Perhaps the biggest surprise I received at “Charm School” (the denominational training for District Superintendents and Directors of Connectional Ministry) was a widespread sense of burden and sacrifice that presenter after presenter lifted up and focused on. (Not all of them, but many… our plenary speakers on Poverty and Global Health […]
I’m attending the School of Congregational Development this week in Evanston, Illinois, and in just the first few hours I am struck by a radical disconnect in our church. There is such energy and passion here. There is a deep vision for transformation of individual lives, congregations, communities and the […]
In the scientific worlds of physics and astronomy an enormous effort is underway to discover a unifying force or principle that underlies all of creation. Scientists are pursuing nothing short of a theory of everything, or T.O.E. Since Einstein transformed our understanding of the known world, the universe, and […]
Today has been a day for introspection — thinking about the future by reflecting on the past. Thinking particularly about the three churches of my childhood and what they taught me about what it means — and doesn’t mean — to be church. And, at least in my case, three […]
Look at the following images. Which one most resembles your vision for mission and ministry in the church? There are visions, then there are visions. Let’s take a look at the various types of vision in our church and what impact they have on our overall effectiveness.