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Annual Conference and Back Home

It’s over. At least for another year. A few hundred people went home after spending their time in a democratic endeavor. Devoted and passionate people who deeply care for their church spent time together. It’s a weird kingdom where we … Continue reading

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Why Separation is Schism

Working through my disagreement with the idea that separation can occur without schism it became clear the explanation was more emotive than rational, but schism and separation in the way proposed are synonymous for very rational reasons. It is possible to … Continue reading

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The Global Leadership Summit: Polk Street Campus

  Bill Hybels dreamed a dream. What would happen if you got together leaders across a spectrum of disciplines and got them to share their thoughts on leadership? Well, Global Leadership Summit is the realization of this dream. GLS offers … Continue reading

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First Sundays

What can you say to a congregation on your first Sunday there to worship, let alone lead worship? Methodists have been answering this question for years, and they’ve been doing so from both sides of the isle. Parishioners and pastors wrestle … Continue reading

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Pastor of a Closing Church: Farewell to Westover Fellowship UMC

  In my first year of full-time ministry I’ve seen precipitous decline followed by folding a congregation into another congregation under the auspices of launching out in the future, and now, I’ve been the pastor of a congregation that has … Continue reading

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Human Sexuality and Human Worth: the Connectional Table

The history of the church offers up no monolithic perspective on human sexuality and human worth. If we believe we are making disciples within our context as local church questions should come up about how we value and respect human … Continue reading

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