Leadership at the Speed of Change and the Call to Improvise

Brief Reflections on an Awesome Western and Central New York Next Regional Conference by John Wilkinson The second annual Western and Central New York Next Regional Conference was held Monday, […]

Seasick Church

by Mary Harris Todd Lately the story of the storm at sea in Acts 27 has been much on my mind. Paul and his shipmates were caught in a violent […]

Beyond Better Preaching: Stewardship through a Community Organizing Lens

by Andrew Foster-Connors It was high up in the glass-encased office of the CEO of one of Baltimore’s large corporate players that my mind started drifting to stewardship.  It was […]

Back to What’s Next …

by Mary Harris Todd As we discern what’s next for the church, let’s take time to visit our ancestors in faith who struggled to discern what God had in mind […]

The Spirit Comes to Washington… A Reflection on the DC/Richmond Regional Gathering

by Stephen Smith-Cobbs We began out on the side porches of The Church of the Pilgrims with coffee, bagels, and a gentle but persistent breeze that was a portent of […]

The Future of Our Connectionalism

First things first: we hope folks have weathered Sandy OK. Be safe. by Dr. Ed Brenegar As the chair of the Stewardship Committee of my presbytery, I am concerned by […]

Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple… Re-writing the Rhyme

by Ashley-Anne Masters A little rhyme I learned as a child goes like this, “Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people.” […]

Officer Training for the NEXT Church

by Tom Are, Jr. They said “yes,” which is no small thing. They had been asked to serve as Elders in my congregation… a three year commitment. It would mean […]

The Witness of the NEXT Church in an Election Year… and Every Year

By Chris Chakoian Exactly fifty years ago, Karl Barth said “Take your Bible, and your newspaper, and read both” (in Time, 4/20/1962). My guess is today he’d tell us to […]