Church Growth & Vitality

  1. Stuck: Now What?

    Articles Stuck: Now What?

    • By Bob Farr
    • Posted on February 17th, 2014

    As a church and as a group of people, United Methodists were forged through the American experience and experiment. Given the present social problems and cultural shifts facing…

  2. Review: Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities

    Articles Review: Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities

    A reviewer’s confessional: I grew up on a rural southeast Kansas farm. We felt lucky to break even some years. I know firsthand the context of rural poverty, with a lack of…

  3. Do You Want to Get Well?

    Blog Do You Want to Get Well?

    In John 5:2-9, we are told of an encounter between Jesus and a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. There was an urban legend, if you will, about an angel coming and stirring …

  4. Open Hands, Open Hearts

    Blog Open Hands, Open Hearts

    I was a guest preacher in a congregation I had never been to before. I entered as I do many congregation, a friendly stranger, but left with more than I had anticipated—with …

  5. A Church In Need of Conversion Series

    Articles A Church In Need of Conversion Series

    Eddie Hammett will be the guest speaker at the 2014 Cabinet Consultations sponsored by the Lake Junaluska Program Ministries, below are excerpts from his three books. from…

  6. Welcome to Our Church (We Hope!)

    Articles Welcome to Our Church (We Hope!)

    Open the doors. Turn on the lights. Ensure the pulpit has a glass of water for the preacher. For many churches, these three things are the first tasks of a routine Sunday…

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