IDENTITY MATTERS

One of the most basic questions that we all ask is, “Who am I?” This question is usually followed by another question that goes something like this, “Do I matter?” Everyone wants and needs to feel valued and accepted. We have an innate desire to know that who we are and…

DARKNESS VS. THE LIGHT

A personal reflection from Associate Superintendent Peter Johnson. Being in darkness is never good when you know that you should be in the light. A month ago, I was mowing the grass and gathering up the leaves one last time before the winter season. The last thing I remember was…

A 2018 KIND OF LEADER

I’ve been deeply committed to growth as a leader for more than 20 years. Admittedly, I haven’t always had the same idea of what kind of leader I should be. This has often looked different to me, according to whatever stage of ministry or season of life I was in…

THREE THINGS WE MUST SEE IN 2018

USA Today recently released its list of 10 Must See Films of 2018. What came to mind for me when I scanned the list was how bad things must be here in the real world, because 7 of the 10 movies were fantasy or science fiction. There must be some…

THE GREATEST OF ALL HINGE MOMENTS

Near the end of our recent All Peoples East Gathering in Charlotte, a man got up and made a presentation about hinge moments. Do you know what a hinge moment is? Using a case study from a church in Birmingham, Alabama this man taught us about hinge moments. Though not…

CUT ARIGHT! A WORD OF CHRISTMAS ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PREACHERS AND TEACHERS

Years ago I heard RC Sproul say that Christmas can be a time of anxiety for pastors/teachers. Teachers and preachers deal with the same stressors as everyone else, but are also tasked with teaching on an incredibly familiar story. Because of its familiarity, teachers can overthink it and get too…

ULTIMATE ACCOUNTABILITY: LIVING IN LIGHT OF THE PAINFUL FALL OF MEDIA GIANTS

Americans have recently witnessed the fall of some media giants. Wow, these stories have been disheartening to say the least. Amidst my sadness over these stories, however, I’m actually glad about a couple of things: I’m glad that some of the wounded women have found their voices and mustered up…

BUILDING A LEADERSHIP PIPELINE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

The chair was oversized, soft and the perfect place for a late afternoon nap. With kids running around the living room and dinner preparations clanging in the kitchen, he slipped into blissful slumber. We watched in amazement as he slept through all the commotion. Nothing could wake him. Without warning the incredibly annoying…

THE KEY TO MINISTERING TO MILLENNIALS

BY COLEMAN RAFFERTY Despite its self-contradiction, the principle that exclusive, objective truth is unknowable has gained much traction in younger generations today. Our postmodern age has indoctrinated specifically the millennial generation with claims such as, “the truth is relative,” and, “what’s true for you may not be true for me.”…

BEWARE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Have you heard this joke? A person bought an elephant for a friend’s room. The friend thanked him to which the person said, “Don’t mention it.”  Think about it, you will get it. Hint: What is true of the elephant in the room?  Does your church have the proverbial elephant in the room? That uncomfortable…

7 REASONS TO BRING BACK THE INVITATION

I believe an invitation for people to respond to the preacher’s message should be given every time the Word is preached in a corporate gathering. From personal observation and from what I’m reading lately, it seems to me that a growing number of pastors disagree with me. Here’s a recent blog…

IS YOUR CHURCH DOING ONLINE GIVING?

As a District Superintendent I am always on the lookout for ways to help leaders. Sometimes I might be able to point leaders to biblical or theological resources, and sometimes it’s purely practical. If I find something that can help leaders save time and money I’m definitely interested. In recent…

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