Leadership Needed in the United Methodist Church (and quickly please)

I was not reared in the United Methodist tradition. Melissa and I were loved into the United Methodist church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s. It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism. In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call myContinue reading “Leadership Needed in the United Methodist Church (and quickly please)”

“Secrets” of a Long and Effective Pastoral Tenure

I begin year twenty as the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church on July 1.  I as sometimes asked about the “secrets” of a long and effective ministry in one place. Don’t know that I have any great secrets, perhaps I am not that smart, but I will share some core values: 1. Remember your call. WhenContinue reading ““Secrets” of a Long and Effective Pastoral Tenure”

Does the Church Have a Future?

Fifteen years ago everyone was using the word “post-modern.”  Its definition centered upon the premise that the modern world was slowly crumbling (due to the advent of the personal computer) and a jagged new world was slowly emerging from the ashes (riding the momentum of the internet).  The time it would take to get from “thereContinue reading “Does the Church Have a Future?”

Ten Things Pastors Think are True (that I don’t think are true)

I like Social Media. I really do. Over the course of a day I can keep up with huge numbers of people in the time it would take to complete a single phone call. I also like the fact that people read my stuff and listen to my sermons while I am doing other things.Continue reading “Ten Things Pastors Think are True (that I don’t think are true)”