Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Spring City, Tennessee
Carol Howard Merritt is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Spring, City, Tennessee. She has served Presbyterian (USA) churches in Louisiana, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. Her committee and board work with the church includes serving as Moderator of the Special General Assembly Committee on the Nature of the Church in the 21st Century. She is the author of the book "Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation," “Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting with a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church” and is a regular contributer to Christian Century.
Stale categories undermine leadership.
How should leaders respond to criticism in the Internet age?
How can we focus our institutions’ resources to invest in the young?
To become more diverse, younger, sustainable and innovative, denominations need to nurture the creative communities that spring up within the larger church.
What role does financial independence play in defining a church?
How can we nurture innovative cultures in our congregations and denominational structures?
Church is one of the last places in our society where generations come together. It can be the place that models financial cooperation, compassion and creativity across all age groups.
It’s probably good that most churches aren’t wrapped up in the latest fads. But there are cultural shifts congregations and church leaders need to track and respond to sensibly.
How can we strengthen the relationship of pastors and churches with seminaries?
How can we create new ministries that serve the poor and reach the young, and still feed our families?
Both the mainline and evangelical worlds have shifted.
One advocacy organization that works on behalf of its homeless friends finds itself too busy not to tweet.
A free toolkit from the “Shifting Ground” initiative, “Let’s Talk About Resources” uses case studies, games and reflective discussion questions to facilitate creative conversations about how congregations can use their resources in service to their local community.
It can be used online or in person. These resources were co-created by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the innovative design team at RootedGood.