First United Methodist Church of Mesa (FUMC) is a located in the downtown area of Mesa, AZ, which is a city that is experiencing a new time of growth Continue Reading
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“Let me not die while I am still alive.” Such a profound revelation could only be spoken by someone lost in deep despair. Someone who has experienced the unexpected Continue Reading
How can an affluent congregation build friendships with persons living in poverty in their neighborhood? First United Methodist Church serves the mission field of Monticello, Arkansas, a county seat town Continue Reading
Introduction The church is not a machine, but pastors are often expected to function as if they are operating one. That is the basic problem identified by my Doctor of Continue Reading
The Albatross Countless midsized churches experienced a rapid increase in numbers in the late ’90s. In their excitement, they built big buildings taking on large mortgages, believing their growth and Continue Reading
What can be learned about the meaning of the Lord’s Supper by listening to worshipers? Conversations with members of St. Luke revealed that they are aware of and participate in Continue Reading
Why Hospitality in the Black Church? In contemporary American culture, we often hear how many congregations are in drastic decline and in some cases struggling to survive. This is especially Continue Reading