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Blessings of Ministry – Babies (1 of 3)

There are many blessings of ministry as a pastor. One of those is to be with families with new babies. In the past several weeks, I have had the opportunity to be with two families who welcomed a new member to their family, as well as pray before surgery for an infant. Each one of these are doing great.

What blessings do you find in ministry?

Snippets and Smidgens of Faith

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“The problem is: We just don’t do whole things anymore. We don’t read complete books — just excerpts. We don’t listen to whole CDs — just samplings. We don’t sit through whole baseball games — just a few innings. Don’t even write whole sentences. Or read whole stories like this one. We care more about the parts and less about the entire. We are into snippets and smidgens and clips and tweets. We are not only a fragmented society, but a fragment society. And the result: What we gain is the knowledge — or the illusion of knowledge — of many new, different and variegated aspects of life. What we lose is still being understood.”

This is a quote from a story that NPR ran titled We Are Just Not Digging The Whole Anymore. I find aspects of this to be true in the church. People may say things like:

  • I want to find the one verse that applies to my life.
  • The children’s ministry doesn’t really matter because I don’t have kids.
  • How can I continue to grow after I have gone through all of the Disciple Bible studies?
Do you ever hear things like that? What impact does this have on the community or our faith? How can the church pay more attention to the whole?
(I wanted to practice self awareness and let you know that I am aware that I just pulled out a quote from a much longer article and wrote my own short form response. In any case, I hope that you find value here.)

Scripture Monday – 2 Kings 10:15

John Wesley either quotes this passage or something very similar is attributed to him. Can you help clarify for me?

2 Kings 10:15

“After he left there, he came upon Jehonadab son of Rekab, who was on his way to meet him. Jehu greeted him and said, “Are you in accord with me, as I am with you?” “I am,” Jehonadab answered. “If so,” said Jehu, “give me your hand.” So he did, and Jehu helped him up into the chariot.”

The Church Should Be More Like @Gowalla

One of the latest waves in social media is location based services like Gowalla and Foursquare. The concept is to use your mobile device to “Check In” to locations that you visit and use it as a tool to connect with people and places. Gowalla recently released an application programming interface (API) to allow other applications to be developed that link to data from Gowalla. The guidelines for using the API, from the website, are:

  • Check in where the user actually is
  • Don’t encourage checking in where the user isn’t
  • Never check in without permission from the user
  • Encourage social behavior, discourage bot-like behavior
  • Rapid, repeated checkins are not tolerated
  • Use the API responsibly

These were first brought to my attention from  this article on TechCrunch, which summarizes the API Guidelines in this way, “Or to put it more succinctly: authenticity.” You have to actually be at a location to check in. I can’t check in to a location in St. Louis if I am in Kansas City.

Authenticity.

This is why the church should be more like Gowalla – connect real people in real places with a real God.

#6qumc – Data (5 of 5)

6 Questions for The United Methodist Church is an open project and I have been encouraged by the response.

If you are interested in data of participation from the project check it out at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=r06wd0oDSanzEZ3I9gWArVQ&output=html

Data for the day should be added in the morning. Feel free to use the data how you want.

By September 30, I believe that it is possible to see 10,000 people submit 2,500 questions and cast 75,000 votes.

What do you think?

To participate visit: http://bit.ly/6qumc

To read more, visit: http://www.umcyoungclergy.com/6qumc

#6qumc – Who can participate? (3 of 5)

Within the first day of 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church, someone asked,

Is this only for young clergy?

The answer is a resounding no. While 6 Questions for The United Methodist Church is hosted by www.umcyoungclergy.com it is open to all people of The United Methodist Church.

The project becomes better with each person that votes or submits a question. I trust the witness of the Spirit active in many people.

To participate visit: http://bit.ly/6qumc

To read more, visit: http://www.umcyoungclergy.com/6qumc

Wisdom for Ministry

At the young adult clergy booth at the Kansas West Annual Conference, participants were invited to add a post it note sharing wisdom for ministry. The responses were (in no particular order):

  • Be who God created you to be. You!
  • Don’t worry. Be happy. :)
  • Have Fun!! :)
  • BE a blessing
  • Quit living in Fear!
  • Be flexible
  • and stubborn when necessary!
  • Spend time in prayer and reading scripture daily
  • Laugh a lot
  • Don’t be so serious!
  • Be honest
  • Shake lots of hands
  • Don’t be silenced or defeated in your dreams
  • It’ll be alright!
  • Can’t please everyone!
  • Hang in there!
  • Love the people. Love the Community
  • take care of your OWN health!
  • Take Vacation! OFTEN!
  • Laugh at yourself
  • Ministry is an honor & a privilege ENJOY!
  • People are more important than programs!
  • If you look at it in the right light, how can there be any darkness?
  • Stay in The Word.
  • Just love your people!
  • Believe in God. Believe in the church. Believe in yourself.
  • Be creative & trust what you know!
  • Smile :)
  • Forgiveness is First
  • Share the Love
  • Make rounds like a doctor
  • Smile be happy
  • Rehearse!

Some photos, thanks to Jeff Slater