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Recently Read: Failure to launch – I planned a service for students. None came.

by Mark Yaconelli The advertisement in our church news­letter was simple and straightforward. “We need someone to direct the college prayer service.” I’d spent two years as a parishioner of the 250-member church and was looking for a way to serve. As a veteran youth worker, a retreat leader, and author of four books on […]

Preaching To Confront Racism

By William H. Willimon Moralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice, Lutheran James Childs warns: “Preaching that always goes directly from sin to salvation or from cross to resurrection without ever stopping off at sanctification is missing […]

Racial Justice Conversations Guide

Are you seeking ways to engage others in difficult, but important, conversations—such as the topic of white privilege and/or racial inequality? The following resources are intended to help get you started and create building blocks for additional work.   Read more and find additional links to resources at The General Commission on Religion and Race. […]

Recently Read: Changes in Federal Employment Law Addressed by GCFA

Nashville, TN – In May of this year, the U. S. Department of Labor announced its final changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations. The regulation defines rules to be followed in categorizing certain employees as exempt or non-exempt thereby impacting applicability of overtime payment requirements. The regulations, which go into effect December […]

Northaven UMC takes historic vote to celebrate same-sex weddings

by Christy Thomas “I cried in church today. I cried because something deep within me felt like my church is standing with me, taking risks for me. They told me that I wasn’t disposable.” This statement was made by Cody McMahan, a member of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The Rev. Eric Folkerth […]

Top 5 Ways To Cope When You Want To Take This Ministry Job And Shove It

By Talbot Davis Ministry is like most occupations. There are times, in the immortal words of Johnny Paycheck, when you want to take this job and shove it. So what do you do when you’re a pastor and Mr. Paycheck is singing to you? For you? Well, as a survivor of a few of those […]

GC Shorts — Confirmation is cool again

Sparkhouse unveils a new confirmation curriculum in the Exhibit Hall. Wes Magruder

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball reflects on today’s laity address

I had a chance to catch up with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball today. We worked together for several years, and I’m very familiar with her belief that laity are vital to transforming the church in the 21st century. Take a listen to her reflection on the laity address, and read the full text here. Laura […]

Recently Read: How to Use Technology in Ministry With Young People

*by Kelly Preston Tech is a touchy subject on which EVERYONE has an opinion. One youth director declares, “All technology is banned from youth group!” Some leaders collect phones and other devices at the door to meetings. Some have a basket or hanging organizer where devices can be parked, away from everyone’s hands and eyes. […]

Dispatch From The Front Line

  by Rev. Wes Magruder A group of men and women in high-res yellow vests huddle around a fire in a barrel on the beach as the wind picks up off the Aegean Sea. Suddenly, someone shouts and there is a flurry of activity, as people rush to their cars and take off screaming down […]