Declining memberships and closing churches have led some congregations to react with fear, which in turn is a turnoff for potential members, a Christian leader says.

Published in Congregations

What would “stick” and what would fade away?

Published in Columns

Addressing church decline is about confronting a shifting reality.

Published in Columns
Thursday, 22 October 2015 06:05

Staffing for survival

The opportunity we must seize immediately is to add to our attractional life the element of a missional imperative.

Published in Columns

Karen refugees from Burma who are seriously struggling financially in Nebraska and who qualify for loans can receive up to $1,500 at no interest.

Published in Organizations

Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City uses its “Beer and Bible” gatherings as a small-group meeting and as a way to show others that not all Baptists are angry and judgmental, Pastor Susan Sparks says.

Published in Congregations

After nearly 10 years of ministry among children and youth in the economically-deprived Arkansas Delta, leaders at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., dreamed of expanding their vision for the region. It turned out that meant bringing some of the youth to minister in Richmond.

Published in Congregations
Monday, 07 September 2015 06:05

What’s necessary vs. extravagant giving

Remembering volunteers after Katrina who gave the very best they had.

Published in Columns

Writer and church coach says the term ‘post-everything’ sums up the variety of challenges facing the church today, from post-modernity to post-Christianity to post-denominationalism.

Published in Culture

Baptist leaders say the historic, western style of short-term mission trips were more about self-fulfiment rather than transforming the lives of impoverished people. They are calling for more thoughtful, missional approaches where the goal is to participate in God’s transformative action around the world.

Published in Ministry
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