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Five Things The United Methodist Church is Doing Right

by Marty Cauley Frustrated with the Negativity! If I read one more well intentioned article about what the church, particularly The United Methodist Church, is doing wrong I think I will scream. Yes, I know we are struggling with years of decline. I know our buildings are old, our polity is complicated, and we are not […]

UPDATED: Recently Viewed: Homeless, Not Voiceless (Dallas Street Choir)

Time for an uplifting moment. The Dallas Street Choir is a ministry in by the North Texas Conference area and directed by Dr. Jonathan Palant who is also the Director of Music at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Mike McKee says “Jonathan Palant is one of a kind! He started the Dallas Street Choir (Homeless,Not […]

Mystic Chapel: An example of a ritual use review

By Taylor Burton Edwards* Introduction I’ve had hymns, hymnals and congregational singing on my mind a lot over this past year or two. We at Discipleship Ministries and the Publishing House had been in negotiations since 2014 about bringing a proposal for a new hymnal to General Conference this year. We’ve come to agree on […]

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 […]

How Big Data disrupts Narratives of #UMC Decline

by Jeremy Smith Big Data in the UMC challenges the narrative of decline “due to progressive Christianity,” and shows what role each of us is to play to handle the coming winnowing of the church. Recently the data for 2014 came out on the United Methodist Church in America, showing a 1.6% drop in membership […]

Recently Read: New Publication Honors Christian Education Faculty Members Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain

EVANSTON, Illinois – In the forward of the newly published book, Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain (Wipf & Stock, 2015), longtime friend and United Methodist colleague, Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore, dean of the School of Theology and professor of theology and education at Boston University, begins […]

You Know You’re Ready For Young People If…

By Rebekah Simon-Peter The number one thing I hear church leaders around the country say is: We’d like to have more young people in worship. That’s a terrific aspiration. But don’t say it if you don’t mean it. Digitals (born around 1999 and onward) and millennials (born around 1982-1998) will bring their own set of […]

Recently Read: The inconvenience of apportionments

by B. Kevin Smalls Visit his blog at bkevinsmalls.wordpress.com. I remember growing up hearing the complaints of how costly apportionments are to some local churches. “We don’t have that many people.” “Our building is falling down around us.” “We have needs in our own backyard.” Sadly, I’ve also seen the passive-aggressive ways of congregations to punish […]

Leading Young People To Theologically Minded Faith

by Fred Edie This article is featured in the Youth Ministry: A Part of the Church or Apart from the Church? (Nov/Dec/Jan 2015-16) issue of Circuit Rider For too long Christians have thought of theology as an esoteric academic discipline, the province of supercilious, tenured scholars scheming behind the fortified walls of ivory towers. We […]

Chuck Knows Church Launches New Show Jan. 12

Chuck Knows Church is expanding to a new series, and this time Chuck is on a church committee!

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