Author

Ned Barnett

Journalist

Ned Barnett is the editorial page editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, with previous experience as a freelance writer, wire service correspondent and newspaper editor and reporter. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Fairfield University. He lives in Raleigh.

The unlikely reformer

Staccato Powell has overseen stunning growth in his AME Zion church in downtown Raleigh, which he sees as part of a “new church” that stresses Christian fervor over denominational identity. But his goal, he says, is to revitalize the traditional church, not to reject it.

About that name...

Staccato Powell, a national leader in the AME Zion church, got his unusual name from a television series. The meaning of the word -- a burst of short, separate notes -- also fits his speaking style.

New pastors, small churches

A PC(USA) program matches new seminary graduates with small churches. For some pastors it means moving from Seattle or Los Angeles to the Dakotas. For the congregations, it means welcoming a leader -- often for the first time in years.

Plugged in . . . to the future

In the heart of tobacco country, a United Methodist church is helping create a new economic future by providing adult computer training. Some members weren’t sure, but most agreed: It’s exactly what the church should be doing.

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