don’t Take “No” for an Answer

Editor's Note: February is Black History Month, and that's important for all of us. Together we celebrate, especially in February, the amazing contributions African Americans have made to our society. Julia A.J. Foote is a perfect example. She was a trailblazer for ...


Lent for Leaders
In our effort to help others observe the season, we can fail to consider what we need.
Lent for Leaders

Many leaders have mixed feelings about Lent. Perhaps you’ve noticed that some of your congregants use Lent as a way to gain God’s favor rather than repenting of sin and consecrating themselves to God. Such misguided theology can make Lent a burden rather than ...


On the Road to Racial Reconciliation
Valuing reconciliation is not the same as actively engaging in it.
On the Road to Racial Reconciliation
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I used to belong to a church that no longer exists. We were founded on a vision of being a multicultural worshiping congregation that was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do innovative outreach in the community. For me it was a dream come true. However, after I had been a ...


Women, Calling, and Guilt
Is seminary a waste of time?
Women, Calling, and Guilt

For the first year and a half that Marcy* was in seminary, she struggled with guilt. Marcy was a full-time student at an evangelical seminary, but she was also a staff person at a para-church ministry. She worried her financial supporters wouldn’t understand, and she ...


Four Steps to Form a Personal Support Group
As you minister to others, don't neglect your own need for challenge and encouragement.
Four Steps to Form a Personal Support Group

When my husband and I planted a church, our entire focus was on what we could do for others. We wanted to win people to Christ, disciple them, and send them out to do the same. We became single-minded, and we worked harder than I ever thought possible.

This was all good, ...


Young Mom Turned Evangelist
Aimee Semple McPherson encourages us to be creative, compassionate, and courageous.
Young Mom Turned Evangelist

On a street corner in Ontario in 1915, a young woman jumped onto a chair, raised her arms to heaven, closed her eyes, and stood motionless for a time. The crowd around her grew, along with taunts, questions, and jeers. After a while, a man reached up to touch her arm, seeing ...

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