What does it mean to pastor purple in red and blue churches?
Rising partisanship in our country has made finding common ground difficult. A recent study found that Methodism is one of America’s most politically divided denominations, with both congregants and their pastors roughly split between the Democratic and Republican Parties. This makes the work of a pastor – a spiritual leader to everyone in their pews – hard. Navigating those tensions and modeling new ways of remaining in relationship with those we disagree is not for the weak of heart. Pastoring in Partisan Times seeks to gain insight into pastoring purple in red and blue churches.
- Church Should Be a Sanctuary for Difficult Conversations, Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
- 4 Opportunities for the Church in the Current Political Tension, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
- Pastoring in Partisan Times, Jim Simpson of the Missouri Annual Conference
- How One Pastor Is Bridging the Partisan Divide, The Atlantic
- How to Be a Purple Church in a Red State, The Christian Century
- 4 Tips on Preaching on Politically Charged Topics, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli for Lewis Center for Church Leadership
- Political Polarization in the American Public: How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life, Pew Research Center
- Mega Church And Mega Issues: Pastor Adam Hamilton, Interview with WAMU’s 1A