As the United States screeches with discord and distrust, the people in pulpits and in pews are exhausted. Some had loved ones piloting evacuation…
Tag: Works of Mercy
Gathering in Worship Again: Ways to Mark Change
As many congregations return to gathering in new or partial ways after a period of virtual worship, there are both logistical challenges and shepherding…
Lenten Love: Make Things Better
The Lenten season has started. Lent is six weeks (excluding Sundays) dedicated to prayer, fasting, and reflection to prepare for the grand celebration of…
Review: Dr. Rob Haynes Explores “Renew Your Wesleyan DNA”
What makes a Methodist a “Methodist”? This is an increasingly important question in the age of the rise of secularism, the decline of churches…
Epiphany: A Kaleidoscope of Mercy
We have traveled (less this year than others) through the days of Christmas feasting, arriving like the Magi at Epiphany. This is a blessing…
Visits through the Distance: Pastoral Presence
Before this pandemic, there were pastors who felt the call to preach but not the call to reach. Visits to members can feel intimidating.
Carolyn Moore ~ Spirit-Filled Ministry: “I Forgot How Big”
Whether you are worn out or burned out, you owe it to yourself and your sense of call to find a place of prayer, then shake the gates of heaven asking for the Holy Spirit to come and fill you, or fill you again.
Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ A Prayer for Burning Grace: Protocols & Pentecost
When the strain is greatest, let’s continue to forge ahead with creative resilience.
Wesleyan Accent ~ Practical Coronavirus Communication for Congregations
Given that local relationships will drive much of the local response, the following examples help address a couple of immediate needs faced by clergy and congregational members: church Coronavirus communication and communicating with vulnerable populations with proactive hospitality.
Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ Living with Gracious Conviction
These habits will help form a posture of communicating – of living – with gracious conviction. Most of them rely on humility in action; they show and shape perspective at the same time. They are habits learned as we follow Jesus around as his apprentices. They don’t always come easily; as we learn, we still fall short. But this is the Jesus way. We can’t do less – and by God’s grace, it will become easier.