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Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that everyone who has ever owned a radio fancies themselves a music expert. Pastors, we know you are under a huge amount of stress. We’ve read the stories, we’ve seen the statistics, we’ve probably felt the collateral damage a time or two. I don’t share these guidelines to be yet another burden. In reality, if you take these to heart, it will make your job easier and win a crucial ally and partner in ministry.

1. Respect our expertise.

What if I believe unto this just because it’s beautiful?’

What if I believe unto this just because it’s beautiful?’

The amazing recent discovery of evidence of gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time that have echoes of the big bang nearly 14 billion years ago — promises many of us a headache. Just as light is bent by gravity, trying to understand this new discovery can be mind-bending. I mean, we’re trying to conceive of a billionth of a billionth of a millionth of a second 13.8 billion years ago. Really?

Do you need time to reflect and gain perspective on your ministry?

Do you need time to reflect and gain perspective on your ministry?

The Reflective Leadership Grant program offers lay and ordained Christian leaders up to $15,000 to step away from their current work to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps. [More details]

Reflective Leadership Grants offer Christian leaders Insights into Religion Lilly Foundation Grants

Setting Fair and Reasonable Church Staff Compensation

Setting Fair and Reasonable Church Staff Compensation

Church Law & Tax, a ministry of Christianity Today, has just launched ChurchSalary, a new compensation-setting website. The site gives churches confidence in determining equitable compensation levels and provides church staff with clarity to ensure their pay is fair. 

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25 Favorite Hymns of Progressive Christians from Chuck McKnight and Patheos

"I recently asked, “What Hymns Still Work for You as a Progressive Christian?” And the response was amazing! Y’all came out of the woodwork to let me know what hymns you love. (And on the whole, it seems we progressive Christians do still love our hymns!) Since I received so much feedback (roughly 750 nominations that I counted), I figured I should tally them up and share the most popular examples, with a bit of brief commentary on each." Read More

 

Here is the list of the 26 top hymns among Progressive Christians with resources, sermon helps and historical information from Hymnary.org

 

Calvin College Homecoming Set for Sept 27-30, 2018

Calvin College Homecoming Set for Sept 27-30, 2018

Dates & Time: 
Sep 27, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018

The dates for Homecoming 2018 have been set for Sept. 27–30, 2018, and I encourage alumni to return to campus to reconnect with classmates and participate in the excitement of today’s campus. The Class of 1993 will celebrate their 25-year reunion, the class of 2008 will celebrate their 10-year reunion, and as always, there will be a wide array of activities. From the always classy Maroon and Gold Gala to a soccer game followed by fireworks and an outdoor movie, everyone will be guaranteed a good time. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

 

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South Korean Christians Pray For Reunification

South Korean Christians Pray For Reunification

"My students had many questions about the role of religion in the land of K-pop, including Christianity’s involvement in either promoting or preventing improved relations between the North and South. Even though half of all South Koreans are religiously unaffiliated, Christianity has had an outsized influence in the country.

Priest on American Ninja Warrior

Priest on American Ninja Warrior

Fr Stephen Gadberry has always kept in good shape. Being a priest in the diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas hasn’t stopped him. Recently, he competed in American Ninja Warrior with his performance airing May 30 evening. If you haven’t seen it, American Ninja Warrior is an extreme obstacle course that requires a combination of strength, speed, and flexibility.

Serving its Community Transformed a Dwindling Church

Serving its Community Transformed a Dwindling Church

"Trinity’s building is surrounded by the bleaker symbols of urban life, including graffiti-covered billboards, a homeless shelter and used needles in the grass outside the sanctuary door. Hilltop, as this district of Tacoma is known, has a record of serious gang activity, including homicides and a high crime rate.

It is also the place where Trinity is thriving." [Read More]. 

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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