I have found several online tools that increase my productivity and are quite helpful in my role as pastor. One of them is: Highrise Highrise is a product of 37 signals who also has a quality blog – Signal vs. Noise. From the Highrise website: The answer to the avalanche So many people. So many […]
I have found several online tools that increase my productivity and are quite helpful in my role as pastor. One of them is: Jott.com Jott is an online service that is linked to a mobile phone. Jott is basically a short transcription service. You speed dial a number, choose a person from a list, and […]
A presentation on disaster relief was not on the agenda a month ago, but today it was an important part of the work of the Annual Conference. After several presentations, Bishop Jones brought our attention to three images in response to the recent tornadoes in Kansas. Scripture is the basis for what we do and […]
My dad, Mark Conard, is a pastor in the Kansas West Conference currently serving at First United Methodist Church – Hutchinson. In this clip, he is talking about the hope for the future in The United Methodist Church and ourselves. I think that he articulates a great understanding of hope and where to look for […]
At the Emerging Church New Starts conference, I heard about an upcoming website. It launched this week. From the website: Deepshift.org is a group of reflective ministry practitioners who provide coaching, consulting, and resources for people leading in deep shift – faith community and church leaders, nonprofit leaders, and others. I am interested in attending […]
Resurrection was host for FBI SWAT training exercises last week. I watched the team go through several training scenarios and observed several characteristics of their action together that have application in ministry and the church. Some of the characteristics that were evident: Preparation – Before any action started, each member of the team was equipped […]
A short free album has been released at Passion: Hope for the Hokies. From the website: Our desire is that these songs will encourage anyone at Tech or around the world who is looking for sure footing in the wake of these tragic events. Thanks to Cory for the link.
Conversations about the office moves at Resurrection included the recognition that at Resurrection program space takes priority over office space. Here is my ranking in order from most important to least important space for a church. 1 – Missional This is space which the congregation utilizes as part of being sent out into the world. […]
It is truly a blessing to be a part of a team in ministry. I invite you to read Reflections on Ash Wednesday, by a member of the Congregational Care Team. Be blessed.
I found an interesting interview from Steve at World Changers with Alan Hirsch published here. I particularly found this quote to be noteworthy “Question: What’s the difference between “Emerging church” and “Missional church”? Answer: I’m moving away from Emerging church as a term. I think it’s been hijacked by side debates. Emerging is about contextualizing […]
This weekend, Bob Beltz, author and producer, preached around the movie – Amazing Grace. During the weekend worship services, Bob Beltz shared a story of having the opportunity to sit in on a meeting between a life coach and a client in Denver. During that time, the life coach shared the following: Most people… Radically […]