change management

Before making changes in church or in our lives, it's best to determine if what we think will be better will actually be a benefit, suggests the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Practicing Faith


Jeremy Smith

The Rev. Jeremy Smith applies a popular trend researcher's "changemaker" template to the roles of United Methodist ordained ministers. Read more

Jeremy Smith

Bright things

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Like the mustard seed of Jesus' parable, really big changes start with small steps that sometimes can only be seen with the eyes of faith, says the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Practicing Faith

Sacred Cow

Courtesy of Jim Parsons

Knowing what constitutes a congregation's "sacred bundle" proves crucial in shepherding the process of change, writes the Rev. Jim Parsons. Read more

Local Church

Changes Ahead

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The Rev. Jim Parsons looks to a leadership course to provide guidance on enacting changes necessary to the life of the church. Read more

Jim Parsons

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. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

The Tone And Argument Police Have No Idea

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford rebuts recent arguments by the Rev. Stephen Rankin and Dr. David Watson about how United Methodists should engage in online discussion of issues facing the church. Read more

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Draw a Church

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How to create and manage change that adapts to new situations, not how to get better at current techniques, is what Christian need from educational conferences today, asserts the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Local Church


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Writing for the collaborative blog UMCLead, the Rev. Josh Hale compares the current polarized state of the denomination to being caught in the ambiguous state between letting go of old ways and embracing new ones. Read more