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Church Outlaws

            My wife’s family loves Westerns.  In fact, the first time I went to Mary’s house the first thing I noticed was the rather large print of John Wayne above the TV.  681 more words

Exploring Church Ministry Blog


When we hear about transitions in Methodist denominations, we typically think about pastor moves. However, congregations are in a state of flux themselves as well. 1,327 more words


1 January 2018: The Beginning of the End

Day 1 — I have been serving two dying congregations in rural New England for almost 4 years now. How I got here is a mystically marvelous story. 1,587 more words

Church Conflict

Let's Change our Tone, NOT the Message

Let’s change our tone, NOT the message. After being belittled, interrogated, and at times silenced as a millennial, I finally decided to write something to my brothers and sisters in Christ. 968 more words


Four Things Church Boards Don't Know About Pastoral Termination

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  Luke 23:34

I have a pastor friend who reads this blog, and periodically, he tells me that most board members who participate in the termination of an innocent pastor do it out of ignorance rather than malice. 2,526 more words

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Church Divided Part II

The following is an excerpt from an article by Bishop William B. Lewis (UMC retired). I found it just after posting my previous article about division in the UMC. 450 more words

Faith And Values

What Forbearance Is Not

The biblical idea of forbearance is an underappreciated metaphor for divine grace and an underutilized concept for capturing how Christians ought to replicate that grace in the project of living together in community. 1,103 more words