April 6, 2021
iStock / Alessandro Biascioli As we resume in-person ways, churches are uniquely equipped to welcome people back, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. “When we return, we will all be newcomers.” It was just a casual observation, but as soon as she said it, the nods of affirmation and recognition in […]read moreabout Greeting our return when the old is gone and the new is here
April 1, 2021
The cemetery at Siloam Hope First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where Wanda Lundy is pastor. Photo by Alexis Llewellyn The last year has been a reminder that death is part of the process that moves us toward new life, writes an assistant professor, mentoring program leader and pastor. Being in relationship with other […]read moreabout From Good Friday to Easter Sunday
March 29, 2021
iStock / Lubo Ivanko The move to doing church online isn’t just a necessity during the pandemic. It prepares religious institutions to become more flexible in meeting future challenges long-term, says a scholar who researches digital religion. From the outset, the pandemic has forced religious groups and leaders to re-imagine their traditional practices and […]read moreabout What can the church learn from the pandemic about engaging with technology?
July 7, 2020
iStock / PictRider What if we imagined pastoral transitions as a relay race, in which each leader passes the baton to the next? asks a Baptist pastor. On a cold winter day, I was talking on the phone with a colleague about the church where I serve as pastor. I was feeling frustrated. I told […]read moreabout There’s a better way to manage pastoral transitions