Patrick Scriven

What Can We Learn from Europe's Empty Churches?

U.S. denominations face the same surplus of church buildings that now challenges Europe. Patrick Scriven takes stock of how those buildings could be used. more »

Jan 9, 2015 9:35 AM Perspectives

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Buttons, Churches & Rigging the System

Like the unwired "Door Close" buttons in an elevator, Patrick Scriven challenges the Church's rigged system that shuts out most people from initiating and participating in beneficial change. more »

Dec 17, 2014 6:21 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

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7 Good Things That Could Happen if Denominations Retire

God is creating the church of our grandchildren at this very moment, and those in today's leadership could benefit this transition if they were to let go of their denominations, writes Patrick Scriven. more »

Dec 2, 2014 5:11 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

The Parable of the Unwanted Muscle Car

Pacific-Northwest communicator Patrick Scriven explains in parable fashion why the Millennial generation has little or no interest in taking over their parents' church. more »

Nov 12, 2014 10:09 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

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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 3:11 PM 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 3:09 PM Perspectives

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

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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 3:46 PM 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 8:50 AM Perspectives 1 Comments

Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert (right) prays with a delegate during April 26 evening worship at General Conference. The bishop's rainbow-colored scarf signifies his longtime support for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the work and life of The United Methodist Church.

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What does 'A Statement of Gospel Obedience' Mean for the Church?

Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference explores the wider implications of the statement on homosexuality adopted by the Western Jurisdiction. more »

Jul 27, 2012 12:09 PM Issues 7 Comments