There are more parallels between beekeeping and parish ministry than you’d think, argues Libby Davis Manning, who directs the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. What can you learn from her insights?
Compared to older people, younger adults carry significant debt, much of it from student loans, and some of it due to economic factors beyond their control. Some churches are helping their members understand and do something about the debt gap. (Photo (c) Supe87, Fotolia.com)
Don’t let the size of your congregation dictate how leaders are equipped to mission. Instead, take a cue from Sandy Plains United Methodist Church in rural North Carolina where they keep “every member in mind” for leadership in church and mission. (Image: Janet Ramsden, Creative Commons)
Leadership is necessary only if an organization needs to go somewhere and is accountable to a mission more important than its own survival, writes Will Willimon, theologian, author and retired Methodist bishop. A leader helps an organization face the pain that must accompany change and growth. From Faith & Leadership.
It’s a dilemma that many congregations face: Church funds have seeded a childcare program, outreach or other ministry, but now its outgrown the congregation’s support. Maybe it’s time to spin it off as its own nonprofit, says this article from Faith & Leadership. (Photo: Photo: Niuton may, Creative Commons)
What are the implications of being a disciple of Christ on our personal finance? Well, for starters, how we earn and use our money needs to align with our values. A Boston ministry is helping its members to see how their money, time and special abilities can be put to Godly purposes. From Faith & […]
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 survive and even thrive in a post-pandemic landscape? Faith & Leadership asked 12 leaders to weigh in. (Photo: Joshua Smith, Creative Commons)
When a congregation decides to close its doors, it doesn’t have to fade away. A United Methodist plan helps closing congregations enrich the continuing ministry of God by leaving a gift. The Church Legacy program is offering a graceful and a grace-full way for congregations to end their life. From Faith & Leadership. (Photo: Winston […]
Bivocational ministry is increasingly the norm, and while it is a challenge, it also presents an opportunity to understand God’s work in us in new and exciting ways,” writes Jessica Young Brown, assistant professor of counseling and practical theology at Virginia Union University. “As we adjust to this new way of doing ministry, it’s helpful […]
Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA, practices “irrational generosity” each year through an annual fast and give program to benefit ministries outside the congregation. This year’s fast made a difference in the lives of several students at Howard University, whose student debt was cancelled. This article from Faith & Leadership includes questions for use […]