Overweight Clergy

Recent research shows that most clergy in the United States are overweight. In blog posts on Beyond the Ordinary, Cynthia Woolever (2010) and Joelle Kopacz (2012) share how pastors fare when compared to the population as a whole. Woolever relates how senior or solo pastors fare compared to the population: 77% of American male senior or solo pastors compared to 72% of all American males BMI (Body Mass Index) is high enough to be considered overweight 76% of American female senior or solo Read More …

Review of The Church and New Media

Meet the Authors Brandon Vogt is a Catholic layperson who blogs about theology, technology, social justice and books at ThinVeil.net.  Vogt contributes the text's introduction and conclusion while relying on authors with varied backgrounds and expertise to contribute the chapters:  Father Robert Barron, Jennifer Fulwiler, Marcel LeJeune, Mark P. Shea, Taylor Marshall, Father Dwight Longenecker, Scot Landry, Matt Warner, Lisa M. Hendey, Thomas Peters, Shawn Carney.  Additionally, the book Read More …

The Introverted Ministry Leader

Adam S. McHugh, Presbyterian pastor and author of Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture (2009), wrote an article in the Summer 2011 edition of Leadership Journal about introverted leaders that included these words: . . . in more than a decade of Christian leadership I have come to see the significant contributions introverts make to others and have learned effective introverted models of leadership.  So we must distinguish between our energy level for a task and Read More …

Review of I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Christian . . .

Meet the Author Rubel Shelly is the President of Rochester College (Rochester, MI), a school affiliated with a student body of approximately 900.  Previously, he served as the Senior Minister of Woodmont Hills (Nashville, TN) from 1978 to 2005.  Shelly is the author or co-author of over 30 books including The Jesus Proposal: A Theological Framework for Maintaining the Unity of the Body of Christ (2006 with John O. York), What Would Jesus Do Today (2008 with Mike Cope), and  I Knew Jesus Read More …

Viral Misattribution

On Sunday night, an unusual name appeared on my Twitter stream: Osama bin Laden.  Through a number of tweets I learned that the United States military had killed this terrorist and of President Obama's televised address. On Monday morning I found myself paying less attention to social media than I normally do after experiencing several friends who were using uncharacteristically strong language of patriotism and of faith. Later that day, I noticed that a number of friends had posted the same Read More …

Should Clergy-Scholars Lead the Church?

Donald Miller is the author of several books including A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing my Life (2009) and Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality (2003).  To connect with him,  read his blog, like him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter. Earlier this month he posted, "Should the Church be Led by Teachers and Scholars?"  In the article he questions the centuries old norm of the church being led by clergy scholars who possess academic Read More …

Should Clergy Act More Like Nurses?

Gallup has conducted an Honesty and Ethics survey since 1976.  The survey has been conducted on an annual basis since 1991.  Nurses were added to the list of professions included in the survey in 1999 and  have been rated as the most honest and ethical every year since except 2001.  Shown below in the form of a bar graph are the results of the 2010 survey: So What? In 2010, clergy ranked 7th among the professions surveyed. Just over half (53%) of all respondents rated the honesty and Read More …