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Mandy Smith on The Vulnerable Pastor
Christian leaders, especially pastors, sometimes feel bad about the gap between their ideal of Christlike ministry and the reality. Pastor Mandy Smith explains that honestly accepting vulnerabilities and human limitations makes room for God’s strength to be revealed in people and congregations.
Conversation | November 05, 2019
Shaping the Pastoral Imagination: An Interview with Pastor Douglas Brouwer led by John Witvliet
2019 Cultivating Vital Worship | Session
Video | August 01, 2019
Round Three: Ordination Best Practices for Priests, Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
For our final round of ordination resources, we consulted five experts from five more traditions. Their best practices will help you understand the significance of ordaining people as bishops, priests, ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | March 14, 2019
What I Learned through Preaching Partnerships
Fred Provencher has participated in two preaching peer groups in his twenty-plus years of ministry. Read his reflections along with his advice for younger preachers.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
Considering a Preaching Peer Group? Five Things to Think About
A seasoned pastor found a preaching peer group to be a source of refreshment, challenge, and growth. Here are his top five reasons.
Reflection | September 05, 2018
Authenticity and Preaching: Reflections of a Reluctant Peer Group Participant
A preaching peer group held surprises for pastor Estee Valendy, who discovered—in herself and in her peers—that “excellent preaching is fundamentally authentic preaching.”
Reflection | August 15, 2018
The Peer Group as Incubator
At a time of transition in his personal and church life, a young pastor jumped at the chance to join a pastor peer group. Learn how this group has helped shape his preaching process.
Reflection | August 13, 2018
Round Two: Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders, and Deacons
Our first roundup of ordination resources was so popular that we have now consulted five more experts from five more denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders, and deacons.
Feature Story | November 21, 2017
Ordination Best Practices for Ministers, Elders and Deacons
Because so many people search our website for ordination resources, we consulted five experts from five denominations. Their best practices will help you dig beneath the surface when you ordain or install ministers, elders and deacons.
Feature Story | February 07, 2017
Jennifer Ackerman on Courageous Conversations among Pastors
The Micah Groups program brings together pastors from diverse denominational, theological and ethnic contexts, all who desire to become empowered wise preachers. They seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God. Over time, they build enough trust to have courageous conversations about worship, preaching and justice.
Conversation | February 19, 2016
Meg Jenista on The Young Clergy Women Project
Face it. There are still far more male pastors than female pastors. That is why young female pastors support each other in The Young Clergy Women Project.
Conversation | April 21, 2015
The Pastor as Minor Poet (Book Excerpt)
The Pastor as Minor Poet calls pastors to continually search for the deeper, truer understandings of what they see--both in the text of scripture and in the text of their parishioners' lives.
Book Excerpt | December 08, 2011
Leading From the Table (Book Excerpt)
Developing leadership skills that connect the congregations eucharistic practice to the life and work of the church is essential to moving toward unity throughout the church. This book is not a how-to manual on presiding techniques but a series of reflections about the way the prayer at the communion table provides a pattern for our lives.
Book Excerpt | December 06, 2011
God Against Religion (Book Excerpt)
A work of theology that takes worship as its basic framework, considering worship as the occasion of not only an approach toward God in piety but also a separation from God in sin.
Book Excerpt | December 06, 2011
Pulpit & Pew
This is the archived website of Pulpit & Pew, a now-completed interdenominational research project funded by Lilly Endowment to assess the state of the pastorate in the United States.
Website | October 26, 2011
An iPod because iPreach
The wealth of resources for busy preachers available through something like iTunes is a bit staggering. And you can find sermons there too.
Audio | February 18, 2011
Symposium 2011 - Someday You'll Be a Good Preacher
The journey to good preaching is as filled with twists and turns as a Rocky Mountain highway. Stan Mast is a veteran road warrior who shares hard-won insights into what it takes to become a good preacher. Special attention is paid to the sharp-tongued critics who can drive aspiring preachers off the road.
Audio | January 28, 2011
Preaching Ethically (Book Excerpt)
Preaching Ethically offers guidelines for preaching in light of a range of factors that might tempt a preacher to misuse the pulpit.
Book Excerpt | October 20, 2010
Choosing the Kingdom (Book Excerpt)
A work of theology and a how-to guide for preachers who want to rethink both the form and the content of their preaching to move a congregation from maintenance to mission.
Book Excerpt | October 18, 2010
The Church for the Sake of the World: Urban Challenges Today
This workshop focused on discerning and acting on the call to integrate worship with ministry in order to be with those who are least and last through the example of LaSalle Street Church in downtown Chicago with a 40 year history in social engagement.
Audio | March 23, 2010