Pastoring in partisan times

Four church leaders share how preachers can keep worship holy in today’s highly polarized times.

There has been much discussion about how people seemed to have become more entrenched in polarized viewpoints regarding politics issues. When the people on opposite ends of the spectrum come together on Sunday morning, it can be challenging waters for the preacher to navigate in order to make worship the holy experience it is intended to be.

The Missouri Conference offered a series of webinars, facilitated by Director of Connectional Ministries Kim Jenne, in the fall of 2017 to give experts the opportunity to offer advice on pastoring in partisan times. Fred Koenig, the Missouri Conference Publications Editor, summarizes the wisdom offered by:


  • Mike McCurry, director of the Center for Public Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary and former White House Press Secretary (1995–1998);
  • Dr. Leah Gunning-Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Christian Theological Seminary;
  • Rev. Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas; and
  • Rev. David Gushee, director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.






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