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I’m Done Fixing the Church: Turning the Future Over to God

When I find that I am spending my time and energy in ways that are out of sync with my calling, I find it helpful to dust off my ordination vows and reread them in a quiet place where I can reflect. I am always thankful to be reminded that my vows do not ask me to “fix” the church; rather, they ask me to be faithful to the church.

A trinity of churches find connection their greatest ally

The Waples Memorial, Trinity, and Price Memorial United Methodist Churches of Denison, TX, recently joined together in a cooperative way to form a “trinity of churches.” Gary Carter of Waples Memorial UMC reports on the success of this creative ministry.

10 Questions for Church Leaders: Barbara Boigegrain

UMR’s Mike Baughman talks with GBPHB head Barbara Boigegrain about pensions, health insurance and “ObamaCare.”

10 Questions for Church Leaders: Bishop Michael J. Coyner

Bishop Michael J. Coyner “Bishop Mike” as most people call him, is originally from Anderson, Indiana. He served churches of various sizes, served as a District Superintendent of the former Lafayette District, and was also the Executive Assistant to Bishop Woodie W. White for the Indiana Area. He was elected a bishop of the United […]

Editor’s Picks for 7/10/2013

Here are a few of the things we’ve been reading today. Free offer your comments on these stories below. Wesley Didn’t Say It: “Holy Conferencing” Kevin Watson continues with his series on popular sayings attributed to John Wesley that he didn’t really say.  Methodist Church appoints working group on marriage Our friends across the pond […]

Editor’s Picks — July 4, 2013

Here 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 […]

10 Questions for Church Leaders: Bishop Ken Carter

Bishop Ken Carter Florida Episcopal Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. was elected in July of 2012 by the members of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church to the episcopacy, and appointed to serve the Florida Episcopal Area. A native of Georgia, Bishop Carter is a graduate of Columbus College (B.S.), Duke University […]

History of Hymns: Priest bases hymn on call to be ‘fishers of men’

Of his five hymns in the UM Hymnal, “Pescador de Hombres” (“Fisher of Men”), the original Spanish title, is the most popular and indeed, one of the more popular newer hymns in the hymnal. Written in 1979, “Tú has venido a la orilla” (the Spanish opening line) is based on the parallel passages found in the synoptic gospels on Jesus’ calling of his first disciples (Matthew 4:18-20; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11).

The theology behind disaster relief and recovery

By Thomas Kemper, United Methodist News Service… “Churches Shelve Theology for Disaster Relief Efforts” ran the headline of a Tennessee newspaper reporting on a devastating 2010 flood. The article focused on how churches with different ways of thinking were working together in response to the urgent needs of flood victims. Yet the headline also suggested […]

Basketball ministry ‘assists’ young men

By Kara Witherow, Special Contributor… Treshaad Williams had always dreamed of playing college basketball. The 19-year-old, a standout football, basketball and track star at Berrien County High School, even tried out for South Georgia Technical College’s team. But when he didn’t make it, Mr. Williams returned to his full-time job as a Hardee’s cook. His […]