All posts from “Pastor's role”

Driscoll Drops Acts 29 & Gospel Coalition

March 30, 2012 2:02 PM

On Wednesday Mark Driscoll announced his resignation from the presidency of the Acts 29 church planting network. The same day leaders from The Gospel Coalition said they received a letter from Driscoll announcing his resignation from the group's leadership council....

Ed Dobson on Finding Purpose Outside the Church

February 23, 2012 12:00 AM

For the last two weeks we've been talking about the temptations and maladies created by our the celebrity culture within the church. Pastors are measured by the magnitude of their platform rather than the maturity of their faith. Ed Dobson...

Part 2: The Evangelical Industrial Complex & the Rise of Celebrity Pastors

February 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Read Part 1. This market-driven cycle of megachurches, conferences, and publishers results in an echo chamber where the same voices, espousing the same values, create an atmosphere where ministry success becomes equated with audience aggregation. (Thankfully there are outliers like...

The Evangelical Industrial Complex & the Rise of Celebrity Pastors (Pt. 1)

February 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Last week Bob Hyatt wrote about the temptations created by the celebrity pastor culture we live in and the harm it causes to our souls. He's not the only one talking about the issue. Both Relevant Magazine and the Together...

The Dangerous Pursuit of Pastoral Fame

February 13, 2012 12:00 AM

As my chiropractor was working me over yesterday, she was asking about the reading I’m doing for a degree I’m working on. After I rattled off the titles and subjects of a number of leadership books, she said, “Wow, what...

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,...

Unexpected Grace

February 6, 2012 12:00 AM

Some of the most important moments of faith do not come from the places we expect. They may not come from behind a pulpit or an altar, in corporate worship, or during a retreat. Those of us leading congregations are...

Celebrity Pastors, Bloggers, and Questions of Authority

February 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Shoot the Wolves from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo. Above is a video from last year’s Elephant Room. The clip highlights a panel of popular pastors discussing the behavior of perceived “wolves” in the church and in Christian media. During...

Jim Cymbala at the Jacksonville Pastors Conference

January 28, 2012 8:00 PM

I just watched the Pentecostal preacher Jim Cymbala give an altar call and about 400 Baptist pastors came forward for prayer. Here's what happened. Cymbala told a moving story about his young grandson, an adopted child from Ethiopia named Levi....

Does the Church Need More 'Chaplains' or 'Leaders'?

December 5, 2011 12:00 AM

Our colleague at Christianity Today, Mark Galli, has written an article that has challenged prevailing assumptions about the role of pastors. He responds to the popular belief that healthy and effective pastors should be innovative leaders with dynamic personalities. In...

Would You Attend a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony? (Revisited)

October 19, 2011 12:00 AM

Last week I wrote a brief report about Al Mohler's dissatisfaction with Joel Osteen's answers during his CNN interview with Piers Morgan. Osteen said that while he would not officiate a same-sex marriage ceremony, he was open to attending one...

Would You Attend a Same-Sex Marriage Ceremony?

October 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Al Mohler is mopping the floor with Joel Osteen's perfectly quaffed hair. Last week Osteen and his wife were interviewed by CNN's Piers Morgan to promote his new book Every Day A Friday, How To Be Happier 7 Days a...

Catalyst 2011 Final Message with Andy Stanley

October 7, 2011 5:52 PM

Andy Stanley’s final message at Catalyst stressed one big idea: the vitality of Christian leadership depends on apprenticeship. Stanley defines apprenticeship as the process of “selecting, modeling, and coaching for the purpose of replacing yourself.” As Stanley said in an...

Catalyst 2011 Andy Stanley: Be Present

October 6, 2011 11:47 AM

BE PRESENT. That’s the theme for Catalyst 2011. I love the theme. I’ve spent most of my life learning how to show up—I mean really show up—and be present to God, my own heart, and of course people—church people, lost...

Should Pastors Marry Cohabitating Couples?

September 28, 2011 12:00 AM

A new poll conducted by LifeWay Research reports that 58 percent of Protestant pastors would perform a marriage ceremony for a cohabitating couple; 31 percent would not, and 10 percent were undecided. There was some variation between mainline and evangelical...

