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Few Protestant Pastors, Churches Prioritize Prison Ministries

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Most Protestant pastors go to jail, at least for a visit, and want to help prisoners and their families. But their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. Those are among the findings of a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from Nashville-based… [Read More]
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Survey: Few Pastors Say Adulterous Ministers Should Face Permanent Ban From Pulpit

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Half of Protestant pastors say their colleagues should step down from the pulpit for a time if they are accused of misconduct. Most say such accusations should be kept in confidence until proven. And few think pastors who commit adultery should be permanently banned from ministry. Those are among the findings… [Read More]
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Pastors: The End of the World is Complicated

By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse. A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin. About half think a false messiah known as the… [Read More]

The Exchange Show

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Stephan Bauman–Seeking Refuge

This week on The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, Stephan Bauman, President of World Relief and Author, Seeking Refuge, discusses global immigrant crises and the church’s response. World Relief is an international relief and development agency, founded in 1944 as the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. …read more From:: The Exchange [Read More]
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How Would Jesus Vote? Darrell Bock–The Exchange Podcast #130

On this podcast episode of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, Dr. Darrell Bock, the Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and the host of The Table Podcast, discussed American politics and try and answer the question, “How would Jesus Vote?” …read more From:: The… [Read More]
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How Would Jesus Vote?–Darrell Bock

On this episode of The Exchange, Ed Stetzer is joined by Dr. Darrell Bock, the Executive Director of Cultural Engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary and host of The Table Podcast. He and Ed discuss politics and try and answer the question, “How would Jesus Vote?” Also, Pastor JD Greear encourages and instructs us how to… [Read More]

Facts & Trends

Can Small Be Healthy?

By Ed Stetzer Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better, but that’s not necessarily the case. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, instead of biblical ones. While we often pull our cultural values into our measuring grid for success, size is…

The Immigration Crisis and the Great Commission

By Ed Stetzer Nothing describes the current global immigration situation better than the word “crisis.” More people are migrating today than at any other time in history. In many cases, this is not migration for new opportunities but is driven by warfare or deep poverty. It would be difficult to exaggerate the severity of this…

5 Essential Elements of Transformational Small Groups

by Ed Stetzer Transformational discipleship involves moving people from sitting in rows, where they are simply in proximity to one another, to sitting in circles. From there, they move into community with one another. When Eric Geiger and I were writing Transformational Groups, we studied 2,300 churches sponsored by 15 denominations. Fewer than half of…