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Sabbatical Offers Pastor Flight from Fear, Pathway to a New Song

Andrea Leininger, of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recognized that fear is the great enemy of faith until appreciated as an invitation from God to move beyond the distraction of fearing rejection, failure, change or death.

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What Must a Pastor Know?: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Arthur Boers, assistant professor of pastoral theology and coordinator of the Spiritual Formation Program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, surveys key insights that have emerged from a rapidly expanding literature on the nature and patterns of congregational life in the United States.

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Worship Planning: Sharing Scripture Through Bible Stories

In 2014, the Center for Congregations, an Indiana-based resource that helps Indiana congregations address their challenges and opportunities, offered Indiana congregations an opportunity to attend a workshop on how to... read more >

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Finding Light In The Darkness Across Faith Traditions

According to Rabbi Burt Viosotzky, professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at Jewish Theological Seminary, "it's the job of any human being created in God's image to add light to... read more >

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Creating Effective, Life-Changing Sermons

We live in a time in which a “lack of belief in absolutes,” causes preachers to be hesitant to proclaim and honor Scripture, according to Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr.,... read more >

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How Different Churches View Women Clergy

During the summer of 2014, the Anglican Church announced it will begin to call women as bishops, while the American version of Anglicanism, the Episcopal Church, celebrated its 40th anniversary... read more >

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Sing the Catechism: The Power of Music for Faith Formation

The notion of using music to teach Scripture may seem difficult to pastors and worship leaders, especially those who lead small congregations. However Boyne City, Michigan, pastor Elizabeth Broschart says... read more >

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Perspectives on Preaching: the African-American Tradition

In the African-American preaching tradition, the purpose of preaching is to help people experience the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within that rubric exist a range of... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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