Structured for Mission: District Connectionalism Simplified

Bishop Kenneth Carder explains that United Methodist’s “connectionalism . . . is an expression of our understanding of the church as the body of Christ, with each part of the Continue Reading

Appreciative Itineracy

You want me to go where??? One of the distinguishing characteristics of pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church is itineracy.  Pastors within United Methodist structures are “appointed” to churches Continue Reading

Sowing the Seeds of Friendship: Cultivating Hospitality Across Class Lines

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

Behind, In, In Front of

  Behind, In, In Front of A Study in Communal Hermeneutics Introduction Upon taking the reins as the pastor of a small United Methodist congregation in Westfield, NY, I quickly Continue Reading

Campus Ministry Sustained

Today’s Class Will Meet on Zoom What the New Arms Race in Higher Education Means Believe me, before I entered the doctor of ministry program at Emory’s Candler School of Theology Continue Reading

The Power of Mourning: Creating Spaces of Vulnerability for Black Clergywomen to Lament & Holler

For years, I have followed the career of Dr. Miranda Bailey on ABC’s medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. I have always been amazed by her intelligence, her leadership, her work ethic, Continue Reading

resilien·city: a resurrected, resilient community

   a pastor’s vision for transforming a dying church into a resurrected, resilient community When I first came to Old West Church from Georgia, I was told it was a Continue Reading