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Big Churches, Big Bucks: Southern Senior Pastors Take Top Salaries
Originally Posted: 09/10/2014 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new  survey  finds. That’s one of the conclusions on churches and finances released Sept. 9 by  Leadership Network , a Dallas-based church think tank, and the  ...

Pastors’ Letter on Mark Driscoll: Step Down From All Aspects of Ministry and Leadership
Originally Posted: 08/28/2014 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

A letter from nine Mars Hill Church pastors to their fellow elders offers the most trenchant criticism yet of controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, who recently stepped down for at least six weeks ami ...

Capitalism v. Democracy: Financing Seminary Education (Part II)
Originally Posted: 08/13/2014 - 10:18am | Type: Blog

Our nation has experienced a continual conservative policy shift for 35 years that has resulted in runaway markets and an ever widening economic gap between the rich and the rest of us ...

Should Pastors Complain About Their Salaries?
Originally Posted: 08/06/2014 - 3:00pm | Type: Press

August 2, 2014 Sojo in the News Kelsey Dallas ...

Doubly Called: Living (and Accepting) Life as Mom & Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/18/2014 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

I've always been one who feels guilty easily, so being a mom and a pastor—and a Lutheran—comes naturally to me. It's silly really, but there are ample opportunities to feel guilty in two of the singu ...

Pastors Rarely Preach About Domestic Violence Even Though It Affects Countless Americans
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 1:45pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Antonia Blumberg ...

Phil Haslanger: Pondering Churches' Responses To Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:29pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Phil Haslanger ...

Study Finds Majority Of Pastors Are Ill-Equipped To Handle Domestic, Sexual Violence Issues
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:24pm | Type: Press

June 22, 2014 Sojo in the News Urban Christian News ...

Survey: Domestic Violence Rarely Addressed
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 12:20pm | Type: Press

June 28, 2014 Sojo in the News Anglicans Ablaze ...

Pastors Do Not Talk About "Domestic Violence" With The Church, Says US Survey
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Press

June 29, 2014 Sojo in the News Inforgospel ...

Is Pulpit Plagiarism on the Rise? Some Blame the Internet
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Thou shalt not steal another pastor’s sermon? Thou shalt not steal another pastor’s sermon? Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others’ materi ...

To the Dying Church: Do What You Came Here to Do
Originally Posted: 05/15/2014 - 4:37pm | Type: Blog

Instead of hiding from issues that might send members out of your pews, wrestle with the implications of the Gospel for the environment, for the death penalty, or for immigration. Trust in the mysterious, magn ...

6 Times Pastors Went On Late-Night TV
Originally Posted: 05/12/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Press

May 12, 2014 Sojo in the News Jesse Carey ...

Protestant Pastors Support Immigration Reform, According to Survey
Originally Posted: 11/18/2013 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A new poll from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds nearly six in 10 senior pastors of Protestant churches support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. The n ...

What Good Is a Ph.D. for Reading the Bible?
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

While a Ph.D. is not necessary in order to read and/or understand the Bible, my reading of the Bible since receiving my doctorate promotes the inclusion of far more people than my reading of the Bible before m ...

Beyond Anger Management
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Tony Lapp What your church can do to address abusive behaviors. IN THE PAST, programs like Menergy were often ...

Naming the Sin
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Michelle D. Bernard Are churches helping to stop domestic violence—or enabling it? JULIE OWENS had no way of ...

Have Churches Abandoned the Elderly?
Originally Posted: 10/23/2013 - 7:22am | Type: Blog

Christians have suffered from the sin of apathy, being guilty of ignoring a large segment of believers — the elderly — who are continually forced into the shadows of our ministries, leadership structures, publ ...

Skeptics Wonder if Ex-Clergy Should Lead Atheist Movements
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 3:29pm | Type: Blog

By definition, skeptics are pretty skeptical. They question what they see as unfounded claims or dubious motivations, whatever the source. Now, they are questioning some of their own leaders. ...

The Revolving Door of Church 'CEOs'
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

From major corporations to startups led by visionary leaders, from universities to churches, the departure of the top leader can stop momentum and usher in months, perhaps years, of uncertainty. ...

Why Wild Goose Matters
Originally Posted: 08/19/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

It's not every day that you can walk by a makeshift tent and listen to Phyllis Tickle succinctly summarize the history of Christendom in 45 minutes, and then wander over and pick up a vegetarian pita sand ...

The World as God Intends
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Stetzer New data shows that Protestant churches, including evangelicals, are increasingly involved in social action ministries. ...

Moral Mondays: Clergy Are Changing Their Language
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The point is to change the language and speak in terms that hungry legislators can understand. The point is to stay in role and not go mucking around in a political or economic pragmatism, which we do not und ...

