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ministry

Avoiding Mad Church Disease

Last week, I wrote about Mad Church Disease – the website and book project by Anne Jackson. In that post, I wrote about my experience of working at Resurrection and hearing that there have been many changes in the way in regard to staffing over the past few years to avoid some of the symptoms […]

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life ministry

Mad Church Disease

Mad Church Disease has been burning up the blogosphere, at least the little section that I read. (See links below) This is a site focused on the phenomena of burnout for those that are in ministry. The site includes a survey for those in ministry, spouses of those in ministry, and volunteers in ministry. It […]

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ministry

Podcasts…

In addition to reading blogs, I listen to several podcasts to learn about ministry and hear from others about what is happening in the life of the church. What is a podcast you might ask – find more information here. Here are some to which I currently subscribe (These links will take you to the […]

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leadership ministry

I Am Not Indispensable

at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and I hope that you are not indispensable at your place of employment. My wife, Nicole, brought this idea up to me and I think that she is right on. The true leadership of a congregation should be in the gathered people and not in any single […]

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leadership ministry

My Issues are Leadership Issues

Along with the importance of portable traditions, another thing that I learned at the marriage retreat facilitated by the Soderquist Center was that many of the issues, problems and experiences that I have as a pastor are not clergy issues, they are leadership issues. Sometimes I find myself naming my role as a pastor as […]

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life ministry worship

Women in Art

Mike King brought my attention to this video via this post. I agree with Mike that it is a great combination of art, music and technology. While I was at Wesley Seminary, I was exposed to the Luce Center for the Arts and Religion which was constantly at work to integrate arts into the life […]

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life ministry

Marriage Retreat

This morning my wife, Nicole and I are driving to Rogers, Arkansas with Dustin and Shelly Petz to attend a marriage retreat hosted by The Soderquist Center. It will be held at Greystone Estate in Rogers, Arkansas. A couple weeks ago, we received a phone call from Bishop Jones‘ wife Mary Lou Reece asking what […]

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ministry united methodist church

YouTube and the Church

Please visit http://www.cor.org/youtube and http://www.youtube.com/seeinggray for information about the January 2008 sermon series at Resurrection. I recently read about a fascinating application of YouTue in the ongoing presidential debates – The CNN / YouTube debates. Here is the video explaining the concept… I think this is great. The playing field is leveled across the country […]

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ministry worship

Church with a Menu? Part 2 of 3

When trying out a new restaurant, I sometimes try to pore over the menu to figure out what I would like to try, what will be the most satisfying. Sometimes, I ask the waitress or waiter what she or he recommends and order their recommendation. Is this like church? There are some people who come […]

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annual conference ministry

Context and Inclusiveness

A sign promoting inclusiveness in delegates to General Conference can be found many places here at Western North Carolina Conference – including this location on the outside of a bathroom door. I found the contrast of these two signs to be interesting. Context matters for promotional materials.

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ministry

What no one else can do…

In April, I went to a conference on emerging new church starts. That link will take you back to the post and notes from that conference. One of the topics that came up was the question – What do you do, that no one else can do? An example was given by Denise Van Eck […]

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ministry

Tools for Productive Ministry – Part 3 of 3

I have found several online tools that increase my productivity and are quite helpful in my role as pastor. One of them is: Google Reader From the Google Reader website: Keep track of your favorite websites Stay up to date Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a […]