2022-05-18T09:26:00+01:00By Tim Wyatt
The global megachurch has been engulfed by multiple scandals in recent months. As allegations of cover-ups, affairs and inappropriate behaviour do further damage to Hillsong’s reputation, Tim Wyatt asks whether this pre-eminent Christian brand can weather the storm
2022-05-12T10:57:00+01:00By Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
Clergy became essential key workers during the pandemic, tirelessly serving their communities. Now it’s over, let’s not forget that they may need supporting too, says Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
2022-04-29T14:58:00+01:00By Tim Boxer
Find out what happened when a Protestant embarked on a radical Catholic spiritual exercise which promised him freedom from addictions, individualism and pride
2022-04-29T14:21:00+01:00By Dr John Andrews
Following a spate of recent scandals and moral failures involving church leaders, Dr John Andrews considers the possibility of restoration by looking at the biblical example of John Mark
2022-04-26T15:22:00+01:00By Rob Parsons, Care for the Family
Bestselling author Rob Parsons believes Christians are increasingly violating the Church community’s standards with waspish critique and verbal attacks. He explains why we must be wise in how we handle the power of the tongue
2022-04-20T09:41:00+01:00By Mike Leake
While supporting survivors of abuse, pastor Mike Leake found Eugene Peterson’s The Message translation of the Bible instrumental in their healing journey
2022-04-08T16:28:00+01:00By Peter Lynas, Evangelical Alliance
After gay conversion therapy U-turns from the government, high profile debates over transgender athletes and a contentious letter signed by Lord Rowan Williams and other church leaders, Peter Lynas wonders if this was a world changing week
2022-04-06T07:57:00+01:00By Sue Rinaldi
Christine Noble was a gifted and passionate Christian leader who fought for other women to be free in their callings, says Sue Rinaldi
2022-04-05T11:37:00+01:00By Ralph Turner
Gerald Coates’ biographer picks out five life lessons from the Pioneer founder who went to glory at the weekend
2022-03-28T12:10:00+01:00By Andy Peck, The Leadership Show
With just weeks to go, Spring Harvest's CEO tells us how the biggest Easter celebration on the Church’s calendar is set up to bring physical and spiritual refreshment
2022-03-25T12:42:00+00:00By Sarah Yardley
When our leaders fail the pain of disappointment can be hard to bear. Sarah Yardley leads us into lament, and encourages us to look to Jesus to learn the lessons of good leadership
2022-03-24T09:20:00+00:00By Megan Cornwell
A record number of church leaders are thinking about quitting ministry. Megan Cornwell speaks to the pastors experiencing burnout to find out why the spiritual health of the Church is under attack
2022-03-14T15:40:00+00:00By Heather Tomlinson
Bruxy Cavey has admitted infidelity and resigned from leading his Canadian megachurch. But other Christian leaders say his 'confession' does not go far enough. Heather Tomlinson looks at how attitudes are changing when it comes to what constitutes abuse in church settings.
2022-03-14T10:47:00+00:00By Joseph D'Souza, Archbishop of the Good Shepherd Church of India
It’s not enough to sanction the Russian oligarchs, it’s time to put pressure on Putin’s spiritual oligarch too, says Bishop Joseph D’Souza
2022-03-02T12:25:00+00:00By Timothy Sloan, Church leader in Ukraine
Timothy Sloan, an elder in a church in Lutsk, whose Christian community is sheltering from Russian bombs, sends an urgent message
2022-02-23T15:11:00+00:00By Emma Fowle
The straight-talking New York City-based pastor believes there’s a “tremendous opportunity” ahead of him to reach an increasingly secular world
2022-02-23T13:27:00+00:00By Abi Thomas
The journalist and activist was just 19 when an unplanned pregnancy ended in the stillbirth of her daughter. It was an experience that still drives her to tackle inequality wherever she sees it
After losing £50,000, Lord Sugar's first apprentice Tim Campbell MBE was "broken". But then an encounter with God changed everything
2022-02-22T11:00:00+00:00By Sam Hailes
Funerals are one of the most difficult places to share the Gospel, says London City Mission’s Efrem Buckle. Here’s how he approached the task
2022-02-22T11:00:00+00:00By Sam Hailes
Three Christians with the gift of the gab on how you can grow in sharing your faith
2022-02-16T16:50:00+00:00By Matthew Skirton, Operation Mobilisation
Operation Mobilisation (OM) has changed their approach to mission. Their CEO explains why
2022-02-01T13:23:00+00:00By Darrell E. Hall
If the Church wants to reach the missing generations, it needs to learn from the science, says Darrell Hall. Truly intergenerational churches are not silos but families that are equally represented, and equally invested in
2022-02-01T13:16:00+00:00By Mike Wallbridge
Too many of us have made ministry into an idol, argues Mike Wallbridge. Here’s how we can put our priorities back in order