Out of Context: Eugene Peterson

September 8, 2011 12:00 AM

"If people don't know their pastor, it's easy to put the pastor on a pedestal and depersonalize him or her. It's also easy for pastors, who don't know their congregations, simply to classify congregants as saved or unsaved, involved or...

Has Mission Become Our Idol? (Cont.)

July 20, 2011 12:00 AM

You may be thinking, “But we are called to do things for God. And what’s the alternative--continuing to allow the people in our churches to be self-consumed Christians seeking only their own comfort?” That is a very fair concern. And...

Has Mission Become Our Idol?

July 18, 2011 12:00 AM

“There is a first-rate commitment to a second-rate mission.” That is what Roger, a leader in global church planting, said as he looked at the rock climbers ascending a cliff in the Alps. Many of us called into ministry feel...

Authority or Influence

July 15, 2011 12:00 AM

As a pastor, I have authority in my community. But authority is not really what I want. What I really want is influence. Authority is the ability to get people to do what I think they should do. Influence, however,...

Pastoral Authority: Earned, Taken, or Granted?

July 11, 2011 12:00 AM

Pastor. In the eight years since this label first applied to me, it has been fascinating to notice who uses it and who doesn’t. The church that first entrusted the title to me was suburban, predominately white, and largely middle-aged....

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...

The Heart of Authority: Relationships

June 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Anthony, the junior high youth pastor who serves alongside me at River Valley Church, is an ace car mechanic. He’s my authority on all things pertaining to my 2001 Honda Civic. He can diagnose and fix my problem. He’s good,...

All Ministry Is Local

May 18, 2011 12:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke at a gathering for small church pastors and lay leaders in rural eastern Michigan (locals call it “the thumb”). Eleven or so churches were represented; about 45 folks showed up, all members of...

The Pastor's Speech

May 5, 2011 12:00 AM

By now you are aware that The King's Speech has won the Academy Award for best picture. The film chronicles the King of England's stuttering problem and how he overcomes it. The movie hit home for Dan Wallis, assistant pastor...

Our Journey toward Women in Leadership (Part 2)

March 23, 2011 12:00 AM

I described in a previous post how our church community shifted from a complementarian view of women in ministry to…well…something different. Of course we had to deal with 1 Timothy 2:11–12, which seems to bar women from leadership in the...

Should Worship Leaders Talk or Just Sing?

March 18, 2011 12:00 AM

Friend of Ur, Carlos Whittaker (@loswhit), has sparked a helpful conversation on his blog Raggamuffin Soul. Should worship leaders talk between songs, contribute to the teaching within the gathering, and tell stories to draw the congregation toward God? Or, should...

Our Journey toward Women in Leadership (Part 1)

March 9, 2011 12:00 AM

I was raised and educated in church communities and traditions that held a complementarian view of women in ministry. So when I helped plant Evergreen, our community here in Portland, I did so with complementarian values. My original vision for...

Ur Video: Exorcisms on the Rise?

March 8, 2011 12:00 AM

The new film The Rite is based on the experience of real life exorcist Father Gary Thomas, a Roman Catholic Priest. In this CNN report, a journalist sits down with Thomas to talk about the facts and fiction of exorcism....

Conflict: When to Take Charge, and When to Take Cover

March 7, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of our free digital magazine is now available. The March/April Catalyst Leadership focuses on "Conflict: When to to take charge, and when to take cover." You'll hear from Ken Sande from Peacemakers about how to prepare your...

Ur Video: Women in Ministry (Part 3)

February 24, 2011 12:00 AM

N.T. Wright is one of the more popular theologians today. When his views about the atonement are not stirring debate, then perhaps his understanding of the role of women in ministry will. In this video, Wright outlines the prominent role...

Ur Video: Women in Ministry (Part 2)

February 23, 2011 12:00 AM

The church is a family, and God has designated men to be the head of the family. That is the argument put forth by Bill Kynes in this Gospel Coalition video defending a complementarian understanding of the sexes. Does it...

Ur Video: Women in Ministry (Part 1)

February 21, 2011 12:00 AM

10 percent of Protestant senior pastors are women. That number has doubled in the last decade. But the issue is still debated and divisive. What role should women have in church leadership? Are certain responsibilities given to only men in...

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...

Are We Afraid of Single Pastors? (Part 2)

February 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Read part 1 of "Are We Afraid of Single Pastors?" Prejudice is like a cockroach: it is able to get into the smallest of places, and it never seems to die. What’s worse is that everyone carries the cockroach of...

