How Online Churches Boost Members’ Engagement

How Online Churches Boost Members’ Engagement

Does your worship space open to the street or the parking lot? While walking my dog, I noticed the church buildings in my neighborhood all seemed to have been built in one of two ways; they either have their main entrances facing the street or facing the parking lot...
How Our Church Will Change After COVID-19

How Our Church Will Change After COVID-19

The abstract expressionist painter, Willem de Kooning, said, “I have to change to stay the same.” That could be said about our bodies, which undergo an ongoing cellular renewal process, or it could be said of our church bodies, which should be undergoing an ongoing...
Pandemic Gave Mosque Unique Challenges

Pandemic Gave Mosque Unique Challenges

Preaching is difficult in an empty sanctuary. It’s even more difficult to get used to speaking to a screen and looking into a camera instead of faces. Seminary did not have a class on how to minister in a pandemic. Finding ways to connect to our faith communities...
Why True Freedom Actually Constrains You

Why True Freedom Actually Constrains You

The purpose of July 4 is not to provide an excuse to watch fireworks and eat hot dogs, though many of us did so earlier this week. It’s meant to commemorate the efforts of the 13 colonies to win their freedom from what was perceived to be arbitrary, despotic political...
As Your Church Regathers, What’s Next?

As Your Church Regathers, What’s Next?

The regathering of our churches for worship and other ministries has been a source of relief, a reason for gratitude and a cause for celebration. During a long season of necessary isolation from one another, we’ve realized how crucial our physical presence with one...