Mission

What the Church Can Learn From Kickstarter

Do you know about Kickstarter? Maybe you’ve heard your kids talk about it or seen it on the news.  It’s been around a while but is quickly gaining popularity. Check out this description from Kickstarter’s website at www.kickstarter.com “At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They’re rallying around their friends’ ideas, backing projects from ...

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The Death of the UMC Connection

The idea of connection came unto its own during a moment in church history that was contentious and dramatic. As America began to find itself as a representative democracy, its citizens began to desire what they saw as a more democratic style of church structure, and they began to turn more and more to congregational styles of organization where each church ...

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The End of Youth Ministry

The End of Youth Ministry

OK I know that sounds a little dramatic.  Let me start Micro and move towards Meta.  I also really want your input, so this is a conversation starter.  Here it goes: Well for about two weeks now I have become the acting Children’s Ministry Director at the Church where I am doing Interim Youth Ministry. They are doing some budget ...

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Change The World on May 19-20

On May 19–20, United Methodists will unite community-by community around the world in a grassroots movement to encourage all people to perform simpla projects in their community to improve lives and change the world. This event teams Rethink Church with the Imagine No Malaria project to make a huge impact in th world. This takes your everyday service work and ...

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Moving from “Program-First” to “Vision-Driven”

There have been some great pieces on the Youth Worker Movement lately about discipleship in youth ministry, and how we can be better about that work.  Our focus of discipleship, or “disciple making” in youth ministry is rooted in the United Methodist Church’s mission statement of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Does your church ...

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Change the World by ONLY Throwing Off Your Shoes?

Today is apparently TOMS Shoes “one day without shoes” which someone had to tell me about. The idea being that we not wear shoes through the day to bring awareness & some empathy to the plight of those around the world who go without adequate or any footwear. This article is not because of my distaste for TOMS, they are ...

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