Are We Afraid of Single Pastors?

January 31, 2011 12:00 AM

Is being a Protestant single pastor like being a married Catholic priest? Is it an oxymoron? I never would have thought so until the economic crisis hit, and I had to find a new pastoral position. For the first time...

Is "Leadership" Biblical? (The Rebuttal)

January 18, 2011 12:00 AM

One of my favorite guys and discussion partners in the world, David Fitch, wrote a post giving five reasons he believes the idea of "leadership" as it is currently used is unbiblical. I don't think it was Dave's intention to disown...

Is "Leadership" Biblical?

January 12, 2011 12:00 AM

There’s been much ranting and raving on the inadequacies of leadership in the church, but I must admit I recoil whenever I hear people say “leadership is Biblical” for a lot of reasons. When I say “leadership” I am talking...

On Holy Ground at St. Arbucks

January 5, 2011 12:00 AM

**UPDATE...This just in...Starbucks unveils a new logo to coincide with its 40th anniversary. Check it out. -Url** Like many pastors I know, I have a love/hate relationship with Starbucks. For seven years now, as I have labored to plant, grow,...

Catalyst: The Tension Is Good

October 6, 2010 10:14 PM

Tomorrow is the first day of Catalyst, and today Nate Johnson and I from Leadership went to Atlanta for the pre-day of “labs,” Catalyst’s term for their workshops. This year’s theme: “The Tension Is Good.” Several of the labs I...

Ur Video: Skye Jethani from "The Nines"

September 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Yesterday Leadership Network hosted their very popular online conference "The Nines." 6 minute videos ran all day featuring church leaders discussing "game changing" insights. Skye Jethani, senior editor of Leadership Journal and Out of Ur, used his 6 minutes to...

The Dangerous Pursuit of "Cool" (Part 2)

September 9, 2010 12:00 AM

Read part 1 of Brett McCracken's post. Perhaps pastors and church leaders should focus their energies more on understanding and valuing culture for itself instead of always trying to use it to bolster their church's insider credibility, suggests James Harleman,...

I Need to Cover My Mouth when I Preach

August 20, 2010 12:00 AM

I love and hate the book of Job. I love it because it poses challenging pastoral questions—like being tested by God or God’s tolerance for the devil—but I hate it because it challenges my understanding of what it means to...

Pastors are Fatter, Sicker, & more Depressed

August 6, 2010 12:00 AM

The New York Times is reporting on new research that shows pastors appear to be struggling with health issues--both physical and psychological--more than other Americans. The article reports: "Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at...

Ted Haggard: Back in the Saddle

June 2, 2010 12:00 AM

Back on May 18, Religion News Service reported that Ted Haggard filed business documentation with Colorado’s secretary of state to incorporate a nonprofit called “St. James Church.” The address listed on the documents was the same as Ted and Gayle...

The Pastor as Docent

April 21, 2010 12:00 AM

A friend told me that Eugene Peterson’s Under the Unpredictable Plant should be required reading for every pastor who has served for at least five years. That was how long it had been since my ordination. I picked up a...

The Hansen Report: Valuing Visitation

January 11, 2010 12:00 AM

In the hierarchy of church problems, most pastors wouldn’t mind figuring out how to handle a congregation that has grown so rapidly that they can no longer get to know everyone personally. The multisite church boom has met this...

Ur Video: Stanley Hauerwas on Leadership

January 6, 2010 12:00 AM

...

More from Chuck Swindoll...

October 9, 2009 11:33 AM

1) Whatever you do, do more with others and less alone 2) Whenever you do it, emphasize quality not quantity. 3) Wherever you go, do it the same as if you were among those who know you best. 4) Whoever...

Chuck Swindoll's 10 Lifetime Leadership Lessons

October 9, 2009 11:08 AM

Chuck Swindoll was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at Catalyst 09, and spoke on "10 Things I Have Learned During Nearly 50 Years in Leadership":...

Dave Ramsey's Momentum Theorum

October 9, 2009 9:18 AM

The irrepressible financial guru Dave Ramsey burst on the Catalyst stage talking about “momentum.” “When you have it, you look better than you are. When you don’t have it, you’re better than you look.” He talked about times his ministry...

