No single size or shape fits ministry to all older adults

Church and denominational leaders are beginning to understand older adults cannot be categorized as a single unit, and a one-size-fits-all ministry will not meet needs.

Challenge for churches: How to care for caregivers

As churches minister to the most elderly and infirm among members, some also seek ways to serve their caregivers—often family members—who often labor around the clock.

What makes ministry to older adults more effective?

Ministry to older adults must take many forms, depending upon the make-up of the group a church is trying to reach. As the U.S. population ages, congregations will have even more opportunities to engage older adults.

Churches seek to minister to Boomers

Jan. 1 not only marked the beginning of a new year, but also saw the first Baby Boomers turn 65 years old. And congregations face the evolving challenge of finding ways to minister with and to them.

Application of ethical principles changing, biomedical ethicist insists

At least three factors increasingly will shape applied biomedical ethics in the 21st century—globalization, transformative new scientific advances and recognition of human limitation and finitude, according to Baruch Brody, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Public Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.

Faith Digest

Four in 10 Americans believe God created humans in something like their present form within the last 10,000 years, a recent Gallup Poll revealed.

Actress pushes churches to reach out to prisoners

Jesus said to love thy neighbor, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the prisoners. So why do so many churches have such a hard time with that last one? Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, for one, is waiting for a good answer.

Line between inspiration and insanity may be narrow

Historic figures who started new religious movements—including Martin Luther,  Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy and Ellen White, as well as Jim Jones of the People’s Temple and David Koresh of the Branch Davidians—were viewed by outsiders as delusional. The question is: How can you tell?

Former Point of Grace member wants to share legacy of hymns

Since retiring from the contemporary Christian group Point of Grace in 2008, Heather Payne has had her hands full raising four young children and serving in various ministries at First Baptist Church in Fisherville, Ky., where her husband, Brian, is pastor.

Academy for Spiritual Formation blends learning, discipline, community

Growing up in a Baptist church and later working part-time as a youth minister, Johnny Sears--director of the  Academy for Spiritual Formatio-- believed his faith had to go deeper than a set of beliefs or activities.

Life coaching makes its way into churches

Career coaching has been around in the business field for decades. More recently, it spun off a concept of life coaching. Now, the coaching concept is starting to make its impact in churches.

Tiny heart touches the hearts of thousands

Bowen Hammitt, son of lead singer Matt Hammitt of the Christian rock band Sanctus Real, his wife, Sarah, was born Sept. 9 with a serious and rare heart defect. The family's personal drama captured national attention and opened doors to share Christ’s love.


Iron sharpens iron: Mentoring offers support

While a seminary degree can be an important component of a pastor’s toolbox, relationships with other pastors can be just as important—if not more so.

'Heaven's Rain' producer talks about forgiveness on NBC

A former Oklahoma state senator turned Hollywood filmmaker who plays his father in a new movie said a scene re-enacting his parents' murder 31 years ago was harder than he expected but worth it.


For 2010 top religion stories, a major case of deja vu

The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002. For the second time in a decade, charges of child molestation at the hands of Catholic priests dominated headlines—this time reaching the highest levels of the Vatican, as critics questioned whether Benedict himself mishandled abuse cases. The Roman Catholic Church wasn’t the only institution battling a sense of deja vu, as some of the most controversial religion stories from the past 20 years returned to the headlines.
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