How well do you know the community around your church? Do you know how to use MissionInsite to learn about your neighborhood and the needs and interests of those who live near your church? Join us and Peter Wernett from MissionInsite to learn more about this program and how it can help you know how… Continue Reading→
After over 18 months of doing our best to live into BOTH/AND, many churches are feeling a mixture of exhilaration and exhaustion when thinking about the continuation of hybrid worship. While many have seen their reach extended, some have begun to lose their passion and resolve for creating truly hybrid worship experiences. As in-person numbers have… Continue Reading→
The Center for Leadership Excellence invites you to a webinar with Peter Wernett on MissionInsite and how to use this program to learn more about your neighbors and how to reach them. The MissionInsite resource is free for NCCUMC congregations. Does your congregation use it? This powerful data mining tool assists a congregation to create… Continue Reading→
There are some days in ministry that I wonder if God wasn’t crazy to call me into God’s service. Moses’ question in Exodus 3:11 (see below) becomes the very question that I ask myself and of God: Who am I? I ask this often in a self-deprecatory way because this is how I was socialized even though I was an excellent student and excellent employee. Even as a pastor, I often still ask myself: Who do you think you are?
I wish I could tell Moses all the great things God would do through him, even with all his doubts of ability and the massive criticism lodged at him from the very people he was called to save. So let me tell you that God’s call on your life is not based on your ability to perform
Need volunteers? Studies show that the pandemic has inspired an increased desire to get involved and volunteer (read article). How can our congregations capitalize on this desire to get involved? As a people whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, how can we cultivate opportunities of discipleship for our church… Continue Reading→
The Center for Leadership Excellence invites you to a webinar with Karen Tripp on how to energize and build your volunteer base in your church. It’s true. Studies show that more volunteer leaders mean more church growth. Let’s face it. An equipped and motivated volunteer team is priceless. An untrained and uninvolved volunteer team is… Continue Reading→
There are a few phrases and words I use every day in my life. At work and home, I catch myself saying “hope” a lot. As I try to keep everyone thinking positively, “I hope so” or “hopefully” seem to roll off my tongue.
As I write this, though, our parsonage fridge decided to go on sabbatical. And this morning, my spouse was busy getting ready for a funeral he was leading. Since I could tell that baking soda would not conquer the smells coming from the fridge, it was time to say “adios” to the trash and haul it to the nearby dump.
During the pandemic, we presented more than 40 virtual events about the unique leadership needed in this season. That is a lot of engagement, learning, and yes…Zoom time! We know many of you need a screen break over the summer and so we are taking the month of July to reset and plan for what’s… Continue Reading→
The Conference Connectional Table (CCT) met May 18 by Zoom for the second of its quarterly meetings in 2021. A meeting summary follows. STRUCTURAL UPDATES Bishop Leonard Fairley will come among us as episcopal leader in September. At Annual Conference, we will report the following shifts through the structure review process. Beth Hood will become… Continue Reading→