2021-08-05T19:30:00+01:00By Paul Friend
Low pay, short term contracts and heavy recruitment into church leadership and adult ministry is resulting in a critical shortage of youth and children’s workers says Paul Friend of South West Youth Ministries. But who is to blame and what can we do about it?
The co-founder of Mumsnet shares her insights on faith, leadership and work-life balance
2021-07-27T16:18:00+01:00By Megan Wilkie
The number of children being educated at home has risen by 75% this academic year, with "Covid anxiety" being listed among the reasons. Megan Wilkie, who recently took her daughter out of school, tells us about the highs and lows of being a Christian home educator
2021-07-07T12:02:00+01:00By Dr Ian Paul
Last week the Methodist Church affirmed the status of cohabitation. Many Christians have assumed the Bible forbids sex outside of marriage. But what do the texts actually say?
2021-06-30T11:21:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
Christians are twice as likely to adopt than the general population, but thousands of children are still in need of a safe, stable home. Emma Fowle explains how every Christian can help create an environment where children can thrive
2021-06-07T11:09:00+01:00By Krish Kandiah
Everyone should watch this film, says Krish Kandiah
2021-05-25T12:59:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
Even prior to Covid-19, the number of children and teenagers attending church services in the UK was in steep decline. But after a year like no other, is the answer going back to the way we’ve always done things, or is it time for a fresh approach?
2021-05-17T18:19:00+01:00By Jamie Cutteridge
With just 10 days to go until the Friends reunion, Jamie Cutteridge considers how the show has connected with young and old alike, and what Christians can take away from it
2021-04-29T09:54:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
An estimated 127,000 weddings were cancelled last year, as couples chose to postpone their nuptials in the face of ever-tightening Covid-19 restrictions. But speaking ahead of National Marriage Week, Charlie and Emily explain how their Christian faith inspired them to go ahead with their special day
2021-04-28T13:10:00+01:00By Claire Musters
After a period of separation, Claire and Steve Musters were determined to make their marriage work. During a time of rebuilding, they were challenged by their marriage counsellors to think back to what drew them together in the first place. They realised many of their ideas about marriage had been fuelled by cultural rather than biblical ideals – and they don’t think they are the only ones…
2021-04-28T12:44:00+01:00By Dr Gary Chapman
Dr Gary Chapman may have written bestselling books on marriage, but the early years of his own relationship were a mess. Here he reveals how God challenged him to change his attitude towards his wife – and what a difference that made
2020-10-26T00:00:00+00:00By Ruth Jackson
A prophetic word at Soul Survivor inspired the then-teenage Gemma Hunt to pursue a career in the media. She has gone on to front CBeebies’ Swashbuckle, BBC One’s Songs of Praise and even the Alpha film series
2020-03-20T00:00:00+00:00By Jessica Lester
Known as ‘Napalm Girl’, Kim Phuc is recognised globally as the nine-year-old running from a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. The image was recently voted the most iconic photo of all time. Kim explains why practising forgiveness can be transformational
Jesus wasn’t on Jodi Jackson’s radar until she was invited to a Christian alternative to Halloween. Two years later, she can’t stop praying
2019-09-20T00:00:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
As his long-running Premier Christianity column draws to a close, Rob Parsons chats about his ministry with Care for the Family, the disruptive nature of technology and the power of vulnerability
2018-08-22T00:00:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
The popular speaker, youth worker and campaigner also known as the 'God Sex Lady' tells Sam Hailes why courage is more important than confidence
The Jews of Jesus’ day devised a clever way to encourage marital faithfulness. Should the Church implement something similar?
Authentic faith and effective evangelism require the courage and compassion to invest in deep relationships. I thought StoryHouse, our new missional coffee shop, was good at this, but now I realise we’re still amateurs.
The elderly are often overlooked by the Church. But running a memory café for people with dementia has led to a rebirth of Rev Steve Morris’ congregation. He explains how every church can help combat loneliness
I still remember the advice given to my wife and I by a parenting expert many years ago: “Catch them doing something right.” He was particularly talking about the more testing child who is generally only used to negative comments: “Don’t hit your sister!”, “Don’t gobble your food!”, “Don’t speak ...