Many denominations ordain women as pastors. Some churches cling tightly to a male model of leadership. Deborah challenges us to broaden our thinking. Are women capable of effectively leading God's people?
We tend to make the holiday season about us. We celebrate that God is "with us" in the midst of our self-inflicted, first-world problems. Meanwhile, Christians in other countries suffer persecution. Why not kick off the holidays by praying for them?
Churches love teaching the Bible. But are we actually putting it into practice? Here are a few ideas to get your church actively engaging with the Bible.
Many churches write a "vision statement." These are useful if we adopt them the right way. We mustn't get so caught up asking, "What is our vision?" that we forget to ask, "What is Jesus' vision for us?"
Preachers spend huge amounts of time preparing their sermons. But sermons aren't getting the job done anymore. Where has the power gone in preaching? How do we get it back?