The 3 rules of survival that will do us in

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
I’ve never heard a denominational executive say these words before: “You were called by God to serve the Kingdom. So do that. Don’t worry about the institutional … read more

My thoughts on the WCA meeting in Chicago

By Shane Raynor
I was in Chicago on Friday (October 7) for the first meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group of evangelical United Methodists “committed to the Wesleyan… read more

Three "I's" of stewardship

By Todd Outcalt
One of the newest college majors to emerge in universities across the country is philanthropy. Organizations, from non-profits to foundations to the university endowments… read more

Staying focused on older adults

By Judy Bumgarner / Cokesbury Commons
The future of our churches, in whatever form they may take, will depend upon today’s young adults. We’ve learned through countless studies, as well as from personal… read more

8 things I wouldn’t do again if planting another church

By Ron Edmondson
I've been involved in church planting for most of my ministry career, whether as a planter or as a supporter of planting. I love the process of planting. I love the energy and the … read more

Time to withdraw

By Corey Francis
Sometimes, you just need to walk away. We all go through it. Those times feel like we've gone through a meat grinder or have been beaten with a sledgehammer until all that's left… read more

Handle little things before they become big things

By Ron Edmondson
Cheryl and I were in a grocery store out of town some time ago. We turned the corner from one aisle into a main aisle and instantly saw a gentleman slip and fall. He wasn’t… read more

Study: Clergy retiring later

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) At 67, the Rev. David Clewell is still a pastor, and he’s not sure when he’ll hang it up. “We’re getting ready to start a building project,”… read more

Allowing holy second thoughts

By Isaac Villegas
Fifteen of us pulled our chairs into a tight circle, huddled in a small conference room for the morning session of our denominational board meeting. Anxiety poured into the room… read more

4 reasons people you lead may not want to learn or grow

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve learned that in leadership you can’t teach someone who doesn’t want to learn or grow personally. Perhaps you’ve tried. I have. I see one of my jobs as … read more

I shine when you shine

By Kira Schlesinger
Like many girls, growing up I was socialized to view other women as my competition. I constantly compared my grades, my body, my clothes and my accolades with those of my friends… read more

Can a pastor be a friend?

By Todd Outcalt
In her memoir, Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor speaks to the varied struggles of being a parish pastor. The demands are legion, with time and energy being two of the… read more
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