1. Welcome, Purpose, and Background

Welcome to the Five Practices Blog (Web Log, for those of us new to this form of conversation!). I’m Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church and author of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations. The purpose of this website is to identify and connect congregations and church leaders who seek […]

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137. Come and See

While sitting in an airport lounge that had become crowded because of all the flight delays caused by a sudden storm, I couldn’t help but overhear bits and pieces of conversations around me. Two business women in their twenties were sitting in the seats next to me with their laptops, file folders, and briefcases. They […]

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169. Growing Deeper

Methodism began as a way of life rather than as a denominational system. John Wesley’s passion was leading people to follow Jesus, and his genius was developing patterns and support systems to help people walk with Christ. Wesley believed we cooperate with the Holy Spirit in our own spiritual growth through personal practices. Spiritual practices […]

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