So What DO You Mean By “Grow?”

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 3 comments

Once, as a child, I played sick to avoid a particular confrontation that I knew was going to take place at school. My plan was foolproof: Moan a little bit, wait for the thermometer to show up, and then fake a fever using my desklamp to inflate the reading. I may or may not have recently watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In either case, I would have been more successful in my devious effort if I had followed his advice and...

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It Takes More than Counting the Sheep to Really Wake Up the Church

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blogroll, Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

The  Rev. Jeremy  Smith  at HackingChristianity.net has discovered a method of providing narrative, subjective information to flesh out the cold hard data of Vital Congregations. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it most definitely is something big. Something wonderful, even. For the past year, there’s been a great deal of buzz on the interwebs and throughout the United Methodist denominational structure. The buzz has centered...

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The Rest of the Story

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Blogroll, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism | 0 comments

Last week, I posted on a routine hardship: Moving from one appointment to another. I related some of my ideas in the post “Turn and Face the Change,” and made reference to the wisdom and insights of the colleague who followed me. This week, my friend Jeff Rudy provides the other half of the story of our transition idea on his blog this week. Be sure to read his post about our handoff of pastoral and pulpit responsibilities. I think...

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Low Miles, Excellent Condition: Young Leaders in the UMC

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Methodism, Society at Large, US Politics | 0 comments

Conversations with bold, young leaders are often difficult for me, mostly because I remember those early days out of seminary when I still knew everything. I had been drawn through a very complex set of ideas on a three year journey to enlightenment, and I was ready to unleash myself upon the world. The reason those conversations can be difficult is that those conversations remind me of my own shortsightedness. I wasn’t prepared to take...

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Two Wrongs: Still Don’t Make a Right After All This Time

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Main, Methodism | 3 comments

The United Methodist Church just wrapped up the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, FL. I’m glad. You see, our denomination was starting to fray at the edges — and in some places very near the center. I found myself disgusted by some of the content I’ve been reading in blogs. I’ve been disappointed in clergy colleagues for their snide, snarky, and, in some cases, wrong and disrespectful treatment of others. One of our...

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How to Be Prolific Online in a Couple of Hours a Week

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Sermons, Society at Large | 2 comments

Folks who follow me on Facebook and Twitter might have noticed that I seem to have two voices. The reason for that is simple: I do. They are closely related, mostly because they are both me. And I don’t like to divide myself into “Pastor Joey” and “Just Plain Joey.”  But it is impossible to “wear the collar” all the time. So I post fun things about the things that interest me, pictures of family, and...

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