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Risky Business (Part 2)

March 14, 2012 12:00 AM

Read part 1. So what is the solution to the captivity of ministry leaders to business models? I've got a theory: to the extent that the church does not know its Bible, really know the Bible, the more it seeks...

Risky Business (Part 1)

March 12, 2012 12:00 AM

I first discovered Jim Gilmore when his book, The Experience Economy, was handed to me by a nationally known church consultant in 2002. If I wanted my church to grow, he explained, I had to employ the marketplace strategies in...

Ur Video: Dave Kraft on Celebrity Pastors

February 29, 2012 12:00 AM

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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...

Ur Video: N.T. Wright on Genesis 1...Literally

February 17, 2012 12:00 AM

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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...

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...

Listening to Tullian Tchividjian at the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference

January 26, 2012 9:40 PM

I'm blogging semi-live live from the Jacksonville Pastor's Conference and it's the first time I've heard Tullian Tchividjian speak. Here's one thing for certain about Tullian: he's passionate and clear about one thing—the gospel. And for Tullian the good news...

Ur Video: MLK & Seeing a God-With-Us World

January 16, 2012 12:00 AM

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Most Popular Posts of 2011

December 30, 2011 12:00 AM

Another year of conversation is coming to an end on Out of Ur. Thanks to all of our writers, contributors, and commenters. It's been a great year. Like many others, Urbanites were caught up in the controversy surrounding Rob Bell...

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...

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...

Ur Video: Francis Chan's Warning to Young Pastors

November 18, 2011 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: Mark Driscoll says "God Hates You"

November 8, 2011 12:00 AM

This clip of a sermon by Mark Driscoll has been getting a lot of play. Never mistaken for being soft or indirect, Driscoll shares his concern that too many people are editing God by picking which of his attributes they...

Nov/Dec Catalyst Leadership: The Gospel in Focus

October 24, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest edition of our free digital magazine, Catalyst Leadership, is now online. In this issue we have almost doubled the number of pages and articles, and with all of that new space we're tackling a critically important question:...

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...

Sep/Oct Catalyst Leadership Now Available

August 25, 2011 12:00 AM

The latest issue of our free digizine, Catalyst Leadership, is now available online. This time we're covering "Authority Issues." You'll hear from authors like Eugene Peterson, Richard Foster, Charles Swindoll, Andy Stanley, and Skye Jethani. As always, we've included some...

Ur Video: In Memory of John Stott

July 29, 2011 12:00 AM

"The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven." -Billy Graham For more on...

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 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...

Oh, Snap--Livin' the Dream

August 11, 2010 3:24 PM

Every once in a while, a post on a blog that I read elsewhere is so irresistible, I have to share it with you. This one comes from Mike Cope, one of my favorite minister-writers, from his PreacherMike.com blog. He...

An Open Dialogue about THE NINES' Poll (Part 2)

June 30, 2010 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Dave Travis from Leadership Network asked Skye Jethani a few questions regarding his objections to the Twitter poll they launched for THE NINES. In part 2, Travis answers questions about the same poll asked by Jethani. Skye:...

An Open Dialogue about THE NINES' Poll

June 28, 2010 12:00 AM

Skye Jethani, managing editor of Leadership Journal, and Dave Travis, managing director of Leadership Network, have been talking about the controversy surrounding THE NINES' poll. Jethani thinks it was a mistake--a poorly communicated idea that has deteriorated into a popularity...

The Kerfuffle about "The Nines"

June 25, 2010 12:00 AM

Yesterday, Skye Jethani wrote a post critical of how Leadership Network was driving publicity for THE NINES conference. The "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" poll raking Christian leaders struck him as distasteful and he asked his friends at Leadership Network...

Thumbs Down for "The Nines"

June 24, 2010 12:00 AM

In ancient Rome large audiences gathered in coliseums to be entertained by slaves and prisoners—including many Christians—fighting for their lives against wild beasts and one another. Their fate was often determined by the emperor who gauged the crowd’s pleasure or...