Andy Stanley on How Leaders Make Their Mark

October 8, 2009 10:43 AM

Andy Stanley opened Catalyst 09 with an illustration from the Ridley Scott movie, Kingdom of Heaven. In this movie, set in the medieval Crusades, the blacksmith has a phrase inscribed in his shop in Latin: “What man is a man...

Ur Video: Francis Chan on Being a Prophet

September 17, 2009 12:00 AM

...

The Pastor's Front Row Seat

August 12, 2009 12:00 AM

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them … Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep." Romans 12 There was a point in my life when I hated weddings. I'd do anything I...

Bill Hybels on "Leading in the New Reality"

August 7, 2009 7:57 AM

Opening illustration: Ship captains will sail if waves are 3 feet, 6 feet, or even 9 feet high; but what they fear are rogue waves--the unexpected high wave. All of us in organizational leadership this past 8 months have been...

Beyond "Us versus Them"

July 15, 2009 12:00 AM

When Andrew Marin's three best friends "came out" to him in three consecutive months, the self-proclaimed "Bible-banging homophobe" wanted desperately to understand his friends' experience. So he moved to Boystown, a Chicago neighborhood populated primarily by GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual,...

Live from Catalyst West and...

April 22, 2009 11:37 PM

Today Marshall Shelley and I were at Mariner's Church in Irvine, California, for the pregame show of the first ever Catalyst West Coast conference. Led by Erwin McManus and the rest of the Mosaic team, the Origins Labs (as...

The Poetry of Pastoring

March 24, 2009 12:00 AM

"What the congregation needs is not a strategist to help them form another plan for achieving a desired image of life, but a poet who looks beneath even the desperation to recover the mystery of what it means to be...

The Body Broken for Who?

February 18, 2009 12:00 AM

Late in 2008, theologian J. I. Packer sat down with a few CTI editors to talk theology. Here's what Dr. Packer had to say when the conversation ranged to Communion. Do you believe that access to the Lord's Table should...

Live from NPC: Rob Bell

February 11, 2009 4:12 PM

Most of the church leaders attending this morning's session at NPC probably thought they don't share much in common with mega-church pastor, mega-celebrity, mega-author Rob Bell. They were wrong. Bell spoke about being criticized - the "million little paper cuts"...

Live from NPC: Shane Claiborne

February 10, 2009 7:49 PM

Skye and I arrived in San Diego this afternoon for the 2009 National Pastors Convention. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the opening evening of headlining sessions was the variety. The evening started with a short routine by acclaimed comedian...

Ur Wisdom: Ministry

February 6, 2009 12:00 AM

...

Pastors or Personalities?

February 5, 2009 12:00 AM

I think I was in college when I first saw that title of a magazine that brazenly called itself SELF, and it was so bold it could have been called SELF! Nurtured in a theology that drew its juices from...

The Hansen Report: Rural Exodus

February 3, 2009 8:20 AM

Time traveled to the frozen Midwest to report the obvious: Rural communities struggle to recruit trained pastors. The dateline could have read 1979 and the story would not have looked altogether different. The situation has certainly worsened in the last...

Three Dramas that Drive Us

January 30, 2009 12:00 AM

by Skye Jethani At any given moment we are each engaged in three dramas, but only one of them ultimately matters. First, there is the drama of the practical. These are the events and measurable conditions that surround us every...

Memory Loss Plagues Wall Street and Christians

January 15, 2009 12:00 AM

By Collin Hansen Over the holidays, you probably relished how gas prices largely returned to "normal." Prices higher than $2, $3, or even $4 per gallon just seems so un-American. So why are national opinion writers so diverse as Charles...

God’s Voice in the Global Market Meltdown

November 18, 2008 12:00 AM

by Dave Gibbons I imagine you may be paying more attention to the market news. Our 401Ks have turned into a 201Ks! The markets are in transition. Most likely this recession will not be quickly fixed with bailouts and the...

Amway Evangelism

November 3, 2008 12:00 AM

...

Cartoon: Out of His Depth

September 22, 2008 12:00 AM

...

Stiff Necks and Bruised Reeds

September 12, 2008 12:00 AM

Sometime last year, a short passage of Scripture lodged in my brain. It's been rubbing and needling there ever since and challenging the way I think about ministry. The passage is from Isaiah 42. Describing Jesus, the Suffering Servant, the...

