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Seriously Silly

April 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Back in the 1990s, Phil Vischer achieved success with the creation of CG Protestant produce. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber were the stars VeggieTales, the kids video series that smashed sales records and taught a whole generation that...

Ur Video: Skye Jethani on the Mass Exit From Church

March 27, 2012 12:00 AM

In January, Skye spoke at the Lumen conference at Mariners Church in California about the exodus of young people from our churches. Rather than focusing on the sociological data, he used his time to talk about how the way we...

Christianism Leads to Atheism

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

As I get around the country there is one question I hear from pastors more than any other: How do we reach young people? They don’t need research from Barna, Lifeway, Pew, and Gallup to tell them young people are...

Should Churches Hire Family Members?

March 20, 2012 12:00 AM

The post mortem on the Crystal Cathedral continues. The iconic southern California megachurch pastored by Robert H. Schuller once represented the innovative and market-savvy dexterity of American Christianity. Schuller started his church at a drive-in movie theater, allowing visitors to...

A Southern Baptist by Any Other Name...

March 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Last month the Southern Baptist Convention decided to change its name, sort of. They have proposed using the informal designation of "Great Commission Baptists." It will serve as a kind of nickname for those congregations who deem "Southern Baptists" unhelpful...

Hello, Rob Bell

February 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Last year Rob Bell made waves with his book Love Wins which he describes as "a book about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who has ever lived." The waves became a tsunami when John Piper tweeted "Farewell,...

Farewell Rob Bell

December 28, 2011 12:00 AM

This week marks the end of Rob Bell's leadership of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bell is moving on to new callings in California including creating a television show. A few weeks ago he said his goodbyes...

Is Video Preaching on the Decline?

December 21, 2011 12:00 AM

'Tis the season for presents, and parties, and pageants, and...predictions. At the end of every year we often speculate about what the future will bring. What trends will gain momentum, and which have 'jumped the shark.' Sam Rainer, president of...

Did Youth Ministry Create the Emerging Church? (Pt. 2)

December 7, 2011 12:00 AM

What I find most interesting about Tony Jones’ thesis is the way it can explain far more than just the Emerging Church Movement. I think contemporary youth ministry may also help us understand the rise of the megachurch movement in...

Did Youth Ministry Create the Emerging Church?

December 1, 2011 12:00 AM

Did the modern youth ministry movement create the Emerging Church? That’s the question Tony Jones addresses in a recent blog post. While presenting a paper at an academic conference, Jones fielded questions from professors of youth ministry primarily from evangelical...

Skye Jethani: The Megachurch Bubble (Part 2)

November 22, 2011 12:00 AM

Read part 1 Finally, the chart shows that 85% of megachurch attenders are white. And I’m guessing that stat is probably equally true about megachurch leaders as congregations and leadership usually reflect one another. (Sorta the way owners resemble their...

Ur Video: Francis Chan's Warning to Young Pastors

November 18, 2011 12:00 AM

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Skye Jethani: The Megachurch Bubble (Part 1)

November 14, 2011 12:00 AM

Megachurches are predominantly white, suburban, conservative congregations led by baby-boomer pastors. This is what an infographic about floating around the web lately has revealed. It's based on research compiled by Forbes, The Christian Post, and Leadership Network. For the most...

Blessed Redundancy

June 29, 2011 12:00 AM

I like airplanes, and given the amount I travel that is a good thing. Seeing these incredible machines--aluminum and composite monuments of human ingenuity--makes the atrocities of most American airports almost bearable. (My genetically tanned, ambiguously ethnic appearance must scream...

Ur Video: The Succession Dilemma

June 27, 2011 12:00 AM

Tim Keller and John Piper both lead very large churches. But what happens when they eventually leave their posts? It's a question that is facing many megachurches given that most were started by Baby Boomer leaders who are now entering...

McKnight: Why Don't We Care About Global Missions

June 9, 2011 12:00 AM

If you are an Urbanite then you know that last October church leaders gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Third Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelization. It was the largest, most diverse gathering of Christian leaders in history. Our...

The Post-American Church (Part Dos)

June 1, 2011 12:00 AM

Read Part One of Skye Jethani's article, "The Post-American Church." OBSERVATION TWO: The American Church still has a vital role to play as the global church rises. In 2008, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wrote the best-selling book The Post-American World from...

