The One Solution Out of Our Reach

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

My blogfeed fills with solutions every morning, all from smart people. But no one seems to have an answer to the one solution out of our reach. What do you do when the efforts you are making stop working? What do you do when people don’t seem to want to do much of anything? Techniques The Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, my home conference, pursues solutions with a great deal of zest. Ministry in varied locations evolved...

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The Power and the Purpose

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Christian Beliefs, Listening Prayer, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Most pastors I know are busy chasing after better ways to lead a congregation, me included. I’m happy to report that I’ve rediscovered the power and the purpose of christian discipleship. And you probably already know exactly what it is and how it works. The problem is in being intentional about it. More about that later. Having looked at a dozen different ways to be a better leader (and that’s just counting the ones that bore...

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Mutual Advisory Panel

Posted by on Mar 21, 2010 in Announcements, General Rant, Leading the Local Congregation, Main | 0 comments

We met for the first time today–20 folks who have dedicated themselves to meeting for an hour a week for the next year. And it was great. We had our first conversation around the topic of “What it will take to grow beyond 200 members.” We began with a simple question: What are we not doing yet, here at Trinity, that we really should be doing? We talked about welcoming the guest intentionally. We talked about movement in...

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