2022-01-27T14:12:00+00:00By Tim Wyatt
How should churches respond when the press uncovers scandals about them? We speak to the PRs hired to help Christians cope with negative news coverage
2022-01-27T10:39:00+00:00By Emma Fowle
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Rachel Gardner says discussing sex may make us squirm, but not talking about it is far worse
2022-01-20T09:42:00+00:00By Andy Kind, Preacher and comedian (Promedian)
US pastor Mike Todd has apologised after he received backlash for rubbing saliva in his brother’s eyes during a sermon. The preacher was trying to make the story of Christ healing a blind man "come alive”, but Andy Kind says there are better ways of getting your point across
2022-01-19T09:27:00+00:00By Marksteen Adamson, Artist
‘Wonder Boy’ has just been nominated for the prestigious Portrait of Britain award.
2021-12-22T09:08:00+00:00By Paul Friend
Record numbers of church leaders are considering quitting. When we’re tempted to complain, here’s some things to try and avoid
2021-12-16T20:27:00+00:00By Marcus Jones
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s Christian faith has sustained him throughout his political career. But with an impending appointment to the nation’s highest political office, Northern Ireland’s longest-serving MP may still have his biggest challenge ahead
2021-11-26T16:41:00+00:00By Jeff Lucas
A couple of weeks ago, two nice chaps stopped by our home and promptly set fire to it. Which was rude.
2021-11-23T15:19:00+00:00By Krish Kandiah
Reading has been in decline for decades, with social media, Netflix and video games competing for our attention. There’s also a gender divide. The Telegraph recently reported that men are twice as likely not to read books at all. Krish Kandiah explains why he believes reading good books should be a priority for every Christian
2021-10-25T12:52:00+01:00By Andy Peck
We review Justyn Terry’s ‘The Five Phases of Leadership’
2021-10-07T08:41:00+01:00By Emma Fowle
The Making of Biblical Womanhood argues that Christians have distorted key verses and even written women out of Bible translations to justify their position
2021-08-24T11:49:00+01:00By Peter Lupson
It’s 150 years since William Hartley established a brand of jam that is still the market leader in the UK today
The co-founder of Mumsnet shares her insights on faith, leadership and work-life balance
2021-07-29T14:13:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
The Mayor of Bristol tells Sam Hailes how the parable of the talents is inspiring him to fight poverty, and why he no longer views doubt as a dirty word
2021-06-30T19:51:00+01:00By Jonty Langley
Hundreds of Glaswegians surround an immigration enforcement van, defying the authorities, demanding that the people inside be allowed to return to their homes. The crowd chants: “These are our neighbours!”
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?
2021-05-04T14:09:00+01:00By Dave Roberts
Respected leaders in the American Church were convinced God had told them Donald Trump would be re-elected president. Dave Roberts analyses why so many got it wrong, and seeks trusted voices to help us understand the role of the prophetic today
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
2019-08-02T00:00:00+01:00By Billy Kennedy, Pioneer Network
Earlier this week, the US-based Christian author and former pastor Joshua Harris announced he was no longer a Christian. In a statement Harris said: "The popular phrase for this is ‘deconstruction,’ the biblical phrase is ‘falling away’". Billy Kennedy, who leads the Pioneer network of churches, says he's observed an increase in the number of UK Christian leaders going through similar experiences
Christopher Ash gives five ways that congregations can protect their pastor from burning out
2016-08-20T00:00:00+01:00By Heather Tomlinson
How should we respond when our pastors 'fall from grace'? Heather Tomlinson investigates
In the first of a two-part series, futurologist Tom Sine explains why the UK Church needs to prioritise engagement with young millennials
2016-06-16T00:00:00+01:00By Sam Hailes
Have reports of the Church of England’s imminent death been greatly exaggerated? Sam Hailes investigates the successes of church plants in urban areas
If we viewed the Church as a family tree, we might experience a new unity, says Dave Nevins
The lack of female speakers at Christian events is evidence of gender injustice in the Church says Natalie Collins
2016-02-11T00:00:00+00:00By Lucinda van der Hart
Leaders need the right team around them. Lucinda van der Hart investigates whether personality profiling tools can help
2015-01-07T00:00:00+00:00By Lucinda van der Hart
UK theological education has undergone a raft of changes in the past century. But if our Bible colleges are to continue to win, train and send out the church leaders of tomorrow, there will be more change ahead.
