Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler is senior pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Trendy? Maybe, but the church needs more of it

After overcoming initial reluctance, the experience of offering ashes on a busy Washington street revealed the deep needs of passersby.

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Where’s that bishop on my speed dial?

Congregational polity requires us to have a little more skin in the game, to put more of ourselves into the nurture of healthy communities. That can hurt.

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Considering seminary? Get ready for the unexpected.

There are things I wasn’t taught in seminary. But there was plenty I did learn — some of them unexpected.

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Sometimes spiritual discipline requires a 'thumbs up'

Following Jesus is hard. An encouraging word may be what keeps us at it.

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Finding a place to ask the tough questions

The church must find a way to welcome and love and honor individuals honestly grappling with questions we can never fully answer anyway.

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Ghosts of Christmas past

It’s a beautiful irony of human experience that we work so hard to keep things static, and all the while they are always constantly changing.

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Not afraid of miracles

Miracles happen, because God is with us through everything.

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Embracing conflict

Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.

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Don’t suck

If you’re answering a call to professional ministry, please don’t suck. This work is too important for anything less than excellent.

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Unwrapping the church

Questions about identity and calling in a congregation are rarely answered with the application of prepackaged strategies.

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