Book Review: "Clouds of Witnesses"

May 25, 2011 12:00 AM

I’m seated at the front of a university lecture hall with representatives of five other religious traditions. Listening intently to the brief descriptions of our faiths are seventy undergraduate and graduate students, many hailing from other countries. Two weeks later...

The Post-American Church (Part Uno)

May 24, 2011 12:00 AM

A week ago I returned from a trip to Spain where I was speaking with a team of missionaries working in different regions of the country. Yes, I was suffering for the Lord on a Mediterranean beach. Apart from the...

The Red Bull Gospel

May 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Over the past year I've conducted dozens of interviews with 20-somethings who have walked away from their Christian faith. Among the most surprising findings was this: nearly all of these "leavers" reported having positive experiences in youth group. I recall...

Skye Jethani: The Perpetuity Problem

March 29, 2011 12:00 AM

How do you define success? It goes without saying that those committed to Jesus Christ and his purposes in the world ought to define success differently than other people. After all, Jesus himself refused his culture’s narrow view of success;...

Matt Chandler: How Cancer Has Changed Me

February 17, 2011 12:00 AM

The upcoming March/April issue of Catalyst Leadership features an interview with Matt Chandler. Just over a year ago he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Through surgery and ongoing radiation and chemo treatments, Chandler has maintained his leadership role at The...

Eleven Trends for 2011

January 24, 2011 12:00 AM

Will Mancini, church “clarity evangelist” and author of Church Unique, is committed to helping churches find their vision for ministry. His work gives him an interesting view of the ministry landscape. Below are his predictions about new and enduring trends...

Ur Video: Children's Ministry TODAY

November 3, 2010 12:00 AM

We cover a lot of topics on Out of Ur, but one area we have neglected is children. Let's be honest, children's ministry isn't the sexiest topic and it doesn't tend to draw the big names to the big conferences....

Book Review: The Next Christians

October 22, 2010 12:00 AM

If you have not yet encountered Gabe Lyons, let me encourage you to do so because he is a person worth your time. As co-founder of Catalyst, founder of Q (a learning community dedicated to mobilizing Christians for the common...

The Future of the Global Church

May 27, 2010 12:00 AM

On June 10, Leadership's managing editor Skye Jethani will be moderating a conversation at Saddleback Church on the future of the global church. The gathering is part of the 12 Cities | 12 Conversations tour in advance of the 3rd...

Small Churches are the Next Big Thing

May 26, 2010 12:00 AM

In a conversation last week about the virtues of small churches, a pastor friend of mine, Chuck Warnock, quoted a passage from John Zogby’s 2008 book The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream...

Holy Holograms!

March 3, 2010 12:00 AM

Clark, a media technology company that supplies churches, is pioneering holographic technology that can create a life-size, three dimensional projection of a preacher on a platform. Blogger Tony Morgan was given a preview at Clark’s offices near Atlanta. He writes,...

A Movement or a Fad?

February 2, 2010 12:00 AM

The difference between a fad and a movement is that a movement produces long term enduring change. A fad, on the other hand, feeds off something that already exists: a cultural awareness, a disenchantment, or even a novel idea and...

What's Changing, What's Not

January 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Dave Travis, managing director of Leadership Network, offers his state of the church in America, based on recent research and his own observations looking through the "keyhole" of large churches. Things That Are Changing 1. Multi-site churches. According to the...

Quiz: Determine Your Ministry Age

October 15, 2009 12:00 AM

In recent years we have entered into lengthy discussions about how worship, spiritual formation, and evangelism are transitioning in the church. However, the most crucial area of transition, leadership, has received minimal attention. For more than 35 years, I have...

Spiritual Formation and Counter-Formation

October 7, 2009 2:27 PM

Darren Whitehead, teaching pastor and leader of Next Gen Ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, teamed with his fellow Aussie Jon Tyson, lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church in New York City, to discuss spiritual...

Rocking the White Citadel

September 4, 2009 12:00 AM

My life and worldview will never be the same after living seven years in Uganda. My wife and children, our mission team members, and I all made friends with and learned from people who were struggling out of poverty but...

