Still loving my United Methodist Church

By Tina Fox
As a lifelong United Methodist, I’m watching the events of our quadrennial, worldwide General Conference 2016 meetings in Portland with interest and anticipation. It’s … read more

#UMCGC: More Rule 44 and #MethodistFamous

By Shane Raynor, Mark Lockard
Shane Raynor and Mark Lockard discuss why Rule 44 failed to pass and Methodist "celebrities" at General Conference. read more

Trust, hope and mercy at General Conference

By Jacob Armstrong
Yesterday was my 15th wedding anniversary to Rachel Shepard Armstrong. While I worked as a delegate to the 2016 General Conference, Rachel went on a hiking trip with some friends… read more

Being an example

By J. Clif Christopher
While in the Army, I noticed that one of the things soldiers always looked for was what example the commander was setting. They knew what the standard was on paper. They knew what … read more

Unity, uniformity and the global UMC

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
General Conference is a quadrennial gathering of the global United Methodist Church. But by definition, this global gathering is intensely local. Local dialects, languages… read more

Productive Pastor: How to discern big goals

By Chad Brooks
Welcome to the 50th episode of The Productive Pastor! In this episode, I'm going to help you learn how to discern big goals. [Show notes]… read more

#UMCGC: Rule 44, Twitter and East Coast blues

By Shane Raynor, Mark Lockard
Mark Lockard and Shane Raynor offer their impressions on Day 2 of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon.  read more

I leave hopeful

By Jacob Armstrong
On November 1, 1792, a year after the death of John Wesley, the Methodist leadership in America gathered in Baltimore for a conference. The Methodist church was on one hand young, … read more

What’s wrong with the way we make church decisions?

By Julia Kuhn Wallace, Terence Corkin
Think back to your last big church decision. It may have been about building a new sanctuary, firing a youth worker or starting a second worship service. As you think back on the… read more

Acting like covenant people

By Mark Gorman
There's been a lot of talk about covenants in United Methodist circles as we approach the 2016 General Conference. Unfortunately, most of it has been in reference to the Book of… read more

The tension between being available and being accessible as a leader

By Ron Edmondson
The larger the church gets, or the more leadership responsibility God calls me to, the greater the tension I feel between being available and being accessible. Leader, have you… read more

The secret value of 'What’s in it for me?'

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
Long before Starbucks offered 80,000 different ways to order a beverage, Burger King urged us to “have it your way.” The primary product in a consumer culture is… read more
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