April 28, 2020
Illustration by Jessamyn Rubio / Photos: WikimediaCommons / CDC Twelve Christian leaders share their thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic might affect the financial health and sustainability of American churches. The COVID-19 pandemic will surely have a long-term impact on the financial life of congregations, regardless of their denomination, size or makeup. How can churches […]read moreabout Will the church financially survive the COVID-19 pandemic?
April 14, 2020
iStock / Goir A guide to clothing repair offers a useful discernment process for leaders trying to figure out how to repair a broken church, says a Christian leader who practices textile mending. As leaders, how do we decide what to fix and what to toss? Or put another way, what to mend and what […]read moreabout How is repairing the church like mending a garment?
April 14, 2020
Grand View University students talking about their faith in the campus library. Photo courtesy of Grand View University Faced with dwindling student interest in campus ministry, a pastor rebuilt by creating a “virtuous cycle” of opportunities that feed one another. I moved from Southern California to Iowa in the middle of January to work as […]read moreabout How to turn a vicious cycle in ministry into a virtuous one
January 21, 2020
iStock / filo Yes, many people think evaluation is a chore. But done right, it can be an astonishingly effective tool in building excellent ministry, writes the director of a Youth in Theology and Ministry program. I love evaluation. Yes, that’s right. I love evaluation. I realize that many people in theological circles would equate […]read moreabout Why I love program evaluation