Not all splits are schism

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Will the United Methodist Church split or not over differing interpretations of human sexuality and biblical hermeneutics? That was the topic of informal conversation at a recent… read more

Don't address the how until you address the what

By Ron Edmondson
I’ve seen it many times. You have an idea — it’s not a bad idea — it may even be a great idea. You just don’t know yet. As soon as you present the… read more

4 free ways to grow the people you lead

By Ron Edmondson
There are some common questions I hear from leaders. In fact, they may be some of the most important questions leaders can ask. These questions are the essence of who the leader… read more

5 ways ministry leaders start the journey to failure

By Ron Edmondson
One of the hardest things I do in ministry is interact with those who are no longer in ministry, but wish they were. They’ve been derailed. They messed up and either they… read more

Points of order and parliamentary paralysis

By David F. Watson
Shortly after the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, I wrote a post called General Conference: Four Reflections. Recently that post popped up in my Facebook… read more

The megachurch infection

By Christy Thomas
The megachurch infection may lead to the eventual death of Christian connection, also known as the church. Let me explain. In 2014/2015, I did a series of “Mystery… read more

The Value of Mentoring Younger Clergy

By Ken Edwards
When Mary learned that she was pregnant, she “got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. She entered Elizabeth’s home and greeted Elizabeth” (Luke… read more

Rising above discouragement

By Samantha Tidball
Sarah Bessey, author of the book Jesus Feminist, began the hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear on Twitter and it quickly went viral! Women responded with their personal… read more

Leading with control vs. leading with influence

By Ron Edmondson
Let me be honest. I can be a controlling person. It’s part of my character. I know that. I test that way with StrengthsFinder. If no one is taking charge, I’ll take… read more

Is there hope for a United Methodist Church?

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
News flash! The orthodox wing of the United Methodist Church is not going away. In fact, it’ll likely get stronger. Likewise, the progressive wing of the United Methodist… read more

Left, right and center: Some misconceptions

By David F. Watson
I really have had no desire to re-enter public debate regarding the UMC. In fact, I have had a great desire not to do so. For the most part, I think the die has been cast. The… read more

7 pieces of institutional clutter the UMC needs to leave behind

By Christy Thomas
I’m a sucker for the “25 things you need to get rid of” article. Clutter drives me crazy. I used to watch those hoarding TV shows. In so doing, I became aware of … read more
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