Editor’s Picks — July 4, 2013

Editor's Picks | United Methodist ReporterHere are some of the things we’ve been reading this week that related to life in our United Methodist Church:

The woman behind Textweek.com
Susan L. Oppat at Faith And Leadership profiles Jenee Woodard, the United Methodist woman that more than a few pastors are dependent on in sermon writing these days. 

What makes for holy conferencing?
Allan R. Bevere reflects on the need for holy conferencing in the UMC, and describes what that conferencing might look like. 

9 signs your church is ready to reach unchurched people
Carey Nieuwhof is the pastor of the non-denominational congregation Connexus Community Church and has been offering some great insights on evangelism and welcome. This is a great list for any church trying to decide about their readiness to reach out to the world. 

 

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