Preaching in the Purple Zone – By Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

Preaching in the Purple Zone is a resource for helping the church understand the challenges facing parish pastors, while encouraging and equipping preachers to address the vital justice issues of our time.This book provides practical instruction for navigating the hazards of prophetic preaching with tested strategies and prudent tactics grounded in biblical and theological foundations. … Continue reading “Preaching in the Purple Zone – By Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade”

Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving

By Mike Cope Director of ministry outreach, Pepperdine University Like runners, ministers benefit when they learn healthy habits that allow them to pause and experience restoration from concerns and fatigue and be refilled by the spirit of God. Bigstock/Dean Drobot FacebookTwitterEmailPrint Theological training doesn’t offer ministers everything they need to flourish. Pastoral peer groups that develop … Continue reading “Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving”

A. Trevor Sutton: One-on-one accountability groups may be a solution to pastoral woes

iStock / Fizkes By A. Trevor Sutton Pastor and writer FacebookTwitterEmailPrint When a Michigan pastor realized that his accountability group was too big, he came up with a new solution — pairs. TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 Stay in ministry. Stay married. Stay alive. It doesn’t sound all that difficult. Yet for pastors who try to … Continue reading “A. Trevor Sutton: One-on-one accountability groups may be a solution to pastoral woes”

Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving

Like runners, ministers benefit when they learn healthy habits that allow them to pause and experience restoration from concerns and fatigue and be refilled by the spirit of God. Bigstock/Dean Drobot FacebookTwitterEmailPrint Theological training doesn’t offer ministers everything they need to flourish. Pastoral peer groups that develop additional competencies can fill the gap, writes a minister who … Continue reading “Mike Cope: Contemplation, relationships, emotional maturity and self-care are key to pastoral thriving”

Churches should be more dementia-friendly, Anglican expert says

By Tali Folkins January 15, 2018   It’s estimated that nearly 10% of Canadians over 65 have some form of dementia. Photo: Ocskay Mark/Shutterstock   As Canadians age, people with dementia are becoming increasingly common in  congregations—and there’s more that can be done to make churches welcoming to them, an Anglican authority on aging says. … Continue reading “Churches should be more dementia-friendly, Anglican expert says”