The first-ever papal visit to Mongolia has drawn attention to the Christian minority in the Buddhist country, where evangelicals are praying for the church to grow and mature.
Pastors with ADHD bring initiative, charisma, and energy to their ministry but can get overwhelmed by the administrative tasks that come with their role.
Researchers in Singapore examine the generational divides in the church, only to find that Gen X is largely missing.
Christians can cultivate masculine virtues amid a culture that has either rejected them or turned them into an exaggerated performance.
Behind the story
From Kate Shellnutt: The pastor who leads my small group is one of those people who is always down to hang. An extrovert with a heart for discipleship, he’s played pickup basketball with at-risk high schoolers, met up for frisbee golf with single guys, and loved having us crowd into his living room for prayer and worship nights.
His face would light up as we came up with ideas for outreach events, but then he’d glance around. Could someone write down the dates? Is it too much on the schedule? Who will get the food and supplies? What would we call it? How would we send out the invites? I’d known him for years before I heard his wife mention his medication—for ADHD. His panic around planning events was because the condition can make it hard to organize tasks.
I had him in mind as I edited a recent article on fellow pastors with ADHD, who bring great energy and encouragement to their ministry but struggle with administrative duties. I hope that featuring these pastors is a reminder to us that what we might see as a frustrating quirk or a weakness in a church leader is actually an invitation to partner and serve together, for “God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Cor. 12:18).
In other news
A Maryland congregation that voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church must raise $4 million to keep its building.
An evangelical group in Japan will no longer call global workers “missionaries.”
A recent survey found that, for the first time, more than half of Church of England priests support same-sex marriage.
Over 150 years after his great-grandfather translated the Gospels, an Indigenous Christian in Canada completed a Mohawk translation of the Bible: “I kept going because when you start something for the Creator, you can’t stop.”