Blessings of Ministry – Teaching (3 of 3)

There are many blessings of being in ministry serving as a pastor at a local church. One of these is the chance to teach classes about knowing, loving and serving God. This week I finished the second of a six week class in which we are looking at how we respond to God’s love and how our lives might be different as a result. I really enjoying sharing about our faith and the church, answering questions and helping people take the next step on their journey of faith.

What blessings do you find in ministry?

Teaching Methodism 101

I believe remembering who we are as United Methodists is a key to revival within the denomination.

I enjoy teaching and I particularly enjoy teaching Methodism 101 – What does it mean to be a United Methodist and what difference does that make in my life? Last month, I had the great opportunity to teach two different times. On July 18, I taught the first of a three week teaching series at Resurrection about What is a United Methodist? During the week of July 18, I taught 14 students about Methodism at Institute 2010: God’s All Stars.

I want to share with you the outline that I used for these classes and similar opportunities. Please feel free to use it, update it and share with me what you put together. You can find my outline for teaching Methodism 101 online at http://j.mp/11CM9i6

Preaching = Fun

Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to preach at the Heritage Service at Resurrection Leawood. This is the first service on Sunday at Resurrection beginning at 7:45 AM. It was the first time that I had lead worship in several months and it felt really good.

We considered the story of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples in John 13 and looked at ways that serving others builds relationships both with those being served and with those with whom we serve. We serve others out of gratitude to God and a clear hope for the future.

If you are interested, you can read the whole thing online at http://j.mp/c3weUc.

It is great to have the opportunity to preach!

Speedlinking – June 4, 2010

Will you come to Leadership Institute 2010? #li2010

I hope your answer is yes.

This is Resurrection’s 11th annual Leadership Institute 11th annual leadership training event in which we hope to give away our best ideas. This year the focus will be on the future of the church. There are young adult and new church start discounts. You can find more information and register at http://www.cor.org/li2010. Here are a few things you can do right now:

  1. Like Leadership Institute on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rezleadershipinstitute
  2. Follow Leadership Institute on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rezleadership
  3. Use #li2010 when tweeting about Leadership Institute 2010.

Speedlinking – May 7, 2010

Reverberations of 81 Words on Homosexuality and the UMC

The debate in the United Methodist Church about homosexuality and whether it is “incompatible with Christian teaching” or if “a self-avowed practicing homosexual” should be ordained has continued for many years. No matter where you stand on these issues, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to the following story from This American Life.

The story is “81 Words: The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.” This change in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has had ripple effects across American society, including The United Methodist Church.

I very much enjoy the story telling style of This American Life and recommend that you check out more information at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ You can also subscribe to the podcast directly in iTunes.