Out of Context: Gregory Boyd

September 11, 2008 12:00 AM

"It's not an issue of whether or not we should engage moral evil and politics, but is it our primary job? It's not the main job of the church to be running the government or to influence legislation. The...

Urban Exile: Following Jesus in the Face of Fear

September 9, 2008 12:00 AM

Pulling up to a busy intersection recently, my wife and I were startled to see a car with its rear windshield shattered. Out of the damaged car leaped a man with a baseball bat, yelling and chasing the two apparent...

Cartoon: Addressing Real Needs

August 11, 2008 12:00 AM

...

Audio Ur: Brandon O'Brien on the Masculinity Movement

August 6, 2008 12:00 AM

Back in April, Leadership assistant editor Brandon O'Brien wrote an article in Christianity Today about the recent trend toward manly Christianity in some evangelical churches. The article generated quite a buzz on the website and in the blogosphere. Brandon...

Cartoon: Church Growth Addiction

July 28, 2008 12:00 AM

...

Is Manliness Next to Godliness?

July 24, 2008 12:00 AM

Today you can read Leadership's own assistant editor, Brandon O'Brien, was in USA Today. The report by Cathy Lynn Grossman highlights the lengths churches are going to reach men. O'Brien wrote an article last spring for Christianity Today on the...

Out of Context: Alan Hirsch

May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

"This divorce of APE (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist) from ST (Shepherd, Teacher) has been disastrous for the local church and has damaged the cause of Christ and his mission. In my opinion, this contraction of fivefold to twofold ministry is...

Audio Ur: From Top-Down to Team Leadership

May 21, 2008 12:00 AM

The theme for current issue of Leadership is "Teams," and that is the subject of our first Out of Ur podcast. Teams have always been a critical part of ministry going back to the 12 unlikely men Jesus assembled...

Church Celebrity Deathmatch

May 16, 2008 12:00 AM

I haven't seen MTV in years, with no regrets, but I recall a show on the network that impacted me like a train wreck. It was awful, gruesome, and terrible - but I couldn't look away. "Celebrity Deathmatch" featured clay-animated...

A More Macho Messiah

April 21, 2008 1:44 PM

Brandon O'Brien, assistant editor of Leadership, has a provocative article over at ChristianityToday.com about the shortcomings of the new Christian men's movement. From worship songs that inspire men to "Grab a sword, don't be scared. Be a man, grow...

Live from Shift: Telling Better Stories

April 9, 2008 4:30 PM

Here at Out of Ur we've been hosting a conversation about the themes found in Shane Claiborne's latest book, Jesus for President (part one and part two). As is evident from this conversation, Shane is a guy who provokes...

Rejoicing in Rebuke

March 25, 2008 12:00 AM

For the past couple of weeks, Ur-banites have been wrestling with questions about church membership. Below, Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministries, takes one of the big questions head on: how does a church discipline its members? On January 18,...

Let the Work Begin

March 4, 2008 11:59 AM

The pastors who attended last week's National Pastors Convention have now returned to their churches across North America. David Swanson presents his final reflections on the convention and the issues it brought to his attention. Now that the National...

The Glory and the Grief

February 28, 2008 2:42 PM

In his second report from the National Pastors Convention, David Swanson describes how two Anglican bishops helped him recognize Christ's presence among all the convention glitz and kitsch. May I confess something? I've experienced a bit of cynicism at...

Politics from the Pulpit

January 7, 2008 12:00 AM

The race is on for the White House and it began with excitement last week in Iowa. Tomorrow it's New Hampshire's turn, and on February 5, "Super Tuesday," near half of the country will be voting to select the...

Out of Context: Ken Fong

December 5, 2007 12:00 AM

"The old paradigm of evangelism was a transactional sharing of the gospel. I would try to get people to intellectually agree with me. But the new paradigm is different, an approach in which I invite you to walk alongside me,...

Are Pastors Competitive Enough?

November 6, 2007 12:00 AM

The line between ministry and the business world has blurred. It is increasingly difficult to tell the difference between secular leadership and sacred leadership, and there are some influential voices arguing that any differentiation is artificial. As a result, many...

