April 28, 2020
Don’t let the ingrained belief that only churches with full-time pastors can thrive keep you from making the switch to part-time clergy, writes an author who has researched the effects of part-time ministry.read moreabout Do you need full-time clergy to be a vital congregation?
March 31, 2020
Photo courtesy of Donielle Cyprian A holy season marked by pandemic can still bear witness to hope, peace and faith. Was it only Feb. 26 when this Lent began? Was it really only a bit more than a month ago that I invited the faithful to the observance of a holy Lent, marked them with […]read moreabout Our rituals will change this year
February 18, 2020
Detail from the cover of “Planning Sabbaticals: A Guide for Congregations and Their Pastors.” In this excerpt from his recent book, author Robert C. Saler writes about pastoral sabbaticals as a time of reinvigoration and reflection for both church leaders and their congregations. Saler directs the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs and the Center for […]read moreabout Excerpt: ‘Planning Sabbaticals: A Guide for Congregations and Their Pastors’
August 20, 2019
By Chris Karnadi, Assistant Editor, Faith & Leadership The Rev. Audra Abt started a Spanish-language Mass and a health access ministry, meeting neighbors’ needs and rejuvenating a small church in Greensboro, North Carolina. In an apartment in Greensboro, North Carolina, fresh fuchsia crepe myrtle flowers brightened the front left corner of a table serving […]read moreabout A multilingual priest connects her congregation and its community through language and listening