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Is Your Church A Family? 5 Ways To Help It Be A Healthy One
A healthy family doesn’t put up walls to keep newcomers out. They welcome new members with open arms and big parties.
In fact, that's when families throw their biggest parties – to welcome newcomers into the family with weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other parties.
Set 2015 Clergy Housing Allowances Now
Plus four other trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Guide. 2. Views on church, state, and marriage. “About half of Americans are ready for separation of church and state when it comes to weddings. Six
Who Is Your Greatest Pastoral Influence?
Nine pastors respond.
on high every week. "You have to visit them. Be in their homes. Attend their soccer matches and weddings and concerts.". Once when my ministry was
The Church and the Huddled Masses
Throughout US history, the church has had a complicated relationship with the "homeless, tempest-tost" looking for a better life.
language. Ho and Bic stayed in touch with George and Ann over the years, exchanging Christmas cards and inviting one another to children's weddings.
Blessings and Burdens for Women Leaders
How can churches limit obstacles and increase opportunities for their women in leadership?
My friends compare notes about how soon after our weddings we were asked when we'd have our first child. (For the record, I was asked at my wedding reception.
Feasting and Fellowship in the Age of Food Allergies
Eating can be a source of fellowship—but in a fallen and allergy-ridden world, it can also present challenges.
daughters. When we gather to celebrate milestones—graduations, weddings, homecomings, baby showers—we mark the occasion by sharing meals together.
The Church that Drinks Together
In our town, refusing to drink alcohol may be a bigger stumbling block than serving it.
in the fellowship hall. Without this concession, no one would book the facility for weddings—and we need weddings to help pay the bills. But those of
Unprecedented, All Over Again.
3 of today's crises the church has faced before.
The nation-wide legalization of gay marriage combined with lawsuits against Christian bakers and photographers who refuse to serve same-sex weddings have shown the cultural tide
Ministry Lessons from My Father
He passed away early in my life but remains the biggest influence on my ministry.
about his preaching. They tell me about visits, baptisms, funerals, weddings, and countless ways he lovingly shepherded his congregation. He faced
A Surprising and Productive Friendship
Kevin Palau and Sam Adams discuss setting aside differences to help churches serve their cities.
tolerant in a way that doesn't fight with a scorch earth policy and say, “Unless every one of these churches are fully open and affirming and will perform gay or lesbian weddings, they're
The World Next Door
When the church embraces its refugee neighbors, blessings flow both ways.
We have attended weddings and birthdays and grieving ceremonies; our friends have also been a part of these same momentous occasions in our life.
Same-Sex Marriage: New Challenges, New Opportunities
4 Christian leaders reflect on how the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage could affect churches.
We will continue to love all people, but we do not perform weddings of same-sex couples in any country, and while people may have rights in the country that we will respect, we will not
Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Big Adventure
How evangelicalism’s “royal wedding” shows us the glory and struggle of marriage and ministry.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss' Big Adventure. How evangelicalism's “royal wedding” shows us the glory and struggle of marriage and ministry. Hannah Anderson.
The Secret of Strategic Neglect
Bill Hybels on the keys to simpler and more effective leadership.
They do more weddings. More funerals. When you're in a small church, people are offended if you don't show up, if you don't do all the weddings and all the funerals.
What to Say at an Awkward Funeral?
A case study in leadership discernment: How to eulogize one whose spiritual condition is doubtful at best.
anything. I've got nothing good to say.". Orla added: "The only time Mom went to church was for weddings and funerals. She had no use for religion. I
Reaching Churchless America
Examining the unchurched
(We define unchurched as anyone who hasn't been to a church in the last six months, excluding weddings and funerals.) It's important to remember that while this segment has grown, it