Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.
Managing tensions inherent in church life can lead to stronger leadership teams.
Every minister must navigate the polarity between ministry within the congregation and in the surrounding community.
In a sex-saturated society, do churches that consider conversations about human sexuality taboo run the risk of appearing irrelevant?
Attracting the 18- to 35-year-old generation back to church requires more than contemporary worship and a Facebook page.
Considering budgets, national averages, church size, education and the gender gap, it’s no wonder churches struggle getting it right when it comes to pastor compensation.
A recent graduating class revealed the depth of the issue. Of 57 graduates, 21 had no debt, six owed less than $20,000, another six between $20,000 and $50,000, eight between $50,000 and $90,000 and 11 more than $100,000 — all acquired while at the seminary.
Just as back-up singers provide the real structure and strength of a song, the church can be that source of support for individual Christians.
Who knows? Maybe the upcoming reality series on snake-handling preachers will inspire a bevy of church-related viewing fare.