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

General Conference 2016: A time to listen?

By Ben Gosden
“The entire assembly fell quiet as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describe all the signs and wonders God did among the Gentiles through their activity.” (Acts… read more

'Will the conference affect Portlanders?'

By Nance Hixon
"Will the conference affect Portlanders?" she asked.Tomorrow, May 10th, the United Methodist Church's General Conference will begin in Portland, Oregon. Every four years bishops… read more

Transformed for the work of transforming

By Neil M. Alexander
I was sharing with coworkers about the UMC’s General Conference and trying to remember how many of the every-four-year events I’d attended. To my surprise, counting on … read more

The power of story: An open letter to Bishop Jones

By Dave Barnhart
Dear Bishop Jones: In your recent article “Blest Be the Tie that Binds,” you shared a story about a man who was involved in a continuing adulterous relationship who… read more

Going viral

By Kira Schlesinger
My church is in the same Tennessee county as Global Vision Bible Church, led by Pastor Greg Locke, whom you might know from his viral video on Target’s transgender bathroom… read more
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