An Eastern Redbud, also known as a Judas Tree, in full bloom.

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Judas Trees and Jesus

Judas trees, AKA Eastern Redbuds, bloom as a poignant reminder that Lent is a time to turn enemies into friends, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more »

Apr 3, 2014 in Tim McClendon (1 Comments)

When Is the Right Time to Close a Church?

As a district superintendent in South Carolina, the Rev. Tim McClendon wonders how to assess when a congregation has reached the end of its life cycle and it's ready to be closed. more »

Jan 23, 2014 by in Tim McClendon (1 Comments)

Truthful Tuesday

After a "Truthful Tuesday" in South Carolina, the Rev. Tim McClendon reflects on how everyone holds diverse opinions despite how hard we try to pigeon-hole one another in both church and society. more »

Jan 17, 2014 by in Tim McClendon

Finding God's Will: Will Jackson

District superintendent Timothy McClendon says that finding God's will "ain't rocket science;" all it takes is focusing on God-sized dreams. more »

Sep 25, 2013 by in Tim McClendon

The United Methodist Church system requires clergy to be superheroes but gives them little support for the tasks of ministry.

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Appointment-making and itinerancy

The Rev. Tim McClendon, a district superintendent in the South Carolina Annual Conference, examines the United Methodist process of appointing clergy. more »

Mar 12, 2013 by in Tim McClendon (1 Comments)

Deadheading the Church?

His pansy bed led the Rev. Tim McClendon to ask: Is it time to cut off the parts of the Church that will keep it from blooming in the future? more »

Mar 5, 2013 by in Tim McClendon

Jesus taught in ambiguous parables that required his listeners to think more deeply and come to their own decisions.

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Adaptive Leadership Opens Doors to God

The Rev. Tim McClendon contends that the UMC's adaptive leadership strategy serves to guide the church appropriately toward making disciples of Jesus Christ. more »

Feb 5, 2013 by in Tim McClendon (1 Comments)

John Wesley preaching at Epworth Market Cross.

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Election Angst Parallels the UMC

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders: Can Methodism's heritage of fostering spiritual awakening save the United States as it once saved England? more »

Nov 12, 2012 by in Tim McClendon

First a hurricane, and then a "superstorm," Sandy was a 700-mile-wide weather event that wreaked havoc along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

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Frankenstorms and Questions of Why

God does not will harm to people, declares the Rev. Tim McClendon In proposes ways for Christians to respond to a world in grief and pain in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. more »

Oct 30, 2012 by in Tim McClendon

Delegates and visitors fill the plenary hall during the May 1 afternoon celebration of Pan-Methodist Full Communion. The agreement, approved April 30 by General Conference, marks a historic covenant between the predominantly white UMC and five historically black churches.

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Supper’s Ready!

World Communion Sunday is a chance for all Christians everywhere to remember what we have in common -- the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more »

Oct 2, 2012 by in Tim McClendon

Armchair Quarterbacking and the Church

The Rev. Timothy McClendon talks about what it takes to "be" the church, not just "play at" church. more »

Sep 19, 2012 by in Tim McClendon

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Church Conflict and United Methodist Zeitgeist

Would it have helped if Jesus got into a shouting match with Pontius Pilate? Neither do such conflicts help the UMC, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon on how to deal with conflict constructively. more »

Aug 28, 2012 in Tim McClendon (1 Comments)

Jurisdictionals: Fear. Trembling and Leadership

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders the possibilities of Jurisdictional Conference as he prepares to go through the episcopal election process. more »

Jul 6, 2012 by in Tim McClendon

"The Sacking of Jerusalem" from the 1897 book "Bible Pictures" by W. A. Foster.

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UMC in Exile

The Rev. Tim McClendon likes the aftermath of the 2012 General Conference to Israel's exile in Babylon, finding its utter chaos a sign of opportunity for renewal. more »

Jun 8, 2012 by in Tim McClendon

Guaranteed Appointments, Itineracy and Being Sent for Jesus

The Rev. Tim McClendon offers his observations on the anxiety spread through the UMC following the elimination of guaranteed clergy appointments. more »

May 30, 2012 in Tim McClendon

United Methodist Pope and Problems of Consolidation

The Rev. Tim McClendon points out the significant legal hazards posed by the type of consolidation in the radical restructure of The United Methodist Church proposed by the Connectional Table/Interim Operations Team. more »

Nov 30, 2011 by in Tim McClendon

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