• 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 »
  • Stop Trying to Make the Church Cool

    Stop Trying to Make the Church Cool

    Great article from Rachel Held Evans in the Washington Post: I do not want to be the target of anyone’s marketing. I want to be asked to participate in the life of an ancient-future community… Read more  Read More »
  • Upgrading Your Space by Moving Out

    Upgrading Your Space by Moving Out

    Many churches are wrestling with space that has outlived its expiration date. Designed for a previous era, it becomes a constant distraction from the work of ministry. Alongside the issues with an outdated space arise the issues of a church whose visibility in the community has likewise expired. If your church rarely sees a guest […]Read More »
  • The Inspiration Tool in Your Purse

    The Inspiration Tool in Your Purse

    The gospel is all about good news. But we live in an “If it bleeds, it leads” world. Even in the church, the communications streams are filled with “Ten Reasons Why What You Are Doing Doesn’t Work Anymore,” or “Twelve Reasons Why People Don’t Like Your Church.” I’m sure it is all well-intentioned, but it […]Read More »
  • Will You be the One in 200 Who Gives Jack a Chance?

    Will You be the One in 200 Who Gives Jack a Chance?

    All people are gifted and talented. Churches rise and fall based on whether they make a space for those gifts and talents to be used for the love of people and the love of God. I’ve been privileged to meet some incredibly gifted young people who found the church that made a space for them. […]Read More »
  • Loving the Lonely with a Laundry Ministry

    Loving the Lonely with a Laundry Ministry

    Richard Beck posted a great story on the Experimental Theology Blog about creating a great “Third Space” in a laundromat a couple of miles from their church. ….A lot of people feel intimidated walking into a church. A third space, it was hoped, would be a non-religious place where relationships with neighbors could be formed. A […]Read More »
  • How to Measure Discipleship

    How to Measure Discipleship

    The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. How can we know whether we are achieving the mission unless we measure discipleship? How can we measure discipleship? Geoff Surratt suggests that churches take a short lesson from Willow Creek and survey the congregation […]Read More »