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communications life ministry

Some Things Change and Some Things Stay the Same

It has been 649 days since my last blog post. Much has changed since then. Our children are 3 and 2, respectively. I switched from WordPress.com to a WordPress installation, thereby starting over on traffic and links. I am beginning my third year as the pastor appointed to serve First UMC of El Dorado, KS. […]

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annual conference leadership renewing the church united methodist church

I Speak in Favor of One Conference in Nebraska and Kansas #kwc12 #gpgp

Today was my first time to speak on the floor of annual conference. While it was not exactly what came out, this is what I prepared: My name is Andrew Conard. I am a clergy member of the annual conference. I am currently serving at Church of the Resurrection in the Kansas City area and will […]

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renewing the church

Great Plans for the Great Plains – #GPGP or #Kanaska

I support the formation of a new United Methodist Annual Conference that would cover Kansas and Nebraska. This possibility was put before the annual conference sessions of Nebraska, Kansas East and Kansas West this year as a five finger vote (PDF). This is basically a way to share a level of approval or disapproval without an […]

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annual conference renewing the church

Kansas West Annual Conference – Day 3 #ksw2011

Day 3 of Annual Conference went well. Here are some of the highlights: We took the 5 finger vote in response to the Great Plan for the Great Plains, in which we are considering the possibility of one annual conference across the states of Kansas and Nebraska We passed resolutions to close seven United Methodist […]

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annual conference renewing the church

Kansas West Annual Conference – Day 1 #ksw2011

It was a good first full day of Kansas West Annual Conference. Some of my reflections from the day: The Great Plans for the Great Plains conversation about a new annual conference across Kansas and Nebraska continues to be a lively. The Kansas State Fairgrounds has provided an excellent venue for meeting. (Although, I still […]

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leadership ministry

Evaluation that Leads to Cuts: Senior Staff Retreat (4 of 4)

The conversation around the  Call to Action: Reordering the Life of the UMC and the subsequent UMC Leadership Summit, as well as the conversation in Kansas and Nebraska about Great Plans for the Great Plains: A Vision (PDF Link), I have been reflecting on the time that I spent on the spring senior staff retreat at Resurrection in which […]

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leadership life ministry

Seasons of Work and Rest: Senior Staff Retreat (3 of 4)

The conversation around the  Call to Action: Reordering the Life of the UMC and the subsequent UMC Leadership Summit, as well as the conversation in Kansas and Nebraska about Great Plans for the Great Plains: A Vision (PDF Link), I have been reflecting on the time that I spent on the spring senior staff retreat at Resurrection in which […]

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church leadership

Strategic Pruning: Senior Staff Retreat (2 of 4)

The conversation around the  Call to Action: Reordering the Life of the UMC and the subsequent UMC Leadership Summit, as well as the conversation in Kansas and Nebraska about Great Plans for the Great Plains: A Vision (PDF Link), I have been reflecting on the time that I spent on the spring senior staff retreat at Resurrection in which […]

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leadership renewing the church united methodist church

Wesley’s Focus on Fruit: Senior Staff Retreat (1 of 4)

The conversation around the  Call to Action: Reordering the Life of the UMC and the subsequent UMC Leadership Summit, as well as the conversation in Kansas and Nebraska about Great Plans for the Great Plains: A Vision (PDF Link), I have been reflecting on the time that I spent on the spring senior staff retreat at […]