The X Factor

August 24, 2009 12:00 AM

This article is from the Summer 2009 issue of Leadership Journal. You can read the entire article at Leadership's website. When the willows sway in South Barrington, the evangelical world notices. So Willow Creek Community Church provoked headlines in 2006...

Gospel Coalition or Expedition?

June 30, 2009 8:36 AM

The Gospel Coalition (TGC) has been galvanizing many younger evangelicals to re-think their theology and practice. I applaud this new theological energy. But I wonder (given its moniker) whether TGC will be a force for coalition or expedition. "Coalition" describes...

John Ortberg: Snapshots of Religious Life

April 27, 2009 12:00 AM

by John Ortberg Snapshot: The recently released American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) indicates that faith is going down across the board. The number of people who identify themselves as Christian has decreased by 11 percent in a generation. The single...

Mark Galli Weighs in on Evangelical Demise

March 12, 2009 8:00 AM

Senior managing editor of our sister publication, Christianity Today, posted a response to iMonk's prophecies about the end of evangelicalism on the CT website Wednesday afternoon. Here's the first bit. You can read the rest there. The Internet is abuzz...

Goodbye, Evangelicalism

March 10, 2009 12:11 PM

In the last 24 hours, USA Today and The Christian Science Monitor have both released less than cheery articles on the future of faith in America. "The percentage of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more...

The Hansen Report: Suburban Church Slump?

March 6, 2009 10:23 AM

What if your city never recovers from the current economic crisis? What if your entire region enters an irreversible long-term decline? Richard Florida dares to declare the downturn's winners and losers in his March cover story for The Atlantic. In...

The Next BIG Things

January 1, 2009 12:00 AM

I've been giving a lot of thought to the state of the church as we enter a new year. In these uncertain times we naturally look to reliable and wise voices to guide us through the fog. And who is...

Bill Hybels Responds to REVEAL

June 6, 2008 10:02 AM

In a video released on June 5, Bill Hybels discusses the "unfortunate" reporting that has revolved around Willow Creek's REVEAL survey. The video refers to a recent Christianity Today article and Out of Ur posts as examples of "misinformation." You...

From Useful Idiots to Political Misfits

May 14, 2008 12:00 AM

What is an "evangelical"? According to almost 80 prominent pastors, theologians, and activists, the word "evangelical" has become "a term that, in recent years, has often been used politically, culturally, socially - and even as a marketing demographic." The group...

Out of Context: Dave Terpstra

May 8, 2008 12:00 AM

"I think our generation is approaching ministry more as an art than a science. Since the Enlightenment, 'doing church' has been seen as a science, and it was seen as linear, organized, with clearcut leadership principles. Our generation doesn't see...

Don't Change Your Church!

September 14, 2007 12:00 AM

In part one of our interview with Dan Kimball he talked about the intersection of the emerging church with missional theology. Simply changing the church's worship style isn't enough, he says. Becoming truly missional requires "an ecclesiological change." In part...

5 Crucial Questions on the State of Leadership

September 4, 2007 12:00 AM

Few books in my library have offered more quotable material than Jean Vanier's Community and Growth (Paulist Press, 1989). Here's a nugget: "In order to be able to assume the responsibility for other people's growth, leaders must themselves have grown...

Muscular Christianity or Fluid Theology?

April 10, 2007 12:00 AM

Barry Taylor is back with another excerpt from An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Baker, 2007), edited by Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones. As our culture abandons any sense of certainty, how should Christians respond? Taylor invites us to consider a...

Forecasting the Future

February 2, 2007 12:00 AM

I have just finished reading James Martin's The Meaning of the 21st Century. And - in my opinion anyway - every person who seeks to influence others to the Christian way ought to be conversant with this book. Don't expect...

Out of Context: John Burke

October 25, 2006 12:00 AM

"I think we've focused some good attention on racism in the last 20 years, but I'm starting to wonder if 'ageism' is the next divide we will have to address." -John Burke is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Austin,...

Really Old School: What 1st Century Judaism Says About the Public/Private/Home School Dilemma

March 14, 2006 12:00 AM

Some congregations experience doctrinal divides. Others wage worship wars. But an increasing number are experiencing schooling squalls. Public school, private school, or home school - how should followers of Christ educate their children? And what does the answer reveal about...

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