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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 […]

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 […]

Commentary: Good church members or disruptive disciples?

by The Rev. Christy Thomas I was in conversation last night with a good friend about the nature of discipleship. She’s been placed in charge of discipleship for her large church, a United Methodist congregation. We chatted about the history of discipleship plans there. Mostly they involved making sure the Sunday school classes were properly […]

A Prayer for Mandiba

Merciful God, Author of salvation, Giver of every gracious gift,
we give thanks for the life and witness of your servant, Nelson Mandela…

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.

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