We need you to help us brainstorm. We need your concrete suggestions, wild ideas, proven techniques and creative thoughts. Christian Leaders and their families are generally isolated and untouched by those they serve. Our expectations are high for pastors, their wives and their children. Our day to day service to them is usually inconsistent, small […]
I have only heard Gordon MacDonald speak one time. It was in the early summer of 1988. His talk encouraged me emotionally during a very painful period in my private life. His subject? The Private Life of the Public Person. I identified profoundly with him because my secret struggles were just surfacing. After he spoke […]
by Dale O. Wolery and Dale S. Ryan It doesn’t seem that complicated. He is drowning, arms flailing. Throw him a rope. If he grabs the rope. Pull him out. Simple. Rescue complete. But in real life it seldom works that simply. There are complications. Lots of them.
by Dale S. Ryan I remember a conversation that my wife and I had as we approached the close of my seminary education. We spent long hours talking about post-seminary options, trying to discern what would be best, waiting for wisdom. I remember distinctly a moment when I summarized my desires something like this: “All […]
The church is wrestling for its very life. Its position of influence in the world is slipping dramatically. Church Resource Ministries reports no county in the United States experienced overall church attendance increase during the 1990’s. The Barna Research Group reports church attendance in Protestant churches decreased 12 percent from 1992 to 1999. Large churches […]