• Seven Minutes away from Success

    Seven Minutes away from Success

    The last several weeks I’ve been a church visitor. Vivian and I moved to a new town 90 minutes away. This is the first time in 30 years of marriage that we’ve moved without a church waiting to receive us as a pastor’s family. We’ve been to six churches so far. The churches know we […]Read More »
  • Are You Offering Opportunities or Invitation?

    Are You Offering Opportunities or Invitation?

    We swim in a sea of opportunity today. Our cell phone has access to 1,800 new hours of video on YouTube every breath we take. Our social media feeds have sophisticated algorithms to limit the flood of meal pics and selfies that our thousands of “friends” post every second. Corporations and non-profits have content push […]Read More »
  • Two Ways to Crowd-Source Your Mission

    Two Ways to Crowd-Source Your Mission

    One of my colleagues asked me about crowd-sourcing ministry needs through a Kickstarter type of web site. I agreed to look into it and publish the results. I only found two platforms that seem to have good track records for churches and ministry needs. There are quite a few other sites out there, but they have […]Read More »
  • Seven Things Wesley Expected Every Preacher to Do with Children

    Seven Things Wesley Expected Every Preacher to Do with Children

    Thanks to Chris Ritter for reminding us of these instructions from John Wesley and for translating them for the present day. *WHERE there are ten children in a Society, we must meet them at least an hour every week; talk with them whenever we see any of them at home; pray in earnest for them ; diligently […]Read More »
  • What if you asked your mission field?

    What if you asked your mission field?

    Marriott Hotels are predictable, safe places to stay, right? Hardly a brand known for innovation, Marriott is shaking things up in some innovation zones. Here is an example: The staff at the Budapest Marriott noticed that there was a large empty space in the hotel with an excellent view of the Danube River—and that the […]Read More »
  • Cotton Anniversary

    Cotton Anniversary

    Today marks the second year since God led me into a new ministry and it continues to be an incredible, deeply rewarding journey. Thank you to Vivian for saying “This is definitely what you need to do.”  Thank you to my friends and supporters for your diligent prayers. Thank you to my board members and for […]Read More »
  • A Prayer for Those Starting Their First Job

    A Prayer for Those Starting Their First Job

    Thousands of young adults are starting their first job and some are starting their first living wage job. Here is a prayer for them. Creator God who gave us hands to grasp, arms to lift, eyes to see and legs to go, bless our dear friend who begins a new work today. Give her (him) […]Read More »
  • Fixing Appointments

    Fixing Appointments

    “Nothing can help a church as much as a good appointment,” a Bishop once said to me. I agree. But not in the way that the Bishop meant. As this United Methodist appointment season spins towards its conclusion and conferences aim toward the moment when the appointments are “fixed,” there is a stronger meaning of […]Read More »
  • Put Your Mark on the Atlas of Upward Mobility

    Put Your Mark on the Atlas of Upward Mobility

    Mecklenburg County, NC is one of the most difficult places in the US for children to rise out of poverty.  If your church wants to change the world, start with the children.  According to a new study, places that offer a better chance to rise from poverty…”tend to share several traits, Mr. Hendren said. They […]Read More »