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Our Future Is Mobile

Unless it adapts quickly, The United Methodist Church will miss a critical opportunity to serve the spiritual needs of the mobile, digitally focused society we have become, writes Patrick Scriven. more »

Jan 29, 2014 by in Perspectives (2 Comments)

The Church Is a Hot Mess

Pacific Northwest Conference communicator Patrick Scriven laments the contentious United Methodist context that now threatens so much valuable ministry and mission. more »

Nov 20, 2013 by in Perspectives

Recent studies show the influence of pastors compared to that of laypeople

Illustration Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

The Church Needs More Innovative Pastors like MTV Needs More Twerking*

The United Methodist Church doesn't need any more innovative pastors, writes Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference. What it really needs is to empower its laypeople to share their faith in innovative ways. more »

Aug 29, 2013 by in Perspectives (2 Comments)

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Is the UMC a Big Tent or a Circus?

Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Conference ponders what UM clergy and congregations will do now that Washington state has approved same-sex marriage. more »

Nov 18, 2012 by in Perspectives (1 Comments)

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