Melissa is Retiring (and I am humbled)

Melissa is retiring. I am humbled. My wife, best friend and ministry partner Melissa Bishop is retiring at the end of the year.  She formally announced the news last week.  I am happy for her.  She has served as the Youth Director, Worship Director and most recently, the Education Director at Christ Church over theContinue reading “Melissa is Retiring (and I am humbled)”

10 Low Tech Ways to Be the Church (during the COVID-19 crisis)

Let’s face it, not being allowed to conduct corporate worship services is a major blow to all churches but particularly to small and medium sized congregations. Large and mega-large churches were already tech savvy and had the staffing and financial resources to quickly implement changes necessary to shift from live to on-line.  Smaller churches?  ThatContinue reading “10 Low Tech Ways to Be the Church (during the COVID-19 crisis)”

United Methodist Clergy Trading Cards (2017 Edition)

United Methodist Clergy Trading Cards At a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball game a few years back, a fellow United Methodist clergy member and I were discussing the need for our denomination to attract more gifted people into ordained ministry.  It seemed to us that many of our brightest and best young people don’t even considerContinue reading “United Methodist Clergy Trading Cards (2017 Edition)”

Morality, Sin and the American Church

Musings on Morality, Sin and the American Church There is a fear I have for our culture. We have lost our moral compass. A compass does not tell you where you are or where you are going, in fact makes no value judgments at all and offers no advice, it just points north. Once you knowContinue reading “Morality, Sin and the American Church”

Rev. Shane L. Bishop 2015 Biography

Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, became the Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in July of 1997. During his eighteen year tenure, Christ Church worship attendance has increased from 200 to over 2,000 and now features eight weekly worship services in four locations and a monthly Biker Church. Continue reading “Rev. Shane L. Bishop 2015 Biography”

Why Do We Struggle to be Open and Honest (about the church)?

Why Do We Struggle to be Open and Honest?   There are many temptations common to a church.  Among the most deadly is the temptation to appease.  Let’s face it, in most church cultures being nice is a much higher core value than being open and honest.  Not so many years ago we had aContinue reading “Why Do We Struggle to be Open and Honest (about the church)?”

When is it Spiritual Attack? (and when is it not?)

When is it Spiritual Attack? I am not a guy who sees a demon under every rock but I do have a pastoral file for “Spiritual Attack.”  The one thing I have learned over the past thirty years of ministry is that if the attack is spiritual in nature, good business practice (even when baptized)Continue reading “When is it Spiritual Attack? (and when is it not?)”