10. Fruitfulness More Than Numbers

Andy Bryan wrote a good-humored blog entry about the use of the Five Practices in his congregation and among his colleagues.  He coined the verb ìto Schnaseî to describe those times when he or someone else would use a quote from Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.  He talked about ìSchnaseingî people and being ìSchnasiedî as […]

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42. Roast Duck and Getting Things Done

As I was enjoying dinner with some lay members of the conference the other day, one of them asked about some of my hopes and plans for the future of Missouri United Methodism. I outlined what I have repeated so many times before, including a special emphasis on new church starts, creating a culture of […]

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74. Episcopacy and Itineracy

As you read this, lay and clergy delegates in equal numbers are arriving from fifteen annual conferences and eleven Episcopal areas covering eight states for the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Dallas.  While there are three days of agenda items, reports, and worship services, the only substantive purpose for Jurisdictional Conferences is the election, consecration, […]

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