A mentor told me that good preaching was like a good BBQ. You’ve got to take your time on the prep work. This summer I’ve been brought back to that image as I’ve worked my way through A Little Handbook for Preachers.
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Emmaus City Church in Worcester, MA is seeking candidates for a Worship-in-Song and Prayer Intern Residency.
Emmaus City Church in Worcester, MA is seeking candidates for a 12-month Pastoral Intern Residency.
This may come as a surprise to some, but a denomination is not a church. The denomination needs to embrace and affirm its true identity and sole purpose: to support the ministry of local congregations.
Chronic pain makes it difficult for her to sit, stand, and walk. It challenges her ability to concentrate and limits her ability to serve others. It has disrupted her marriage, social life, and work. So why is her life marked with joy?
I am working as our interim Youth Minister and just need to hear what I already know to be true. Bad nights happen to everyone...right? Any idea how to teach students who encourage disrespect?
Spending some time dwelling with these listening resources, as well as with Berger’s book, should pay rich dividends. As leaders, we do need to learn to ask more questions, tell less, and listen well.
As we send off our students, it's a great time to talk about what makes a good church and about the importance of being part of a worshipping community, even if it will be temporary.
Idea Park Christian Reformed Church (Wyoming, MI) is looking for a part-time Music and Worship Leader.
One thing these books have in common is that they're being read by students. Have you read any of them? If so, what would you recommend? Are there any I missed?
So, why all of this emphasis on collaborative learning? And, why should those of us who have been let down by “group” work try it now? Here are 6 compelling reasons for churches to consider peer learning groups.
In a couple weeks our church celebrates six years of existence. During this time we've experienced the high's and low's of planting a new ministry. To celebrate, here are some lessons learned along the way.
Even if the political talking points are shifting, the path of discipleship has not changed for CRC members. Cchurches on both sides of the border continue to reach out in welcome and support to refugee families.
Chances are that unless you’re part of the worship team, you really don’t have much say in the songs that get sung each week at your church. What fresh ways could churches get input on song selection?
During the Rio Olympics, a disappointing report was unveiled, detailing years of USA Gymnastics ignoring allegations of sexual abuse of gymnasts by coaches. The report is a stark reminder that fighting for justice is never an easy task.
Most pastors will acknowledge that the relationship between their congregations and their denominations is tethered by but a thread. One wonders if there's a future for denominations, and if so, what's the way forward?
Back to School Litanies includes 3 great resources: an encouraging Back-to-School Liturgy for children, a positive Back-to-School Liturgy for Youth, and an understanding Back-to-School Liturgy for Educators.
You’re pleased the Carters have joined your congregation, and you want things to go well for Matthew, who has autism, but you’re feeling intimidated because you don’t know how to make things work for him.
I felt sorry for these people who believed that they had to live and die this way. They seemed to have traded the "living for God" for living and dying to uphold their interpretation of the law of God.
Nearly 1 in 4 pastors have struggled with mental illness. This Guide for a Clergy Leave of Absence for Mental Health Reasons provides guidelines and suggestions for pastors and for church councils.