Posts Categorized: Church Development

Unglued church

Walking the walk Staying faithful in the face of challenges By Mark Roth Recently, I’ve had the chance to meet with the leaders of several congregations. I have brought with me one simple question: What most excites you or challenges you about your church? The answers have been amazing: diverse, honest and optimistic amid the fears…. Read more »

Reflections from GA 222

Yes and… Telling a grace-first story at General Assembly By Sue Washburn As our denomination works its way through the new language for the Directory for Worship, I’m breathing a sigh of relief. As a pastor, I seek to follow the example of a grace-first God. This means I say yes to a lot of things… Read more »

The unglued church

  WWPS: What would Paul say? Breaking our clay jars to discover the treasure By Susan Rothenberg  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us…So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature… Read more »

One Church, Many Voices

We are living our love of Christ out loud. Our faith may be personal, but it’s not private. How we live it and wield it publicly matters.

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TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds When to leave a churchSpiritual health, church decisions, and asking the right questions by Jeffrey A. Schooley I love Chipotle. I love everything about it. When the CDC cleared it of any E. Coli outbreaks recently, I was overjoyed—excessively overjoyed. I mean, it almost made my pastoral… Read more »

Souls of White Folks

A white man’s frank and repentant exploration of how racism finds a home in white folks’ souls. Change context, and you change peopleWhat I learned about the socially constructed nature of racism in the United States by going to Ethiopia by Jeffrey A. Schooley From December 30 to January 13, I had the opportunity to… Read more »

Small Matters

Stories of mustard seeds and mountains How the gospel showed up in a hospital roomWhat 80 years of church will do to a person by Sue Washburn I probably should not have had that third shot of espresso. My mind was going a million miles an hour. I paced as I made phone calls to… Read more »

Uncharted Territory

Stumbling our way into God’s future for the church Permission to innovateMaking the most of low-attendance Sundays    by Lisa M. López Year after year they come, as inevitably as the high holidays, though with remarkably less fuss. If you have been serving a particular congregation for a while you may be able to see… Read more »

Church in the Middle

Adventures of a mid council leader striving to network, enable, and encourage Trade in your church consultant for an archaeologistAmid changes, congregations and their mid councils should be digging to discover, not uproot.  by Amaury Tañón-Santos It’s been little more than a year since I was called to serve the church in mid-council ministry. And… Read more »


Relevant truth telling with a queer twist An equal measure of graceIt’s hard to be vulnerable when you “represent” a whole sexual identity, race, or gender. by Layton E. Williams Last winter, I had an unexpected conversation with a new friend. We had known each other only casually through our common Presbyterian circles, but she… Read more »