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ministry of the laity

Harking back a few years, the Wesley Bros look at the idea that all Christians are ministers with varying roles and responsibilities. Read more

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Suffering

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Whether clergy or laity, Christians who engage in ministries of caring will find they need a solid spiritual grounding in order to "suffer with" those they help, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith

Now's the time for United Methodists to focus on research and development in congregations, says the Rev. Ben Gosden, who offers five ways for local churches to put new ideas to work immediately. Read more

Local Church

The former General Board of Discipleship has adopted a new name that its new top executive, the Rev. Timothy Bias, says more accurately reflects what it does. Read more

Local Church

5 Things the Church Should Stop for Lent

Rather than sacrificing sweets or social media, the Rev. Ben Gosden has a list of things the institutional church should stop doing for Lent ... and maybe permanently. Read more

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Trying to see Christ in everyone, even when the image of God seems absent, helps to foster unity and spread the Holy Spirit's gifts, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Perspectives Archive

An expert on making disciples, the Rev. Dan R. Dick contends that The United Methodist Church's woes could be solved if pastors focused at least half their time in developing laypeople's abilities to share their faith. Read more

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Gleaning at General Conference

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Being a lay Christian brings greater freedom and power to do God's work in the world than does ordained ministry, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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