16. Ten Provocative Questions

Dr. Lovett Weems of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership (and a member of our Missouri Conference!) presented some observations about the State of the Church to the Council of Bishops, and again to the meeting of Extended Cabinets at Lake Junaluska last week.  He entitled his talk, ìTen Provocative Questions,î and I encourage you […]

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161. Reflections on Easter Services

Palm Sunday I enjoyed the privilege of preaching to a full house at Shiloh UMC. It was a beautiful day, bright and sunny, and the warm receptivity and great singing deepened my anticipation of Holy Week and Easter. Since I began serving as Bishop, our family has adopted the tradition of selecting a congregation or […]

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35. What’s Your System for Reaching People?

Recently a clergy friend loaned me a CD of a talk by Andy Stanley about ministry systems.  I havenít read much of Stanleyís work, but I appreciated some of the stories he told.  For instance, he described ìthe systemî in his family for getting the garbage taken out.   Each Wednesday night, heíd tell his sons […]

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