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What to Do with Unhealthy United Methodist Congregations

I recognize there is debate about how to determine what makes a congregation healthy. What to do with an unhealthy United Methodist congregation is more difficult to determine than what to do with inffective United Methodist clergy. Kick them out of the denomination? In some cases, this might allow the congregation to become healthier. It […]

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Guaranteed Appointments: Discrimination and Prophetic Voice

A few of the key points in favor of continuing guaranteed appointments include: Guaranteed appointments prevents a congregation from hiring or firing a clergy person based on her or his race, color, national origin, or sex. Guaranteed appointments prevents a congregation from hiring or firing a clergy person in response to their prophetic voice in […]

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Reading Time: Blogs vs. Books

One of my responsibilities as a pastor is to be theologian in residence for the congregation which I serve. One of the ways that I seek to do this is through reading and study – primarily of the Bible and secondarily in other sources. I use Google Reader to keep up with blogs. I currently […]

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What is a new church or new congregation?

According to UMC Path1: We believe a new congregation is more than a mission project, new worship service or new building. For us, it is a newly organized faith community that is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ and: includes regular community worship is theologically Wesleyan has an effective discipling system receives new members […]

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Questions for Hospital Visits and Conversation

This week I shared a list of possible questions for hospital visits and other conversations with the team of Congregational Care Ministers with whom I work. Congregational Care Ministers are trained volunteers who assist a pastor in caring for the congregation. I want to share them with you and get your feedback on what you […]

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Strategic Planning in the UMC

Does the itinerant system in the United Methodist Church work against strategic planning? I want to be an excellent strategic planner and have been thinking more about how this works in the United Methodist Church. I suggest that it is important to look at a strategic plan for several years into the future. I recognize […]

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iCampus – What about the sacraments?

This is a series of responses to questions about an internet campus from a previous series of posts. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try to respond to each one. Thanks! What about the sacraments? This is a serious question and one of the […]

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LifeChurch.tv Internet Campus – New Staff (4 of 8)

Tony Steward was recently hired as the Online Community Pastor at LifeChurch.tv. Terry and the team were excited for him to arrive as new staff is a great opportunity to get feedback from a fresh perspective. A new staff member can provide free critical feedback on current processes on the team – free. I think […]