The Gallatin hotel as an economic engine for ministry
A real estate developer who has transformed Nashville churches into boutique hotels has created the Rooms for Rooms program, which donates a portion of hotel profits to organizations working with people experiencing homelessness.
Falling in love again — with a congregation
Now could be the time to rediscover why we chose a faith community in the first place and to consider what’s next, writes the director of the Thriving Congregations Coordination Program at Duke Divinity.
Strengthening churches by encouraging complaints
Faith-based organizations are well-served when people know their concerns are welcome, writes an attorney in the nuclear power industry.
How can congregations help Black clergywomen flourish?
Intentional self-care, a church’s ethos of care and congregational openness to new approaches are notable factors that contribute to the thriving of Black clergywomen, a researcher has found.
Parenting in the midst of protests and a pandemic is a difficult opportunity
Parenting right now is chaos, but there is a lot of opportunity to teach our children to love God, says a worship leader.
The gifts of the small church in a pandemic
In times of sickness and anxiety, the deep relationships in a small-membership church can be a powerfully sustaining force, writes a leader in cultivating thriving rural communities.
Connecting time and money
Congregational priorities help focus how church staff spend their time, influencing a substantial part of the budget, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
How I learned to love Vacation Bible School in middle age
A writer’s rediscovery of Sunday school and VBS in his 50s helps fuel a joyful renewal and deepening of the faith of his youth.
Creating community in nature
For one pastor, feeding the spiritually hungry means meeting them where they are.
Excerpt: 'Planning Sabbaticals: A Guide for Congregations and Their Pastors'
In this excerpt from his recent book, author Robert C. Saler writes about pastoral sabbaticals as a time of reinvigoration and reflection for both church leaders and their congregations. Saler directs the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs and the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary.