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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Repost: Church Metrics are Bad? Does Not Compute.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Society at Large | 0 comments

Logic seems to have failed some of us Methodists — probably because we aren’t Vulcans, or something like that. United Methodists all over the blogosphere and twitterverse are posting and tweeting logical fallacies right and left, mostly in the area of the recent Call to Action initiative that will be addressed at General Conference in just a few days. [The measure failed miserably, as did many of the resolutions that could not be...

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Does Not Compute: Metrics are Bad?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Blogroll, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons | 5 comments

Logic seems to have failed some of us Methodists — probably because we aren’t Vulcans, or something like that. United Methodists all over the blogosphere and twitterverse are posting and tweeting logical fallacies right and left, mostly in the area of the recent Call to Action initiative that will be addressed at General Conference in just a few days. Most recently, a photo of a recent denominational meeting has been circulating....

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Tear Down the Silos

Posted by on Mar 30, 2012 in Blogroll, Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, US Politics | 0 comments

The Call to Action proposal is getting support from across the United Methodist Church. With just a few more days before General Conference 2012 begins, people across the denomination are publishing their positions regarding this proposal focusing on restructuring the Agencies of our  Church. Adam Hamilton (pastor of  the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas) has sent an open letter to the delegates of the 2012 General...

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Call to Action: Don’t Confuse the “What” with the “How.”

Posted by on Mar 27, 2012 in Economics, General Rant, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Methodism | 0 comments

Bishop Joe Pennel has raised some excellent questions in a recent post at the UMPortal.  He indicates that we are not focusing on the right things with Call to Action in the United Methodist Church. He writes: I cannot prove it but I am of the opinion that congregations that focus on growing in compassion, forgiveness, mercy, kindness and justice have a stronger and more authentic commitment to social witness than those that are not so...

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