2014-12-16T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
We’re all familiar with statistics that decry the declining UK Church, but many local churches are bucking the trend. Justin Brierley investigates what has made the difference for those whose churches are bursting at the seams.
Accountability seems to have gone out of fashion in church circles. Claire Musters explores whether the practice has become obsolete.
How should a church be governed? We examine how churches across the denominations resolve this issue.
The husband of one of our senior elders has been arrested for high-level business fraud. The local papers ran the story and pointed out that his lifestyle was well above his apparent pay grade. The insinuation is that his family must have realised that something illegal was going on. When I challenged the elder on this, she denied all knowledge of his wrongdoing. But people in the church are unconvinced by her protestations of innocence. What should I do?
2014-03-05T00:00:00+00:00By Ruth Garner
The dream of many is celebrity. But is the lure of fame and fortune winning out over kingdom-building and serving God? On Sunday 23 June, a previously unknown Anglican priest ended an otherwise normal wedding by instigating an upbeat dancing flashmob. The video went viral, topping the ‘most watched’ video charts and Kate Bottley briefly became a ‘name’, in some households at least.
Is there a future for the Anglican Church based on the training of those who will lead her? Sally Hitchiner, currently training for ordination, investigates.
John Allan unpacks the pros and cons of adopting a multi-site church model.
2014-02-05T00:00:00+00:00By Justin Brierley
Clover Creek Bible Fellowship was once a conservative evangelical church in which solid biblical teaching was the bedrock of the ministry. So how did pastor Mike Riches cope when his congregation suddenly started reporting miraculous healings, prophetic words and angelic visitations?
If Moses were alive today would he use stone tablets or a PDA? Bradley Mason looks at how technology can help or hinder your church ministry.
In London the majority of church attenders are black. Jonathan Oloyede examines the growing impact that Black Majority Churches (BMC's) are making around the UK.
Black church leaders attend one conference, white church leaders a different one - not good. Jonathan Oloyede challenges the status quo and suggests practical ways bridges can be built between majority black and white congregations and leaders.
2014-01-27T00:00:00+00:00By Andy Peck
A century ago the UK was one of the biggest missionary sending nations. Andy Peck introduces us to the new missionary giants such as the Philippines, where a small army of Christian chambermaids use every opportunity to share their faith in the Middle East.
A growing range of ministries claim to be 'emerging church' including: youth church, prayer monasteries, church in an office, pub or coffee shop. Some argue that emerging church is just the latest evangelical obsession. We've had cells, seeker friendly services, gold teeth – is emerging church another passing trend or might it help turn the tide on church decline? Steve Adams investigates.
2014-01-27T00:00:00+00:00By Andy Peck
Some believe them to be the greatest challenge to mainstream churches, since the birth of the Charismatic movement. But do the writers and thinkers behind emerging church have things to teach us? Or should we be wary of their approach? Andy Peck investigates.
How do you recognise spiritual abuse? What are the causes and effects, and what practical steps can a victim take?
2014-01-26T00:00:00+00:00By Andy Peck
They are the most successful part of the UK church in the last generation, but are the New Church streams flowing to stagnant pools or refreshing rivers? Andy Peck talks to those inside and outside the New Church movement about what the future holds.
2014-01-26T00:00:00+00:00By Andy Peck
He's probably the best-loved evangelist to visit our shores, certainly the most famous. As Billy Graham hands over the leadership of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to his son Franklin, Andy Peck asks how he will be remembered.