Squelched by Marriage

October 29, 2007 12:00 AM

When I get home tonight, I'll think awhile about Gordon MacDonald's new column. In fact, I think most pastors and leaders should think hard on his thesis: What has the dominant, big-personality, leader type squelched in his spouse? I may...

The Alternative After-Lifestyle

October 23, 2007 12:00 AM

In August, leaders at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, "cancelled a memorial service for a Navy veteran shortly before it was to start because the deceased was gay." That is how the event was described by the Associated Press....

Thus Saith the Radio

August 23, 2007 12:00 AM

Sola gratia, sola fide, sola scriptura,?sola radio? The following conversation is based on true events. Church member: "Pastor, I'm very disturbed by something you said in your sermon yesterday." Pastor: "I'm glad you came to talk with me about it....

Is Your Gospel Robust?

June 12, 2007 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago Scot McKnight shared how the gospel we preach is having an adverse impact on the church. Last week at the Spiritual Formation Forum he spoke in greater detail about this problem. He called the standard evangelical...

Good Things Come in Small Congregations

May 5, 2007 12:00 AM

Crack your knuckles and prepare to type your comments. Pastor/professor David Fitch is back with his take on why leading a small church is more difficult, and more rewarding, than being a mega-church pastor. My recent conversation with Bill Kinnon...

Out of Context: John Ortberg

April 24, 2007 12:00 AM

"If I'm to preach to people effectively, I must be freed from my need for their approval and applause. As long as I am chained to that need, then my preaching will really be trying to fill up something in...

Name Calling

April 13, 2007 12:00 AM

What is a Christian response to the flap over radio personality Don Imus's description of the Rutgers women's basketball team? Is his firing a concession to pressure groups or an appropriate judgment? In this debate, is there something deeper to...

Out of Context: Tony Jones

February 8, 2007 12:00 AM

"Modern Christianity has emphasized the immanence of our Savior, but, pushed too far, we are in danger of making the God of the universe little more than our buddy." -Tony Jones is coordinator of Emergent Village. Taken from "Prayer Beyond...

The Gates of Hell

January 18, 2007 12:00 AM

In part one of his post, Shane Claiborne challenged our assumptions about hell. Is it merely something people experience after death, or is hell a living reality for many on earth? Claiborne continues by proposing an offensive rather than defensive...

Loving the Hell Out of People

January 16, 2007 12:00 AM

Last year Brian McLaren shared his views about hell in a series of three posts on Out or Ur. This year we welcome a new voice on the subject. Shane Claiborne is a founding member of The Simple Way, a...

Nudity in Church 2: The Wrap-Up

December 14, 2006 12:00 AM

On Sunday morning Pastor Dan Kimball of Vintage Faith Church arrived at the coffeehouse where his congregation worships to discover three of the three hundred sketches decorating the space were nude drawings. After debating the nature of art, holiness, and...

Out of Context: Randall Hasper

December 13, 2006 12:00 AM

"We modern, well-educated, pastoral Dr. Phils may, if not careful, begin to think our answers are more important than God's Word or God's presence. But we must remember that we are servants of Christ in the ministry of healing damaged...

Nudity in Church

December 11, 2006 12:00 AM

One of the most famous churches in the world, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, was originally decorated with dozens of nude figures on the ceiling. Painted by Michelangelo, the chapel is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art....

Does Ministry Fuel Addictive Behavior?

November 16, 2006 12:00 AM

In a recent issue of Leadership, Sally Morgenthaler shared the story of her husband’s sexual addiction that resulted in a felony conviction and years in prison. Through that painful experience, Morgenthaler came to see how pastoral ministry can actually contribute...

Out of Context: Ruth Haley Barton

October 18, 2006 12:00 AM

"Most Christian leaders sense that there should be something different about our leadership than what is offered in the secular marketplace, but we're not always sure what that is." -Ruth Haley Barton is a spiritual director, teacher and retreat leader....

Out of Context: Kent Carlson

October 9, 2006 12:00 AM

"Christian leaders have to admit this is the system we have put together. We can't build churches that advertise 'tons of ministries to meet your needs,' then be surprised when people expect us to continually meet their needs." -Kent Carlson,...

Catalytic Conversations: A beautiful and messy kingdom.

