Archives for September 2013

Recently Read:Trapped — The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About

Gordon Atkinson, a former Baptist pastor and the blogger known to many as the “Real Live Preacher”, is starting a series of articles on ministers who are ready to leave their positions: Here is the thing that we don’t talk about: There are thousands of ministers out there who no longer wish to be ministers. […]

Swanson says men need new Christian identity

by Rich Peck* NASHVILLE, Tenn.––“Men are in search of a new Christian identity.” That’s what Mississippi Area Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. told the General Commission on United Methodist Men, at the conclusion of their Sept. 6-7 meeting in Nashville. Serving as chair of the 20-member commission, Swanson said that men are seeking to find […]

Recently Read: UMR columnist reflects on 9/11

UMR columnist and Claflin University chaplain Major Ken Walden was featured on the local Columbia, SC Fox affiliate. Click the link below to check it out: Ken Walden on WACH Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with […]

Walden’s Words: Team work makes a team work

Ken Walden unpacks the importance of the team for a successful ministry:
“In my civilian pastoral ministry, I understand how essential components interact together as it relates to leadership, followership, and delegation. All three should be applied and equally celebrated within a faith community. Congregational life should be a team effort at almost every level. I think the military does a good job in making clear distinctions in roles and responsibilities.”

Recently Read: Can Francis Asbury help you be a more effective communicator?

Our friend Kevin Watson is starting a new series at Vital Piety looking at Francis Asbury’s communication skills. Drawing on John Wigger’s excellent biography of Asbury, Watson begins by considering Asbury’s “legendary piety and perseverance, rooted in a classical evangelical conversion experience.” Asbury was an effective communicator and leader, then, because people could see that […]

United Methodists launch effort to expand scouting ministry

The General Commission on United Methodist Men, meeting Sept. 6-7 in Nashville, learned that there are 363,876 youth meeting in 10,868 BSA units sponsored by 6,700 United Methodist congregations, the second highest among all denominations. That number is likely to increase because of the presence of 234 scouting ministry specialists in 47 annual conferences and because Mississippi Area Bishop James Swanson, chair of the commission, has written a letter to other active bishops encouraging them to hold Bishop’s Dinners for Scouting.

Recently Read: Guntersville Woman Helps the Homeless

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Shirley Chupp is a very special woman who reaches out to the community with open arms ready to love and help the needy. She is a counselor with Guntersville First United Methodist Church, but she also is the driving force behind a program for the homeless that offers a safe sheltered […]

Recently Read: What would happen if your church was reviewed on TripAdvisor?

Churches spend a lot of time on the big things, like a glorious anthem and prophetic preaching. But a UMC pastor says small details matter, too, like lights that burn brightly, signs that make sense and greeters who greet. via How to welcome church visitors | What would happen if your church was reviewed on […]

General Board of Global Ministries Launches Generation Transformation

New York — The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is launching Generation Transformation, a new movement that provides mission service opportunities for young adults ages 18-30. “Global Ministries is committed to offering mission service opportunities for young people all around the globe,” says Judy Y. Chung, associate general secretary of missionary services. “As […]

Recently Read: Becoming comfortable being uncomfortable

Josh Fitzpatrick, Youth Minister at the First UMC of Duncanville, TX, recalls a story from his family that taught him a valuable lesson in his ministry: I wonder how many times we talk ourselves out of opportunities that could end up being really incredible experiences by telling ourselves that we don’t belong, by giving in […]