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Top 5 CHARIS Posts in 2017

As managing editor of our Church channel, I get to work with a team of insightful, gifted writers who think deeply about God, the world, spiritual health, ministry, current events, Scripture, and so much more. As we lean into 2018, I’m pleased to look back on 2017 and share with you these most-read…

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Why I Pray The Daily Offices

My first fulltime job was with a large church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. I spent almost eight years serving this congregation as their youth minister. When I left, we had multiple fulltime ministers on staff and many part-time admin staff. We had weekly minister meetings and staff devotionals. There was a wall…

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Depression and Addiction

This series aims to promote awareness of the nature and reality of depression, encourage those who are battling depression, and equip those who want to help someone who is struggling. This post is part 8 in the series. Stay tuned for a new post each week, and find the rest of the series…

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Siburt Institute – Mission Revisited

As September approaches, the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry begins its fifth year of ministry to leaders and congregations. Our executive team held its annual review day in May, and we were inspired by the development of new services and encouraging stories from people and the churches where they worship and serve. We…

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Leading in Anxious Times

In teaching a graduate course at ACU on Church Leadership, I enjoyed reading once again a wonderful book by Peter Steinke entitled Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times. Steinke offers wonderful insights into realities of congregational life and highlights the challenges leaders face. More than that, Steinke presents cogent wisdom to guide leaders to be non-anxious…

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Not Your Grandmother’s Database: Connecting Your Church Online

Carey Nieuwhof writes about 5 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule in 2016, mentioning several different ways churches use online communities. Back on the home front at Meadowbrook Church of Christ, we have launched our new fancy schmancy database/communication tool called Meadowbrook Connect. This replaced our well-intentioned, but often incompetent, database tool whose…

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Karl Barth for Preachers: A Bibliography

Karl Barth was arguably one of the best theologians of the twentieth century. His unique contributions to Protestant theology garnered interest from all parts of Christendom. Pope Pius XII (1876-1958) called Barth the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas! By any measure, Karl Barth has had a profound influence on modern Christian leaders…

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Preaching as Leadership

One leadership function that is often not recognized as leadership is the practice of preaching.  What usually commands attention when leaders talk about leadership are things like vision-casting, pastoral care, and identifying meaningful goals that extend the mission of the church.  But preaching, not so much! Yet every week in nearly every church,…

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