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Patrick Scriven

Toilet paper hanging

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Language and music count far less than a sense of authenticity when it comes to choosing a style of worship, writes Patrick Scriven. more »

Oct 29, 2015 3:29 PM Local Church

Toilet paper hanging

Courtesy of Patrick Scriven

Language and music count far less than a sense of authenticity when it comes to choosing a style of worship, writes Patrick Scriven. more »

Oct 29, 2015 3:29 PM Local Church

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

Door Close

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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

Granny and Mohawk

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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

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

Church Mobile

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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

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

Innovation

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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

Ringmaster

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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

A Bishop's Prayer

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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 In the Church 7 Comments