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Q Portland: Day Two

April 29, 2011 12:00 AM

"What was the highlight of the conference?" I asked another attendee. I wondered if it was Kevin Kelly, "senior maverick" at Wired Magazine, talking about technology and theology. Or maybe actor/director Mark Ruffalo talking about faith in Hollywood. "I...

One Church, Many Congregations

September 13, 2010 12:00 AM

In late April 2010, more than 50 pastors crowded into a hotel conference room in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The event organizers, a small group of pastors from Chicagoland, were expecting 25 colleagues to turn out for the meeting. But when...

Who Speaks for Evangelicals?

July 20, 2010 9:38 AM

One of the advantages of being Catholic is that, whether you agree or not, at least you know who speaks for you. When a controversial subject needs to be discussed, there are vehicles and forums to help it get a...

Miracle on the Hudson

January 16, 2009 1:00 PM

by Gordon MacDonald This morning I took a few minutes to watch video of the remarkable rescue effort in the Hudson River yesterday. For a long, long time, this will remain in the minds of people as a highpoint in...

Cartoon: Church Pirate

June 15, 2008 12:00 AM


Audio Ur: Multi-Ethnic Church Staff

June 12, 2008 12:00 AM

How multi-ethnic should your church staff be? Should churches have hiring quotas to ensure diversity? In the spring issue of Leadership, Mark DeYmaz, pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, discusses the importance of being intentional about diversity....

Sayonara, Senior Pastor (Part 2)

February 23, 2007 12:00 AM

David Fitch's church, Life on the Vine, is a missional community that has abandoned the leadership model that most churches employ. Life on the Vine has no senior pastor, and they don't want one. In the first part of his...

Sayonara, Senior Pastor

February 19, 2007 12:00 AM

Pastor/Professor David Fitch is back to describe the leadership structure of his church, Life on the Vine, in Long Grove, Illinois. Like an increasing number of churches seeking to be "missional," Life on the Vine has rejected the notion of...

Married to the Ministry: has the pastor’s wife’s role changed for better or worse?

August 4, 2006 12:00 AM

When my wife and I interviewed at my present church she asked what expectations the congregation had of staff spouses. She was told, "We just expect spouses to be church members like everyone else - serving, attending worship, and living...

A "Different" Kind of Church: how secular marketing is fueling church competition

April 4, 2006 12:00 AM

General Motors launched its Saturn brand in 1990 with the tag line, "A different kind of company, a different kind of car." GM believed they could carve out a market niche by addressing the collective American psyche's negative view of...

Darned Sox: An Exercise in Rebuilding a Team

October 27, 2005 10:53 AM

Marshall Shelley becomes a fan of the newly well-led White Sox. Though I've lived in Chicago more than twenty years, when it came to the White Sox, I was only a casual fan (is that an oxymoron?). Until recently. Yes,...

Catalytic Conversion

October 7, 2005 11:34 AM

Leadership editor Marshall Shelley reports from Catalyst, a conference for young leaders. After two days at the 2005 Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, I've picked up the mixed feelings that the emerging generation has about leadership. Even though Catalyst is billed...


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