Category Archives: Local church

What Kind?

Bishop Will Willimon passes along some good questions from Lloyd John Ogilvie: What sort of people does Christ want to deploy in the world? What sort of church do we need to produce those people? What sort of leaders do … Continue reading

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Generosity

Our congregation has faced more financial challenges this year than we have in several years. While finishing our apportionments (the money United Methodist churches send to the general church for ministry beyond our own locale) was fairly easy for a … Continue reading

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Learning to Risk in Church

As a church we do a fairly decent job of keeping the older generation employed and busy. We do a fairly poor job of drawing the younger generations into leadership, however, unless they are willing to plug in and do … Continue reading

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Success in ministry

Several years ago we had an after-school ministry for upper elementary aged children. By the time we stopped it, it looked like a whopping success. Our little small town church would have 40-50 kids, mostly not from our church, show … Continue reading

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What does it take to Grow a Great Church?

Many things have been suggested over the years. Here’s my list – these are the things I pray for: The Manifest Presence of God. The bible tells us God is omnipresent (everywhere). We believe God is with us every time … Continue reading

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Relevant or Dissonant

I’m better at asking questions than I am answering them. Today’s poll at Christianity Today asks us to decide whether the church is doing its job when it’s (a) culturally relevant or (b) culturally dissonant. My answer is, “Yes.” We … Continue reading

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Stuck

Sometimes we get stuck. While getting stuck is commonly taken to be a bad thing, it depends on where we’re stuck or what we’re stuck in. Perhaps you’re stuck in a family that keeps on loving you even when you … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #5

Our conference talks about Risk Taking Ministry. As a pastor I’d be happy if all my people were involved in any kind of ministry. In my life the genre of literature that has most spurred me to risk taking ministry … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #3

The Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations movement, as exemplified in our Texas Annual Conference, speaks of the practice of “Faith Forming Relationships.” I served on the conference committee tasked with this area after the reorganization. As far as I could … Continue reading

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Discipleship Goals #1

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to “Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Sounds good. But it’s pretty vague, especially given our fragmented theology. I thought it would be useful to explore in … Continue reading

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