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Three Ways to Encourage Gratitude in the Church

6/27/2016

By Tricia Brown, United Methodist Communications “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero According to University of Mississippi Medical Center chaplain Doris Whitaker, being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones. The director of pastoral services explains, “Thankfulness releases ...


After GC2016, Future Murky for Agency Reform

6/23/2016

Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS Plan UMC agency restructuring got a chilly reception at the 2016 General Conference. Church leaders still are looking for how agencies can better serve the global connection. By Heather Hahn, United Methodist  UMNS Plan UMC has taken an unplanned detour — at least for now. The 2016 General Conference referred parts...


Is Being an Early Adopter Bad?

6/23/2016

By Jane Massey, United Methodist Communications "I need a blog. I must have a blog by next week. … What's a blog?" —Colleague in a meeting My friend and former coworker just wanted to be relevant and catch up with an alarmingly changed business landscape. It's hard to resist the siren calls of marketing "gurus/ninjas" who speak in extreme ...


Leadership Lessons from John Wesley and Successor John Fletcher

6/22/2016

John Wesley and John Fletcher images from the Engraved Portraits of the First Methodist Divines, Archives and Manuscript Department, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University. By Clay Morgan, United Methodist Communications John Fletcher was born in Switzerland, grew up speaking French and settled in England where he helped shape the world. John ...


A guide to pastoral transitions: Pt. 1, The First 30 Days

6/21/2016

By Eric Seiberling, United Methodist Communications When pastors receive a new appointment, they have 90 days to prove themselves, gain credibility and start to establish positive momentum. That’s according to organizational research by Michael Watkins, outlined in his book “The First 90 Days.” Watkins says that a leader’s success or failure is ...


How to Love Your Church by Letting Go

6/21/2016

Photo by ©CreationSwap/Kevin Carden By Tricia Brown, United Methodist Communications Churches are made up of people, and — let's be honest — sometimes people can be hard to love. No one knows that better than pastors and other church leaders. So, how can you learn to love your church more? You may want to sit down. If you're reading this on your...


Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

6/20/2016

From the United Methodist Council of Bishops Washington, D.C.: The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a more efficient and collaborative team environment. The plan would more fully integrate the work of the ...


A Church First: United Methodist Father, Daughter Ordained Same Day

6/17/2016

Photo by Hugh Scott, Oklahoma Annual Conference The Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe and her father, the Rev. Alan Nagel were ordained in the same annual conference at the same time. A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* “Those are all the Father’s Day presents for the rest of your life,” the Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe remembers joking with her dad following...


Ten Fun Facts About John Wesley on His Birthday

6/17/2016

John Wesley is depicted as a young preacher in this sculpture by Adam Carr located in Melbourne, Australia. Public domain photo by Adam Carr/Wikipedia. By Jeremy Steele, United Methodist Communications History is more than facts and figures. It is full of real people with real stories. Connecting with those people and stories helps us understand...


“All is Prayer”: How Words and Actions Serve God and Others

6/16/2016

Photo courtesy of Bob Dickson and his daughter Rachel, Madison First United Methodist Church Intercessory prayer brings people of all ages together with those for whom they pray, and one another. A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino* When tragedy occurs, we offer our thoughts and prayers for the victims. When a friend is suffering through a difficult...


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