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Making Worship Accessible for All

Persons with disabilities have diverse needs. However, there is a lot that any congregation can do to make worship considerably more accessible. This article by Kathleen M. Black on the... read more >

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Children-Friendly Worship Service

This two-part guide explores the benefits and means to create truly intergenerational worship services. Offering a list of principles for consideration, guidelines for child participation, ideas on how to prepare... read more >

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“Cruciform Excellence” in the 21st Century Church

The world changed dramatically in recent decades and, as such, what is expected of clergy and church life also changed. Unfortunately, churches and most clergy have been slow adapters. In... read more >

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Provocative Findings on Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century

Surprisingly, only 40 percent of pastors in conservative denominations but 33 percent of pastors in mainline and liberal denominations, identify themselves as evangelical. Two-thirds of clergy preach to a congregation... read more >

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First and Second Career Clergy Comparison

Overall, 56 percent of senior or solo pastors are second career clergy. In the Catholic and mainline Protestant denominations most clergy are first career, while in conservative Protestant and historically... read more >

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How Clergy Spend Their Time

Half of clergy work from 42 to 63 hours a week, and a quarter of them work more than 60 hours, while the balance work less than 35 hours per... read more >

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Watership Down Models Transformative Leadership

In this essay, Gretchen Ziegenhals uses the book Watership Down, and its protagonist Hazel, to discuss the characteristics of transformative leadership. Describing the ways ordinary “rabbits” become transformative leaders, Ziegenhals... read more >

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God’s Place in the Pursuit of Excellence

While any of us might tolerate mediocrity in our own behaviors and work, when we are the intended beneficiaries, we want to experience excellence. But defining excellence – especially pastoral... read more >

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Rural Church Trapped in Holy Saturday Theology

Holy Saturday, the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, is “suspended between loss and hope, death and resurrection, mourning and new life.” It is also where many rural churches... read more >

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On Washing Hands and Prayer

When a hospital in Pittsburgh sought to reduce hospital-based infections, the medical staff told stories of missing hand gel dispensers, the absence of soap, etc. The hospital restructured to resolve... read more >

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Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

Relationship Across Rupture

On Being with Sally Kohn & Erick Erickson, “Relationship Across Rupture”Two lightning-rod figures on...

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has received a $1 million grant

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has received a $1 million grant to help establish the CBF Thriving in Ministry...

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