church communications ministry

Pros and Cons of Webcasting a Funeral

A few months ago, I read the article¬†More families choose to have funerals webcast¬†from USA Today. I commend the article to you and wanted some pros and cons of this practice from my point of view. Pros of Webcasting a Funeral Physically distant friends and family are able to see and hear Emotional closure for […]

ministry worship

Top Hymns for a Funeral

Here is a list of the top hymns for a service of death and resurrection. What other songs would you add to this list? United Methodist Hymnal Name of Song or Hymn 110 A Mighty Fortress is our God 378 Amazing Grace 700 Abide with Me 154 All hail the power of Jesus’ name 166 […]


Resources at Thoughts of Resurrection

I am in my third year serving as a pastor and have developed some resources that I have found to be useful in ministry and may be useful for you. You can find them on the Resources page. I have increasingly been using Google Documents as a tool for ministry. It keeps all my things […]

life ministry

The Blessing of Meals

It is a blessing to have a meal prepared and served to you by someone that you do not know. In preparation for each of the funeral service of my step-grandmother, Alice Conard, and my grandmother, Nora Fieser, our family shared in a meal prepared by the members of First United Methodist Church in Great […]