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UMC Edges Toward Historic Split Over LGBTQ Inclusion. This Church Showed...

United Methodists' debate over sexuality did not begin with the ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ ordination the denomination’s global decision-making body reaffirmed at its 2019 special session. It started in 1972.

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Introduction. Explanation. Application. – A More Effective Way to Write Sermons

A Guide to Effective Preaching – Introduction. Explanation. Application.

If you're wondering how to have more effective preaching, consider the sermon writing process that I use and teach: “Introduction. Explanation. Application.”

5 Ways to Motivate Staff

To motivate staff and volunteer leaders in the church or in any organization begs the question: How can we do it better? David Rock, author and speaker, offers fresh insight from neuroscience about how we can best motivate others.
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What to Wear to Church on Sunday: Does It Really Matter?

What should Christians wear to Sunday service, particularly in the morning, which is traditionally more formal? Is this question even worth talking about? I'd like to offer a few thoughts on this topic here.
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The Role of a Pastor: 16 Things People Never See

What is the role of a pastor when he's not preaching? The pastor wears many hats. Some of them of which you may not even be aware.

Podcasts

Doug Logan

Doug Logan: Why True Racial Reconciliation Has to Start With Jesus

“I like to frame up the conversation about racial reconciliation with just reconciliation," says Dr. Doug Logan, Jr., "because that's what we've been given.”
Dennae Pierre

Dennae Pierre: This One Thing Is Essential to Effective Racial Healing

“You can't just move to the intimate act of reconciliation in the midst of a severe fight," says Dennae Pierre. "We have to have ways to help remind each other to be still. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’"
Raymond Chang

Raymond Chang: Global Christian Persecution Can Help You Understand Racism in America

“I grieve whenever I hear that Christians are persecuted around the world," says Raymond Chang. "The same thing happens along racial lines. That same sort of collective pain transfers over to the people within your pews and in your congregations.”
Race and the Church

Race and the Church Podcast Series: Listen. Be Informed. Lead.

In our podcast series, "Race and the Church," we take on a difficult, complex topic and explore how the church can lead the way in pursuing true racial reconciliation and solidarity.
John-Onwuchekwa

John Onwuchekwa: Why ‘Racial Solidarity’ Is a Better Term Than ‘Racial Reconciliation’

“I think in the racial conversation, we do need to shift the conversation just from reconciliation to solidarity," says John Onwuchekwa, "and I think that’s what you see in Acts 6. You don't get unity by talking about unity.”
Christine Caine

Best of ChurchLeaders: Christine Caine on How God Is Preparing You for Something He’s...

"We are nowhere near as ready for the things that we think we're ready for," says Christine Caine. "So God has to prepare us for the thing he has already prepared for us.”
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Best of ChurchLeaders: Tim Mackie and Jon Collins on Why It’s Hard to Understand...

BibleProject's Tim Mackie and Jon Collins say it's not surprising if people find the Bible hard to understand. "Most people," says Tim, "aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is."

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12 Things A Church Pastor Cannot Do

There are 12 things a church pastor cannot do. Pastors are amazing people and, in faith, they can do a lot...just not these things.