Articles by Lawrence Downing
How do you go about the important task of deciding what you will preach on? Last-minute decisions not only add to the stress you must carry, but also are likely to result in an unbalanced spiritual diet for your congregation. In this article) Lawrence Downing relates the various approaches he has tried and tells what works for him.
What is the conference administrator's role? More specifically, how should he relate to the churches and their pastors in the area in which he works? A pastor gives his perspective on the characteristics, attitudes, and skills that a conference administrator needs to bring out the best in those he leads.
Cutting edges. Controversies. Challenges. Creative energies. They suggest exciting possibilities I Jesus handled them all well. The author of this Viewpoint suggests that in recent times our church has quite literally experienced mixed success in dealing with them. What do you think?
If you've ever watched in frustration as a lay leader became less and less involved, and finally faded from the scene, perhaps meaningful involvement was what was missing. How is your church's involvement quotient?
Have you taken the pulse of your Sabbath school lately? Does its condition worry you? Have you thought of what a Christian education specialist might do for your Sabbath school? What about trying a Sister Church program?
If your board is suffering from the church board blahs, an annual planning session can add new life to your meetings.
Does God Call Women?
"An House of Prayer for All People" is more than a slogan.
Legitimate adaptation of corporate management principles to church leadership
There's no denying the fact that many pastors face sexual temptation. How does one recognize the warning signs? What can be done about it?
How the established church views and deals with those who are controversially innovative.
Motivating, organizing, and properly utilizing volunteers in the church
How one church coped with a major tragedy
A story of how one church was transformed from an institutional church to an urban parish. And what that meant for the community.