Opinion | Church
Jan Peterson: My Life as a Pastor’s Wife
Eugene and I spent years serving others. Our giving often multiplied itself in unexpected ways.
Eugene and I spent years serving others. Our giving often multiplied itself in unexpected ways.
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
Women in China’s House Church Movement Face a Hidden Challenge
Chinese pastors’ wives struggle with something more personal than political oppression.
Reporting. Women in China's House Church Movement Face a Hidden Challenge. Chinese pastors' wives struggle with something more personal than political oppression.
Female Pastors Bring Hope to War-Torn Middle East Churches
Syria and Lebanon celebrate the historic ordination of a pair of faithful clergy.
Reporting. Female Pastors Bring Hope to War-Torn Middle East Churches. Syria and Lebanon celebrate the historic ordination of a pair of faithful clergy.
Women Speak Up in #SilenceIsNotSpiritual Campaign
Leaders from Lynne Hybels to Jen Hatmaker want evangelical churches to take a more proactive position on behalf of victims.
statement reads. “We call our pastors, our elders, and our parishioners who have been silent to speak up and stand up for all who experience abuse. There
Study: Female Pastors Are on the Rise
And so are our impossible expectations for them.
Reporting. Study: Female Pastors Are on the Rise. And so are our impossible expectations for them. One trend the Barna Group noted is the slow and steady rise of female pastors.
A New Guild Aims to Equip Women and Amplify Orthodoxy
An interview with Pelican Project members Karen Swallow Prior, Kristie Anyabwile, and Tish Harrison Warren.
Our conversation pointed to a need for more unity around the essentials of the faith. And then I kept hearing from more pastors and leaders expressing similar concerns.
Prison Was My First Pulpit
Linda Barkman was incarcerated after the man she lived with murdered her toddler. But she turned hardship into ministry.
Linda Barkman was incarcerated after the man she lived with murdered her toddler. But she turned hardship into ministry.
Opinion | Sexuality
What I Learned from Same-Sex Abuse Inside the Church
My church mishandled my case. Yours doesn’t have to.
I was raised Baptist. On two occasions, my church hired pastors that had inappropriate ministerial relations and/or committed marital infidelity in their previous churches.
The Pay Gap Is Worse for Pastor-Moms
How being married with kids complicates church compensation.
Even in the church, where marriage and families are celebrated— and, in many traditions, expected—female pastors are paid disproportionally smaller salaries if they're married with
Opinion | Discipleship
Six Ways Men Can Support Women's Discipleship
Male clergy and laity who want to enable women's ministry often don't know how to get involved or what to do.
After speaking with close to half a dozen pastors and even more women's ministry leaders, I offer the following invitations to male clergy and laity: 1. Read
Opinion | Discipleship
Why ‘Passing on the Faith’ Fails Our Kids
Young adults often leave the church after high school. The problem lies close to home.
I hear it everywhere. During worship gatherings, pastors pray for young people to be secure in the faith passed to them. Church leaders hire consultants
Opinion | Church
The Case for an Early Christmas
Christian history gives us reason to see Advent and Christmas as coexistent, not separate.
Divinity school faculty often press pastors-in-training to hold off on Christmas celebrations until the eve of the big day, relying on a handful of Advent songs to get through the bulk of
How BSF Saved Sandi Patty
In her new book, “The Voice,” the award-winning singer reflects on Bible Study Fellowship’s role in her faith formation.
My husband and I belong to a church in Oklahoma City. My husband's been on staff as one of the pastors for the last eight years, and I've served as artist-in-residence for the last year.
Opinion | Discipleship
What the Kavanaugh Saga Says About Our View of Sin
Our political loyalties often prevent us from thinking biblically about the human condition.
sex trafficking, what frightens me most is that the clientele bankrolling the industry are, in large degree, “otherwise ordinary men.” They're our doctors, coworkers, pastors, and spouses.
Opinion | Family
How Mothers (and Others) Minister in Disrupted Spaces
Christ's kingdom work involved detours. Can we follow his model?
All of us—mothers, fathers, pastors, teachers, and everyone else—are part of God's ministry of interrupted plans, his kingdom of “on-the-way.” We see this in Scripture.
Opinion | Sexuality
Pastors, Power, and PrettinessSubscriber access only
When good compliments go bad.
Opinion | Sexuality. Pastors, Power, and Prettiness. When good compliments go bad. Moreover, it sets a dangerous example for other men and other pastors to follow.
Opinion | Church
How Southern Baptist Leaders Aided My Escape from Abuse
Christian men helped me end a violent marriage. Their voices matter now more than ever.
spouses' sinful behavior. As we look to the future, pastors and other church leaders have the opportunity to be instruments of light or darkness. Today and
Rethinking Apologetics for the Black Church
“Black people in the inner city need apologetics, but black people in the suburbs do, too,” says apologist Lisa Fields.
offers lectures and seminars, training courses, podcast discussions, and a conversation forum called Courageous Conversations, which pairs black scholars and pastors trained in both
Opinion | Church
Junk for Jesus
Scripture invites us to give our firstfruits, not our fourthfruits.
I am one of the pastors of a small rural congregation in Michigan. Jennifer Holmes Curran, along with her husband, co-pastors New Hope Community Church in Shelby, Michigan.
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