Ur Video: Driscoll's Scatalogical Humor

June 11, 2010 12:00 AM

Earlier this week, Collin Hansen warned about the growing popularity and risks of using humor in the pulpit. I thought an illustration was called for. Mark Driscoll uses humor frequently, among other communication tactics, to convey his messages. Here is...

The Hansen Report: Comedy in the Pulpit

June 9, 2010 12:00 AM

I love to laugh. And when I laugh, you’ll hear me if you’re in the same zip code. I have a few all-time favorite comedy TV shows that I can watch over and over again. And I enjoy funny...

Will Preach for Food

May 21, 2010 12:00 AM

National unemployment hovers around 10 percent. There are a lot of hurting individuals and households in the country as a result, but few have reported on the impact on clergy. The Wall Street Journal has released an article on the...

Narrative or Doctrine- What Should You Teach?

March 29, 2010 12:00 AM

Last weekend I attended Spark, a children's ministry conference near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme of the conference was "The Art of Storytelling." I think you'd be hard pressed to find a keynote speaker better suited to speak on that topic...

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,...

Ur Video: Ed Young Jr. says "U.B.U."

February 19, 2010 12:00 AM

Ed Young Jr., the eccentric pastor from Fellowship Church in Dallas (remember the "7 Day Sex Challenge" sermon he preached from a bed rather than a pulpit?), is reaching out to other pastors with a message on the dangers of...

Rob Bell on the Dangers of Video Preaching

February 15, 2010 12:00 AM

He once planted a church by teaching through Leviticus. He can use a rabbit carved from a bar of soap to illustrate the nature of suffering. Google his name and the term "Sex God" will appear among the top...

Catalyst One Day- Chicago

January 26, 2010 12:00 AM

March 25, 2010 at Willow Creek Community Church Early Registration Ends Thursday, January 28 Go to www.catalystoneday.com and use the Rate Code: BLOG for a special $99 discounted rate. Catalyst One Day features Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel in...

Interview with a Street Preacher

January 4, 2010 12:00 AM

In response to my recent Out of Ur lament about street preachers, many Urbanites vigorously defended those who take to the streets to preach. I’m used to dissenting opinions here at Ur, but I was surprised by how many spoke...

John Calvin on Tradition

December 11, 2009 12:00 AM

‘Tis the season to think about traditions. Every family has its own non-negotiable holiday rituals. If your family’s like mine, you may have competing visions of the perfect holiday under one roof (or tent, or banyan tree—or whatever your family...

Preaching for the Nod

November 17, 2009 12:00 AM

Every once in a while I find myself preaching for the nod. That’s when we try to hard wire a bit of ego-stroke into a Sunday morning message. We do it a lot, and it’s so easy—insert that small comment,...

Separated at Birth?

November 12, 2009 12:00 AM

A few days ago, Drew Dyck (managing editor of BuildingChurchLeaders.com) sent an email to Skye Jethani (managing editor of Leadership Journal) asking to borrow a book by Dave Ferguson. Drew parenthetically commented that Ferguson looked like Edward Norton the actor....

Video Venues and Multi-Sites: Can We Please Move On?

November 5, 2009 12:00 AM

May I vent for a moment? If I stumble onto another blog, article, or conference advertisement for anything having to do with video venues or multi-site models of church growth, I just might lose it. Everywhere I look within our...

Scot McKnight's Top 10 Leadership Books

October 20, 2009 12:00 AM

What makes a leader? Ideas. Courage. Contact with great thinkers. What makes a Christian leader? Great ideas, courage, and contact with great thinkers shaped by the gospel. So, I offer to you a list of my top ten books for...

Ur Video: STORY Conference

October 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Skye Jethani will be presenting at the STORY Conference next week, Url will be blogging from the event, and Leadership's editors will be hosting video interviews with the speakers. Be sure to check out more at StoryChicago.com....

Create-A-Caption Contest

October 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Do you ever feel like church activities, which are intended to promote God's mission, are actually keeping you from promoting God's mission? We're eager to see your captions for this cartoon by Roger Judd. Winners will be published in the...

Ur Video: Catalyst High-Dive Stunt

October 9, 2009 2:04 PM

> Professor Splash dives 35 feet into a kiddie pool with 1 foot of water....

