“It is more blessed to give than to receive,” Jesus is quoted as saying in Acts 20:35, but why is that? There is tremendous power in the act of giving. Peter Marty explores this issue in The Christian Century. (Photo: Irish, Creative Commons)
Ministry is hard under any circumstances, but the current emergency is ramping up stress, big time. These 10 guidelines for pastoral care, published in Christian Century this month, offer sound advice to vocational church workers. Pay particular attention to #10. Please take care of you, too! (Photo: © Christy Thompson – Fotolia.com)
Pastor and author Carol Howard Merritt believes the first rule of stewardship planning is to have fun. “Stewardship should be a time of great celebration, where we can tell the story about the church and have a party,” Merritt says. Read on for ideas on putting the fun in fund-raising. (Photo: Rona Proudfoot, Creative Commons. Thanks!)
A new paper draws an intriguing conclusion to a question scholars have wrestled with for several decades: Why are Americans dropping out of church? One reason? They’re logging on to the Internet, Religion News Service reports. What are the implications for your congregation?