October 4, 2006 9:13 PM

Leadership editor Marshall Shelley is in Atlanta this week for the Catalyst Conference, where 9,000 mostly younger leaders of churches are meeting to discuss ministry in today's culture. Here's his first report. The conference officially begins tomorrow. Today was filled...

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Clergy holiness codes miss the point

September 20, 2006 12:00 AM

Last week a study was released by economists called "No Booze? You May Lose." Researches found that people who drink alcohol make more money and may have an advantage in social settings. But does the same hold true for pastors?...

Radioactive Church Attendance: predicting your congregation’s half-life

June 23, 2006 12:00 AM

Some churches are more unstable than others. This may not be the result of impulsive leadership or poor planning, but rather the life stage of the congregation. Dave Terpstra pastors The Next Level Church in Denver, a community comprised primarily...

The eBay Atheist: musings about the Christian media

April 19, 2006 12:00 AM

Are you looking for new people to attend your church? Try eBay. In January, DePaul University graduate student, and committed atheist, Hemant Mehta listed his services on the auction site. Mehta promised to attend one hour of church for every...

Kingdom Confusion 2: The danger of believing in a Christian America

March 31, 2006 12:00 AM

When Gregory Boyd, pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, preached about the danger of mingling the mission of the church with conservative politics he ignited passionate responses on both sides, and 1,000 people left the church. In...

Kingdom Confusion: Is the quest for political power destroying the church?

March 29, 2006 12:00 AM

Midterm elections are heating up across the country, and many analysts expect evangelical voters to remain a potent political force. But not everyone is encouraged by the church's ascent in recent years to political power. Gregory Boyd, senior pastor of...

The Paradox of Emerging Leadership

March 7, 2006 12:00 AM

How do we organize a church without becoming "organized religion"? Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church and pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, wrestles with this paradox in the upcoming Spring issue of Leadership. Here is...

National Pastors Convention 2: Tony Campolo says “Risk More!”

February 23, 2006 6:43 PM

I've heard Tony Campolo speak enough to know you're in trouble when he takes off his glasses and squints his eyes so tight they disappear into his skull. At that moment his brain is loading a spiritual bombshell into his...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 4: McLaren's Response

January 30, 2006 12:00 AM

I read with interest - and some pain - the first few days' worth of responses to my article. I thought that some readers would be interested in a few of my responses to their responses. Before beginning though, I...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 3: A Prologue and Rant by Mark Driscoll

January 27, 2006 12:00 AM

Hundreds of readers have posted comments about Brian McLaren's article on forming a pastoral response to the "homosexual question." One such reader was Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. As "one of the 50 most influential pastors...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question 2: A Blogger's Response

January 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Since posting Brian McLaren's commentary about homosexuality we've had difficulty keeping pace with the responses being written. Reading through the comments reveals why homosexuality is known as a "wedge issue" in our culture. Our readers appear divided between heralding McLaren...

Brian McLaren on the Homosexual Question: Finding a Pastoral Response

January 23, 2006 12:00 AM

In his prominent role as author, theologian, speaker, and leader of the emergent conversation some forget that Brian McLaren is also a pastor. In the latest issue of Leadership Journal, which focuses on ministry in a sexually charged culture, Brian...

Expletive Undeleted: Dropping the F-bomb in Church

November 8, 2005 12:00 AM

Leadership associate editor Skye Jethani tells the story Mike Sares shared with him at a conference earlier this year. Tell us what you would do if you were Mike. A few days before Christmas, pastor Mike Sares got a call...

Campolo and McLaren 2: Radio Orthodoxy

October 11, 2005 10:18 AM

Tony Campolo and Brian McLaren are influential among church leaders, although their influence is often from a negative position. Some would say their value is in how many people they make mad. Both men have taken contrarian stances on many...

8,000 Whoopee! cushions

October 6, 2005 10:40 AM

Hello from the Catalyst conference in Atlanta. I just heard a new Guiness World Record set: more than 8,000 people sitting on Whoopee cushions simultaneously. It was explosive! I am hopeful that the rest of the Catalyst conference will be...

Campolo and McLaren: Prophets or Agitators?

October 4, 2005 4:36 PM

Tony Campolo and Brian McLaren have much in common. They have been hailed and hammered, venerated and vilified. Lately they are said to have an orthodoxy that has become too generous. The pair was interviewed by Keith Matthews, former lead...

tags

see more

books we’re reading