Witnesses to Trauma: Faith Leaders Stand Up for Gun Violence Legislation
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

For many pastors of urban congregations, “stepping up” to end gun violence stems from a very personal place — as they have been forced to bury their own neighbors and church members. ...

'The impacts are quite severe on the ground'
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Victor Mughogho Victor Mughogho works with local churches in southeast A ...

Majority of Protestant Pastors Back Romney, But Many Still Undecided
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

A majority of Protestant pastors plan to vote for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new survey, but nearly a quarter are still undecided less than a month from Election Day. ...

Introducing The Emerging Voices Project: One Vision. Many Voices.
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 10:30am | Type: Blog

Today, Sojourners in launching a new project called Emerging Voices, and it’s one of the most exciting things I have been involved with for a long time. It aims to mentor, develop, and promote the most dynamic ...

Mars Hill Bible Church Names Rob Bell’s Successor
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

In an email sent on Wednesday to members of the Grandville, Mich., church, leaders announced Kent Dobson had accepted the lead position. GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Mars Hill Bible Church ...

Study: Pastors’ Concerns for Others May Harm Their Own Health
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

Most members of the clergy are taught to put the physical and spiritual needs of others first, but that self-denial may be harmful to their own health, according to a new Duke University study. ...

Evangelical Group Proposes Code of Ethics for Pastors
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to seek a common moral ground by uniting under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leaders said the new code  will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across the 40 denominations t ...

10 reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained For Ministry
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

Regardless where you sit, stand, or wrestle with the issue of women in church leadership, I thought this satirical list was worth sharing for both laughter and even reflection because that’s what good satire f ...

Call to "Tone Down Religious Rhetoric"
Originally Posted: 02/24/2012 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

In an op-ed published in the Charlotte Observer, Mike Daisley calls for Christians to "tone down the religious rhetoric." Of course, the influence of religious belief on political discourse is nothing new. In the Bill of Rights, the very ...

The Santorum Question: Should Theology Affect the Way We Vote?
Originally Posted: 02/21/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

There are some religious beliefs, such as a particular stance on infant baptism, understanding of the Trinity, or belief in what occurs when Christians observe the Lord’s Supper that are significant theologica ...

Wallis and Mohler Debate Social Justice and the Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

The Rev. Jim Wallis and Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, went head to head Thursday night at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School outside Chicago in a debate over the hot ...

The Gospel Should Be Offensive
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:53am | Type: Blog

Before Jesus was born, his mother Mary predicted that he would offend some people. In the Magnificat she sang: "He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the pow ...

Should Worship be Entertaining?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In recent days I've been thinking through with a friend one of the enduring challenges of pastoral and catechetical ministry: how to dispel the notion that worship should be entertaining. ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

A Moral Budget: Politics, Policies, and People
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Several weeks ago (right before I left for my sabbatical), I joined with six other pastors from around the country -- in partnership with Sojourners -- to draft an open letter to Congress and Preside ...

Will Politicians Listen to Pastors?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The way you think and feel about the world is shaped by what you see when you get out of bed in the morning. I remember hearing this from civil rights activists. The way you think ...

Listen to Your Pastors: 4,000 of Them Want a Moral Budget
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:13pm | Type: Blog

As the federal debt ceiling standoff threatens to cause an economic catastrophe for our nation, more than 4,000 pastors across the country are opposing proposed immoral budget cuts that harm the most vulnerabl ...

10 Ways to Revive a Dying Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 2:11pm | Type: Blog

You don't need a ton of proof to know that more and more churches are struggling to survive. It seems churches that are in this predicament have one of two options: revive or die ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Friday Links Round Up: Japan. Pastors. Surfing.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/17/friday-links-round-up-japan-pastors-surfing/" target="_self"></a>Japan. Pastors. Surfing. Here's a little round up of link ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:53pm | Type: Blog

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. We are looking for 1,000 p ...

10 Problems of a Dying Church (and How to Fix Them)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:48pm | Type: Blog

I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church, asking questions about what to do with so many churches dying. I recently wrote a blog about how to kill a dying church ...

A Statement on Sojourners' Mission and LGBTQ Issues
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Some controversy has arisen about an ad campaign that a new coalition wanted to run in Sojourners on the issue of the LGBTQ community and the church. [ Update : For a list of ...

The Elephant in the Sanctuary: Women and Abuse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I concluded my celebration of Women's History Month (March) with a sober realization that the abuse of females is inseparable from the study of women's history.</p> ...

Single Pastors, The Church, and Community
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Recently I found a story about a friend from seminary in <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/us/22pastor.html" target="_blank">New York Times</a></em>. ...

America's Greatest Deficit is Spiritual, Not Merely Financial
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

With all the angst about the economy, the deficit, and a looming government shut-down, I'm still concerned that we're treating symptoms rather than diagnosing the underlying disease. ...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. Congress is working on the federal budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2011. It is now clear tha ...