Growing at Grace

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main | 1 comment

What makes for a good leader? Most folks think that “followers” would be the required component. But anyone who has led anything more than a rousing chorus of “Row Row Row Your Boat” understands that the measure of leadership is the number of leaders you produce, not the number of followers you attract. Leaders don’t just magically appear. Yet, many congregations still expect their leaders to arrive. Rare are the...

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A Different Future from a Difficult Past

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Sermons | 2 comments

Let’s cover some known facts. I’m a United Methodist pastor. The United Methodist Church is a Christian denomination. Christians follow the teachings of Christ. Christ was big on forgiveness. Based on this, we should be able to draw some conclusions about a system of United Methodist pastors and United Methodist churches — and the way they interact. Let me offer you a few more known facts. Most clergy I know have encountered...

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Why Not Partner with ?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Memphis Conference, Methodism, Pop Culture, Society at Large | 0 comments

I was recently asked a fascinating question: Is it feasible to plan a course on technology at the next Licensing School for Local Pastors? The convener for that School, Rev. Dean Emerson, asked that during a break at a seminar we’re both attending. Turns out, one of his students asked a question or three about iPhones, tablet computers, and social media. “Could it be done in an hour?” Um, no. Dean smiled, having guessed as...

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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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