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Ministers Without Master’s Degrees a Growing Trend

Until 1997, the PC(USA) had always mandated post-baccalaureate education for clergy, but the denomination found itself having to adapt to changing conditions. So, in 1997 church leaders created the “commissioned... read more >


Strategies to Improve Hispanic/Latino Church Leadership

Today, 17 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic and more than 2 million Hispanic/Latino students are enrolled in U.S. colleges. To serve the religious needs of the Hispanic population,... read more >


How to Foster Human and Spiritual Formation in Distance Learning

Schools of theology are concerned with the human and spiritual formation of their seminarians as a necessary preparation of clergy who can “assist the laity in naming their experiences of... read more >


How to Avoid New Clergy Burnout

New clergy usually start out with a passion for preaching and leading congregations. Over time, unfortunately, the passion too often subsides and the “want to” becomes a “have to,” according... read more >


The Life-Changing Power of Forgiveness

In 2008, Canadian freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout went to Somalia, where a band of teenagers kidnapped her and her group and demanded $3 million in ransom. During her 462-day captivity,... read more >


A Joyful Calling: Mentoring Young Adults for the Ministry

Recognizing that no one is called to ministry without first being called by God, Peter A. Luckey, of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kansas, proposes practical means by which congregations... read more >


Brick by Brick, Sunday by Sunday: Creating God, Creating Still

Talitha Arnold, of the United Church of Santa Fe, New Mexico, considers the lessons that the church might well learn from Renaissance artists who persistently embraced creativity as a calling akin to that of the Creator, despite the risk of failure and the inevitable imperfection of the works of human hands.


Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project: A Revitalized Approach Meets Youth Needs

In an era when most programs and products geared for young people are loud or fast or both, an approach to meeting the needs of youth that is quiet and deliberately contemplative may seem counterintuitive.


Helping Young People Examine the Relationship Between Faith and Vocation

Since the beginning of the Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) in 2000, Lilly Endowment has awarded a number of North American church-related colleges and universities with grants to implement programs.





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...


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The Idea of Tradition in the Late Modern World: An Ecumenical and Interreligious Conversation. A Confer

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