It's crucial to find a group of people who "get" what you do in order to do your best in ministry and life, writes the Rev. Jack Shitama. Read more

Ordained Ministry

The Rev. Ben Gosden shares his answers to the often-irritating but necessary question, "How can the church be relevant?" Read more

Local Church

Blessings are the visible signs of God’s love embodied in Christian community, and we have far more than we might perceive, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more

Practicing Faith

Confronted by a complaint about her church's annual Santa Breakfast for the community, the Rev. Jen Stuart finds herself overwhelmed to the point of tears at the complexity of human emotion during the season. Read more

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Three concepts -- struggle over one's own idolatry, commitment to common good, and fairer economic practices -- are Muslim ideals that the Rev. Morgan Guyton finds resemble rarely used Christian practices. Read more


In the midst of chaotic times, Dr. Hal Brady advocates for three qualities to form greater unity: shared adversity, commitment and love. Read more


Front Porch

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"Front Porch Therapy" – where people can greet one another and view the world – could be just what's needed to create a more compassionate community, writes the Rev. Billy Cox. Read more

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"Me-ness" has replaced "we-ness" in The United Methodist Church, and it's depriving us of the kind of faith community that Jesus intended, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Perspectives Archive


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Overused Words That No One Really Understands, No. 1: Community

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford makes the case that certain church buzzwords are frequently used without true understanding of their meaning. Read more

May 6, 2015 5:47 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford

Farm road

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What if The United Methodist Church gave up trying to control its membership growth through programs, and modeled its outreach on the story in Luke of Jesus sending 70 messengers to Samaria? asks the Rev. BethAnn Estock. Read more


Laying the Foundation

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Henry Neufeld looks at what makes for genuine Christian community, not merely belonging to a faith-based organization. Read more