My synod’s efforts to help pastors with their finances
Meeting personal money challenges can’t be the responsibility of ministers alone.
A radically new vision of mainline church leadership
Helping people think differently in changing times
5 times a day, the WeCroak app reminds me that I’m going to die
I liked this, until I didn’t.
Eugene Peterson, author of The Message and pastor to pastors, dies at age 85
“I’ve loved being a pastor, almost every minute of it,” Peterson once told the Century.
by Christian Century staff and Religion News Service staff
Why our church's centennial was worth celebrating
“The history of a church,” one member wrote in an old scrapbook I found, is “an unfolding pageant of life.”
People with gravitas
It's not exactly a spiritual gift.
Why my church stopped decking the halls
A new family skipped a lot of our holiday activities—and got me thinking.
by Ryan Ahlgrim
Wilderness: Essays by readers
We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: “wilderness.”
Pastors have the power to convene conversations
When it comes to addressing local problems, proclamation isn't enough.
Do you actually want to be our pastor?
A story about a search committee and a candidate
by Winn Collier
A former parishioner shows me the gospel
His life had emerged from chaos, but he didn't have a bad word for anyone.
by Samuel Wells
Mystery and ministry in Grantchester and beyond
Detectives, like pastors, examine the unknowable to reveal the knowable.
A liberal congregation burns hot under Trump
We were already active in our community. Now we're on overdrive.
Another “Ask the Pastor” session with the confirmation class
Why are there only 12 disciples? Will we be with our families in heaven? Does God think pineapple should go on pizza?
Practical wisdom from the business world
Heather Bradley and Miriam Bamberger Grogan offer a hard-working playbook for addressing ministerial overload.
Can retiring pastors mentor their own successors?
Now that 60 is the new 50, creative models are emerging for ministry transitions.
Mistake: Essays by readers
In response to our request for essays on the topic mistake, we received many compelling reflections. Here is a selection.
Pastor in the middle: Dont avoid conflict, avoid triangles
It's up to pastors to remind each other to talk to people instead of about them.
by Doug Bixby
What a congregation knows: The deep wisdom behind odd practices
Local ways are rarely senseless or stupid. It's just that a new pastor likely doesn't yet understand them as the locals do.
Guns in the pulpit
In Texas, even pastors are carrying.