Ken Walker

An experienced freelance writer, co-author and book editor, Ken Walker edits blogs for several contributors to Church Central and has coached various bloggers for the site. A member of the Christian PEN (Proofreaders and Editors Network), he has co-authored, edited or contributed to more than 50 books. You can see samples of his work or ask about his services as a writing coach by going to http://www.KenWalkerWriter.com or by e-mailing kenwalker33@gmail.com.

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The worldwide Church is growing

The latest “Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches” reports a troubling decline in the United States’ two largest church bodies—the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention. However, it helps to remember that God is still active throughout the world, which consultant Reggie McNeal brought out in a recent ...
March 05, 2009   Ken Walker

Delegating may help reduce overwork

On his LinkedIn forum recently, Publisher Tom Harper posed the question of whether—as he does—leaders have trouble slowing down. That prompted an interesting response from one pastor who juggles multiple responsibilities, but after experiencing health problems four years ago learned to delegate. Such a step may help other pastors reduce ...
February 24, 2009   Ken Walker

What would your church do with millions?

Deciding what your church would do if it received a million-dollar gift became reality recently for a church in western Pennsylvania. However, thinking a sizable bequest would solve all your church’s problems may be wishful thinking. In addition, it should cause all churches to decide whether they would spend the ...
February 18, 2009   Ken Walker

Connecting with young adults could stem the exodus

Stemming the church drop-out rate among those 18 to 22 is one of the problems confronting today’s Church. Pastors and consultants point to several ways of retaining young adults, including more adult investment in their lives, greater biblical depth and relational connections. In addition, the success of a Seattle megachurch ...
January 28, 2009   Ken Walker

Lessons from the inauguration debate

While President Barrack Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration will be an historic occasion, the delivery of the invocation prayer by well-known evangelical Pastor Rick Warren is also stirring attention. Despite criticism from people on both sides of the aisle, Warren’s attempts to model civility with someone he doesn’t agree with on ...
January 04, 2009   Ken Walker

What do Jesus thieves get for Christmas?

After its baby Jesus was stolen from a display at the community center, a town in Florida turned to a Global Positioning System device to catch the thief the next time it happened. Other churches accepted a security company’s offer of free tracking of its sacred objects during December. However, ...
December 18, 2008   Ken Walker

Adjusting to the money pinch

American churches could face the loss of several billion dollars in donations because of the economic downturn, according to a recent forecast from The Barna Group. Such decreased giving could force churches to develop austere budgets heading into 2009. Yet from this pinch can emerge valuable lessons about sacrificial giving ...
December 08, 2008   Ken Walker

Churches can show the way to giving thanks

Amid recent stock market tumbles and predictions of increased unemployment, this Thanksgiving many people may wonder why they should give thanks. Still, experience shows these are the times when the Church can make a dramatic difference in people’s lives by offering them tangible assistance and words of hope.
November 13, 2008   Ken Walker

Consider the issues before preaching about politics

The Church is taking a higher profile than ever in the political arena, as evidenced by two new books about contenders on the presidential ballot. However, a recent survey shows a slight majority of Christians think the Church should stay out of politics. Before preaching any politically-oriented sermons this fall, ...
October 23, 2008   Ken Walker

Films about God: Using scripts for scriptural purposes

Two movies with positive messages about God are drawing strong audiences. Also popular is a new film that mocks people from a variety of faiths. Yet, just as best-selling books on atheism have sparked increased interest in apologetics, even a film mocking faith is likely to stir up more interest ...
October 12, 2008   Ken Walker

Reflections on 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday'

A Christian legal issues group promoted Sunday for preaching sermons opposing certain candidates whose stances allegedly conflict with scripture. The campaign stirred up opposition, but ultimately less than three dozen churches participated. That may be a good thing, since the campaign went too far in crossing the fine line dividing ...
September 28, 2008   Ken Walker

Reflections on 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday'

A Christian legal issues group promoted Sunday for preaching sermons opposing certain candidates whose stances allegedly conflict with scripture. The campaign stirred up opposition, but ultimately less than three dozen churches participated. That may be a good thing, since the campaign went too far in crossing the fine line dividing ...
September 28, 2008   Ken Walker

Is "The Shack" an opportunity or a heresy?

A novel published by a company so small it initially shipped copies from the co-founder's garage has sold more than a million copies. Despite "The Shack's" popularity, many have criticized it as heresy and unscriptural. However, rather than joining such debates, pastors and church leaders should recognize the book presents ...
August 24, 2008   Ken Walker

Is "The Shack" an opportunity or a heresy?

A novel published by a company so small it initially shipped copies from the co-founder's garage has sold more than a million copies. Despite "The Shack's" popularity, many have criticized it as heresy and unscriptural. However, rather than joining such debates, pastors and church leaders should recognize the book presents ...
August 24, 2008   Ken Walker

Saddleback's political forum forges new trail along church and state line

The influential Saddleback Church will thrust the Church as a whole into the limelight soon with a forum featuring presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain. Regardless of how pastors view this event, it may well spark questions from church goers about their political views. Church leaders need to decide ...
August 04, 2008   Ken Walker

Saddleback's political forum forges new trail along church and state line

The influential Saddleback Church will thrust the Church as a whole into the limelight soon with a forum featuring presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain. Regardless of how pastors view this event, it may well spark questions from church goers about their political views. Church leaders need to decide ...
August 04, 2008   Ken Walker

Church attendance can strengthen society

A report from the Center for Marriage and Families shows that regular church attendance has numerous benefits for individuals and society, such as happier marriages, decreased divorce rates and improved social stability. This is the kind of good news that deserves to be spotlighted from pulpits, whether inside the Church ...
July 27, 2008   Ken Walker

Church attendance can strengthen society

A report from the Center for Marriage and Families shows that regular church attendance has numerous benefits for individuals and society, such as happier marriages, decreased divorce rates and improved social stability. This is the kind of good news that deserves to be spotlighted from pulpits, whether inside the Church ...
July 27, 2008   Ken Walker

Defining church membership not an easy task

There is generally a gap between church membership and average weekly attendance. At its annual meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution calling on its churches to practice regenerate church membership and repent of failures to live up to that commitment. However, in a rapidly-changing social environment, will such ...
July 21, 2008   Ken Walker

Defining church membership not an easy task

There is generally a gap between church membership and average weekly attendance. At its annual meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution calling on its churches to practice regenerate church membership and repent of failures to live up to that commitment. However, in a rapidly-changing social environment, will such ...
July 21, 2008   Ken Walker

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