UMC leadership

The Commission on A Way Forward's refusal to share news of its deliberations with the wider church shows a lack of that leadership that United Methodists deeply need now, says layman Lonnie D. Brooks. Read more


Spiritual Foundation

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Rev. Jack Shitama talks about how Jesus' practice of "going apart to pray" is still vital for Christian leaders today. Read more

Practicing Faith

Love One Another

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"However we may rationalize schism as faithfulness to truth and orthodoxy, or as the cost of bold prophetic witness, the world correctly sees it as the failure to love," asserts retired Bishop Kenneth L. Carder. Read more

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Shepherd's Field

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In this time when collaboration and transparency are needed, the Rev. Jason Valendy thinks the United Methodist bishops proposal, "A Way Forward," shows a way of leading from among the flock that clashes with traditional leadership styles. Read more

Ordained Ministry

Surviving the rigors of church leadership with one's faith intact requires intentional tending of our spiritual assumptions about ourselves and the church environment, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

Practicing Faith


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Communications consultant Diane Rheos challenges our concepts of the conflicts that The United Methodist Church – in fact, all parts of the Church – are going through now. Read more


Eleanor Roosevelt

Public Domain Photo

The new Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelt family inspires a meditation on the nature and need for leadership in church and society. Read more



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Shmoo Church

Those lovable, highly usable but ultimately satirical Shmoo creatures from the old L'il Abner comic strip resemble The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick Read more

Sep 13, 2013 2:54 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

UMC-related United Theological Seminary will host a September Conference exploring how women lead, preach and minister in faith. Read more


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Instead of recruiting only Americans to deal with the American UMC's decline, what would it look like if Americans, Africans, Europeans, and Asians were to go on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Methodism to learn together? Read more


Too Busy

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Too Busy to Learn

The Rev. Dan R. Dick explores the long-range implications of a church leadership that's too busy to learn new knowledge. Read more

Jul 17, 2013 2:02 PM Dan R. Dick

Letter E

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Leadership Made "E"-z

Much as he dislikes their cutesy effects, the Rev. Dan R. Dick offers a model of leadership that builds on a string of memory devices starting with the letter "E." Read more

May 24, 2013 10:50 AM Dan R. Dick

Lego Church

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Lego Church

The "one-way-for-all" approach to growing churches -- like Lego kits with only one building plan -- is precisely what The United Methodist Church does NOT need in this time of change, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Apr 24, 2013 9:01 AM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Three Monkeys

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Leading in the Little Things

A youth leader's actions in NOT correcting young people's unChristian attitudes sparks a response from the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Mar 15, 2013 2:39 PM Dan R. Dick

Yes Man

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The Catch-22 of Change and Bureaucracies

The phrase -- and the irony -- inspired by Joseph Heller's classic novel "Catch-22" are very much alive and well in The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Teddy Ray. Read more

Mar 9, 2013 4:34 PM Teddy Ray 1 Comments

Why Answer the Call?

Why Answer the Call?

Responding to a question from fellow blogger John Meunier about his post, "Vital Is As Vital Does," Dan R. Dick lifts up his hopes that The United Methodist Church can still attract capable young ministers. Read more

Mar 9, 2013 3:39 PM Dan R. Dick

Cracked ring

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Pastoral Pride and Leadership

A cracked seminary class ring becomes a channel of illumination on the nature of Christian ministry for the Rev. Sky McCracken, a district superintendent in the Memphis Annual Conference. Read more

Feb 21, 2013 2:58 PM Sky McCracken 1 Comments