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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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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