I once was asked to address a classroom filled with 4–6 year old children and try to explain to them what a pastor is and does. I accepted, not because I felt I could do this well (far from it), but the challenge of it intrigued me.
At the risk of gross over-simplification, there are three primary ways of looking at reality, at least among those of us who reside in the West. Each is deeply important to grasp.
The UMC is divided today over a number of issues, many of which go to the heart of our faith. We have Wesleyan brothers and sisters seeking to be faithful to the gospel in an increasingly difficult situation.
I remember the many places where Francis Schaeffer wrote that we must proclaim what we believe “with tears” as we interact with non-believers around us.
This controlling posture in the church can easily be camouflaged as faithfulness and zeal to labor hard in the work of the ministry. However, it eventually leads to two common results: burn out and family neglect.
A long tradition at ChurchandCulture.org is the summer reading post – meaning the once-a-year list of ten books that might be worth your while to peruse during some (hopefully) extra reading time over your summer.
Here are three important lessons on mentorship for both younger and older pastors.
I have a heart for leaders. Especially church leaders. I’d love to help others learn from my mistakes. In fact, that’s a huge motivation for this blog. With that in mind, here are 7 simple leadership tips.
Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, has been consistently coming out with interesting and relevant perspectives on the Christian faith, the general culture and the interaction between the two. I enjoyed sitting down with him in Nashville recently for an interview on his popular internet-based show.
One of the challenges in any sphere of life, particularly ministry, is staying creative. And it’s an important challenge.
Worry will hinder our faith, cloud our focus, and rob us of our ability to see clearly the good works of the Lord.
What do pastoral internships look like at our church? Here's what's expected.
Apologizing is hard, especially in the outrage culture of social media. It becomes easy to see life as a political campaign in which the goal is to vaporize one’s opponents and to be seen as “right.” In a culture like that, apologizing seems like losing.
The knee-jerk “change or die” reactions seem to have dominated the how-should-we-do-church conversation. Stetzer’s analysis offers a seasoned, nuanced, and biblical response to the shifting currents in American culture.
As this question has forced its way on the scene as a result of our growing technological advances—so have strong opinions on this matter. Here is a basic template for every pastor to consider in determining the kind of means we should use as we seek to minister God’s word to God’s people.
The drive to be genuine has become the willingness to describe church life, cultural events, and even personal experiences as unvarnished as possible. However, it has also become the opportunity to “air one’s dirty laundry” for the whole world.
Three out of ten families with children today [in the United States] are headed by a single parent. That makes this group one of the largest population segments in the nation.
In a recent interview surrounding my new book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated (Baker), I made the statement that the most important sub-ministry of any church is its children’s ministry. Period.
While claiming to order their lives according to fact , not faith...what the agnostic doesn't realize, however, or willfully ignores, is that he is just as much a person of faith as those he tries to distance himself from. It begins with what he really knows...