A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation
This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
This outline of an Ash Wednesday service provides video, prayer, and song suggestions.
Restore the Joy of Salvation
On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits.
Portraits of Prison Ministry
Study guide for a lesson about incarceration, justice, and prison ministry. Includes liturgical elements and reflection questions.
Congregational Ministry to Problem Gamblers
An article about gambling by Deborah Haskins. As congregations become more aware of the spiritual and emotional struggles that gamblers face, they can provide holistic supportive ministries to their members and to the wider community.
Youth Ministry That's More than Fun and Games
In this article, Ken Garfield shares his change in approach to youth ministry, adopting a deeper model aimed at forming young people into devoted disciples.
Spiritual Friendship: Portrait of a Prison Ministry
Article by Dick Allison on prison ministry. If those on the outside are unwilling to be on the receiving end as well as the giving end of the relationship with prisoners, they cannot offer spiritual friendship.
Highlighting Church Ministries
Practical worship planning ideas, a responsive call to worship, and music suggestions for an Economic Justice Sunday worship service that highlights the work of ministries within the Church.
More Relevant than Thou
This article argues for a moratorium on "relevance" in church ministry, suggesting that the desperation to be culturally trendy can easily degenerate into the shedding of the real, solid, indispensable features of the Christian life.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Theology of a Preaching Life
In this interview, Michael Pasquarello considers the role of preaching in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s work, suggesting that was at the very heart of his theology and ministry.