Beloved: a community discussion concerning God’s beloved

on February 10, 2017 Leadership with 0 comments

In the United States and around the world, immigration and the welcoming of refugees continue to be among the most controversial issues. Domestically, debates about policy have divided our lawmakers, our judicial system, and even our churches. Refugees continue to seek out a safe place for their families away from the conflict, drought, and turmoil […]

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A New Year and New Hat

on January 3, 2017 Leadership with 0 comments

It’s a new year and I’ll be wearing an additional hat for 2017. Thirteen months ago, I was driving with Wayne Botkin, a good friend of mine, from a church planting meeting at Vineyard Church in Columbus. Wayne is a campus pastor at Christ Church who received his call to ministry at Ginghamsburg in the […]

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World Changers

on May 11, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

Our church is located in an economically depressed urban area just outside of Dayton, Ohio. One of our primary missions as a church is to cheer this tightknit community towards renewal and growth. Sometimes struggling neighborhoods need to be reminded that they are strong, they are capable, and they are well cared for. In my […]

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Who’s in Your Corner? Second in a two-part blog inspired by the movie, Creed

on April 13, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

Donnie Johnson, a.k.a. Adonis Creed, seeks out Rocky and tells him: “I want you to train me. I need somebody solid and who else better to go to? You at least owe me that.” Initially, Donnie has to hound Rocky to be his trainer. Rocky’s done with boxing. Rocky has lost many people he loved […]

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What Is Rooted?

on April 5, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

The first-ever ROOTED Church Planting Networkers Conference on April 19/20 will pull together ministry leaders interested in planting churches as well as those who have successfully done so. At this conference, many different models will be discussed, including plants in suburban settings as well as urban and rural ones. Restart models will be presented along […]

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The One Sin Pastors Get Away With (and Why They Shouldn’t)

on March 31, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

While the church debates what is sin and what is holy, there is one sin that has largely been ignored over the past few decades. It’s subtle and starts out small, but can become uncontrollable. I’m talking about the sin of pride resulting from success. One of the most dangerous things a person can experience […]

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Don’t Throw In The Towel

on March 9, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

There are times in life when it becomes easy to give up and throw in the towel. As a kid, if you ever played a sport or an instrument what we’ve heard often times ringing in our ears is “practice makes perfect.” How often are we perfect at something? We may be good, but perfect? […]

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Successful Habits Of A Night Owl

on February 4, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

For those of us who aren’t successful waking up at five a.m., I got news for you: you, too, can be productive. At the beginning of every year, I see articles about habits of the “highly successful.” For some reason, they all seem to agree with that old Ben Franklin adage about early to rise. […]

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Dealing With Disappointment

on February 3, 2016 Leadership with 0 comments

Around this time every year comes a day I look forward to with anticipation: Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a day besides Thanksgiving that American society allows gluttony to be socially acceptable. I’m talking about snacks galore…chicken wings, pizza, chips, dips, nachos…you get the picture. Then of course there are all the other enjoyable aspects… the […]

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The Financial Benefits of Bi-Vocational Ministry

on April 14, 2015 Ministry Makeover with 0 comments

One of the largest concerns facing the United Methodist Church today is spending and finances. As we watch church attendance decline, Methodist churches across the nation are also struggling with decreases in church funding, budget cuts, slimmer resources, and some are finding it difficult to afford paid clergy. You can only imagine the roadblocks this […]

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