Ed Stetzer Releases New Research on Pastors

October 9, 2009 1:50 PM

Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research and adviser to www.BuildingChurchLeaders.com, released new research on pastors, which will be published soon in our sister publication, Leadership: Pastors still believe in the church Almost all pastors--88 percent--strongly agree that "If I had...

David Kuo on Big Ideas and What Really Changes the World

October 7, 2009 3:28 PM

When the Republicans went to Washington about a decade ago, their mantra was “we’re going to change Washington, not let Washington change us.” Nice idea, but it didn’t exactly turn out that way. David Kuo, former Special Assistant to...

Catalyst Day 1: The Green Room

October 7, 2009 9:50 AM

Catalyst is here. We'll be blogging for the next three days from the event in Atlanta. While the main event starts tomorrow, today the pre-conference "Labs" will feature multiple tracks and a lot of speakers/leaders. We'll be in and...

Jonathan Edwards on the New Reformed Movement

October 5, 2009 12:00 AM

If he hadn’t died from a tainted smallpox vaccination in 1758, Jonathan Edwards would be celebrating his 306th birthday today--Monday, October 5. When Edwards died, at the relatively young age of 55, he was one of the best known pastor-theologians...

Ur Video: Stetzer & Hirsch on Multi-Site

October 1, 2009 12:00 AM

Key ideas: Stetzer--Is multi-site being used to give great communicators a larger audience, or is it being used to raise up more communicators? Stetzer--Multi-site isn't a big phenomenon in post-Christian settings. It's much more popular among Christians willing to...

Ur Video: Q & A with Craig Groeschel

September 24, 2009 12:00 AM

In just a few weeks we'll be down in Atlanta for the Catalyst Conference. And we're excited to announce that Out of Ur will be the official blog for the event. We'll be posting throughout the conference with exclusive...

Ur Video: Francis Chan on Being a Prophet

September 17, 2009 12:00 AM

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Video Ur: Perry Noble on Multi-Site Churches

September 9, 2009 12:00 AM

The validity of video-based preaching has been a matter of debate on this blog. Some, like Bob Hyatt, are critical of the trend believing it puts even greater distance between the teacher and the taught. In addition, projecting one preacher...

Join Us at Catalyst in Atlanta

August 27, 2009 12:00 AM

This year's Catalyst Conference (October 7-9) will include a lab track hosted by Skye Jethani, Leadership's managing editor, featuring Nancy Ortberg, Mark Batterson, Reggie McNeal, and Scott Belsky. He will also host the evening “unplugged” lab session with Matt...

Ur Video: Ministry Pornography

August 20, 2009 12:00 AM

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Ur Video: John Piper Says Video Hurts Preaching

July 28, 2009 12:00 AM

Everyone knows that John Piper believes in the supremacy of preaching, but what about augmenting the spoken word with video clips or dramas? In this short video Piper answers that question. Here's an excerpt: "I think the use of video...

Advance 09: The Conclusion

June 9, 2009 8:00 AM

The final day and a half of Advance 09 built upon the themes started on the first day, brought another talk from Mark Driscoll, and marked the arrival of the Baptists - researcher and author Ed Stetzer, local Durham pastor...

Live from Advance 2009

June 5, 2009 10:10 AM

A few months back, I noticed that a big conference featuring John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Ed Stetzer and others, and sponsored by the Acts 29 Network, was coming to a neighboring city. I don't quite consider myself Reformed enough to...

The Moody Conference--Upon Further Reflection

May 20, 2009 10:02 PM

My post from yesterday elicited a couple of comments asking for further information about the Moody Pastors' Conference going on this week. It wasn't my intention to be unhelpful, but I was. So, thanks, Jarrod and PastorM. You asked good...

Live from Moody: First Impressions

May 19, 2009 3:57 PM

Skye and I are at reFOCUS, Moody Bible Institute's pastors' conference, this week. Skye is leading a breakout session, and I'm making the rounds to see what's what. This is my first time at a Moody event. The last conference...

Tony Jones: We Ordain Everyone

May 11, 2009 12:00 AM

Do you believe in ordination? Or, more accurately stated, do you believe in denominational structures that regulate who is ordained for ministry based on prerequisites, credentials, and education? Tony Jones, author and a leading voice of the emergent church, has...

