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Inspiration for churches at Lent

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which promotes the study of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in Christian faith communities, has prepared several resources to support the worshipful... read more >

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Bible stories losing relevance; what can pastors do about it?

When Luther Seminary professor David Lose assigned his students to interview two persons from their home congregations and ask them what Bible stories provide them with comfort or courage when... read more >

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Welcoming people with disabilities to your church

Educator and writer Barbara J. Newman specializes in identifying and sharing methods of including children with disabilities in social settings. In 2013, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, a nonprofit organization... read more >

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Use Your Hymnal as a Pastoral Care Resource

Every meeting between a pastor and a congregant to offer spiritual comfort, encouragement or support is pastoral care at its most basic and central. However, pastoral care also encompasses all... read more >

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Enter Deeply into the Christmas Tradition and Season

The infancy narratives of Jesus are structured narratives that result from his disciples reflecting on Jesus' life, death, and resurrection for 40 or 50 years, and contain all of the... read more >

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Making the Earth Part of Your Church's Mission

When the Coral Gables, Florida, United Church of Christ (UCC) youth group visited Virginia to talk with local people affected by the coal strip mining practice, and saw the toxic... read more >

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Congregations take care of God's Green Earth

When churches embrace creation care as a spiritual discipline, entire congregations start to see how their particular church is equipped to promote healthy ecological practices that benefit the entire planet.... read more >

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Psalms Encourage Family Faith Formation

When all ages interact together with the Psalms, they develop a common language for life together with God. The power of the Psalms is that they can provide language children... read more >

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Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters "The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the...

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that...

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It...

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