Sermon Prep Survey

April 13, 2009 8:58 AM

Our friends over at PreachingToday.com are doing a little research. They're eager to know how sermon preparation differs from one generation to the next--in particular, how do folks under 35 and over 35 approach their sermon prep? So they've created...

Join Us at Catalyst West Coast

April 6, 2009 12:00 AM

Leadership editors Marshall Shelley and Brandon O’Brien, as well as yours truly, will be attending the Catalyst West Coast event April 22-24, and we’d love to connect with a few Urbanites. If you’re planning to be there, give us a...

Ur Cartoon: Servant Leadership

March 23, 2009 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

February 19, 2009 12:00 AM

What is your caption for this cartoon by Jonny Hawkins? Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2009 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

A Good Text is Hard to Find

January 6, 2009 9:07 AM

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Cartoon: Doctrine

November 25, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

November 10, 2008 12:00 AM

What is your caption for this cartoon by Rob Portlock? Winning entries will be published in the Winter 2009 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

We're Going to Catalyst

September 30, 2008 12:00 AM

Next week I'm sending two Urthlings, Marshall Shelley and Skye Jethani, to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. They'll be blogging live from the event October 8 - 10, and mixing it up with 15,000 other church leaders. Whether you’re...

Pastors Defy the IRS

September 29, 2008 12:00 AM

This election season, a group of about 30 pastors plans to challenge the IRS law that prohibits churches from endorsing a political candidate from the pulpit. As part of the "Pulpit Initiative," organized by the Alliance Defense Fund, many of...

Cartoon: An Unusual Spiritual Gift

September 15, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Am I Called to Preach?

September 2, 2008 12:00 AM

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The Next Caption Contest

August 4, 2008 8:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Tim Walburg? Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Cartoon: Fish Food

July 7, 2008 12:00 AM

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Cartoon: Team Leadership

May 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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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...

The Next Caption Contest

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Tim Walburg? Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

Out of Context: John M. Buchanan

March 6, 2008 12:00 AM

"Preachers need to be very careful before claiming they are God's mouthpiece. I think the preacher needs to be suggestive and not declarative. There are times in history when people (like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King) were called with...

A Big Can of Worms

February 27, 2008 8:43 AM

David Swanson agreed to leave frozen Chicagoland to labor in sunny San Diego at this year's National Pastors Convention. He'll be sending us updates throughout the week of the goings on there. This is his first post. I arrived...

Canadian Sermon Types, eh?

February 21, 2008 12:00 AM

And now for something completely different... Neil Young, who pastors Erindale United Church in Mississauga, Ontario, sent us this inventory of sermon styles in the Great White North. The Maple Syrup: Boils source material down to about 1/50th its starting...

Pagan Christianity (Part 2)

February 19, 2008 10:11 AM

Many of you have requested a more formal review of Pagan Christianity, and I feel obliged to provide one. It should be said, however, that Out of Ur is not usually a place for reviews. We offer snippets and opinions...

Is the Pastorate Pagan?

February 14, 2008 9:19 AM

I appreciate it when a writer shows all his cards at the beginning of a book so I don't have to guess at his presuppositions. Frank Viola does just that in the opening line of his newly re-released Pagan...

The Next Caption Contest

February 7, 2008 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Dennis Fletcher? Winning entries will be published in the Spring 2008 edition of Leadership. Please include your name, your church’s name, city, and state....

The Rise of the New Bishops- Part 2

December 18, 2007 12:00 AM

In part 1, Chad Hall questioned the emergence of popular young church leaders. Through their books, conferences, and postcasts these "new bishops" are attracting a great deal of attention. Hall wondered if their status was the result of their genuine...

The Rise of the New Bishops

December 14, 2007 12:00 AM

After reporting on Rob Bell's tour last month, Chad Hall has been wondering about the influence of young Christian leaders like Bell. Are these "new bishops" the result of a generation searching for leaders outside traditional church structures, or are...

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...

What Pastors Get Paid

September 18, 2007 12:00 AM

Our annual compilation of ministry salaries is out, and this year's tally produced a few surprises: - If you want to make more money, switch denominations. - Female solo pastors make more. - The extra degree is worth the money....

The Next Caption Contest

July 31, 2007 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Rob Portlock? We know Out of Ur and Leadership readers will have some great ones on this theme. Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2007 edition of Leadership. Please include...

Happy Shiny Pastors

May 23, 2007 12:00 AM

Last month the Chicago Tribune reported that pastors are the happiest people on earth - really. Research done by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center found that clergy ranked highest in job satisfaction and "general happiness." They even...

Out of Context: Mindy Caliguire

May 16, 2007 12:00 AM

"With the performance pressures church leaders face today, it's a wonder more are not flaming out. I wish more churches could talk honestly about the ministry systems that perpetuate the problem. What will have to happen before we change? For...

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...

The Next Caption Contest

May 3, 2007 12:00 AM

What are your captions for this cartoon by Dik LaPine? We know Out of Ur and Leadership readers will have some great ones on this theme. Winning entries will be published in the Summer 2007 edition of Leadership. Please include...

Out of Context: Miles Finch

April 6, 2007 12:00 AM

"When our goal of worship is to receive God's help to be successful, pride is taking over. Then we are just using God to further ourselves. Could it be that we want church-growth secrets, or even God's Spirit...for the wrong...

Out of Context: Mark Batterson

March 16, 2007 12:00 AM

"Maybe the central task of a worship leader is to keep worship from becoming routine? Maybe the central task of a teaching pastor is to keep the Bible from becoming routine? Maybe the central task of a lead pastor is...

Caring for the Inner Pastor

February 15, 2007 12:00 AM

Dallas Willard has written about the importance of soul care for those of us in ministry. He says, The call of God to minister the gospel is a high honor and a noble challenge. It carries with it unique opportunities...

Create-A-Caption

January 30, 2007 12:00 AM

When we ask subscribers what they love most about Leadership, we often hear the same answer: "the cartoons." That's why we are pleased to bring this lighter side of ministry to Out of Ur. Here is your chance to share...

Jesus Leaders Part 2: Pastors at their best

September 18, 2006 12:00 AM

What makes a good pastor? In seminary I was told a good pastor knows Greek and Hebrew. Church elders told me a good pastor keeps the budget in the black and people in the pews. In part two of his...

Jesus Leaders: What pastors were meant to be

September 12, 2006 12:00 AM

Pastors have an image problem. Despite the growing number of celebrity pastors on television, radio, and bookstore shelves, the wider culture's respect for clergy has been declining for generations. Jim Martin, pastor of Crestview Church of Christ in Waco, Texas,...

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...

Video Venues and the Papacy of Celebrity: Why changing the methods always changes the message

June 28, 2006 12:00 AM

Most people spend a significant part of the week looking at screens; television screens, movie screens, computer screens - in fact, you're looking at one right now. But traditionally Sunday morning was not a screen-time. Then came PowerPoint. First the...

Image Isn’t Everything 2: depth and transparency offer hope for GenX

April 30, 2006 12:00 AM

In part 1 of his post, Andy Rowell lamented the preoccupation his generation has for image management, and the way GenX church leaders have adopted this vice. In part 2 Andy offers a few antidotes to younger church leaders seeking...

Image Isn’t Everything: the uneasy conscience of a GenX pastor

April 27, 2006 12:00 AM

Not long ago I attended a young adult ministry conference. My wife commented that I looked out of place because none of my clothing was torn. I showed her the frayed cuffs of my pants to verify my young-church-leader credentials....

Campolo and McLaren 3: Unorthodox Questions

December 1, 2005 12:00 AM

Brian McLaren has been proclaiming the need for a different, more generous approach to orthodoxy. His critics say "generous orthodoxy" is an oxymoron that exemplifies the problem with the postmodern church. In part three of our interview, McLaren explains what...

Should I Rock the House or Preach the Word?

October 13, 2005 3:22 PM

Ben Folds' song "Rock Star" includes these lyrics: You need their approval To tell you you're cool Hey, but look how you pay for it Give the people what they want You've got to give the people what they want...

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