A 21st century take on Christian Discipleship John Wesley once famously said, “There is no holiness apart from social holiness.” Over the years, many have mistakenly asserted that he was talking about social justice. In reality, he was talking about doing Continue reading NEW ROOM BANDS
In addition to the class meeting, early Methodism had another vital practice called “bands,” which were smaller in size than the class meeting and also more intense in accountability. Today, they would be considered something like an accountability or covenant Continue reading A Model for Wesleyan Contemplative Order
by Parker Haynes, Associate Minister at Myers Park UMC, Charlotte It’s nothing new to say that God created us for community. In baptism, we are incorporated into the body of Christ and become the laos. We want others to be present Continue reading WHY GO SMALL?
by Rev. Jacqueline Elliott Tookey, Pastor of Mt. Zion UMC, Piney Creek and Executive Director of Big Sigh Ministries Prior to my 2014 three-month renewal leave from a wonderful local church appointment, my ministry was affected by the tremendous physical, emotional, Continue reading Seeing Beyond the Power Lines: The Importance of Renewal Leaves
by Dr. Guy Brewer, Director, Sabbath Living Initiative July 3, 2017 Victor Frankl commented about the compelling why of life: “The one who has a compelling why can endure any how.” But what happens if you have lost your why? Continue reading Invitation to Sabbath Living
Leadership Development for Your Church: Pastoral Study Project Grant “As realtors always emphasize location, church leaders need to always develop their leadership.” One of my ministry mentors has often reminded me of the importance of leadership development. Church leadership is Continue reading Leadership Development for Your Church: Pastoral Study Project Grant
by Rev. Veranita Alvord, pastor of Morehead UMC No kidding. The obscure paragraph regarding “Spiritual Growth Program” in the Book of Discipline I learned about in Tom Frank’s UM Polity Class at Candler School of Theology saved my life. In Continue reading Obscure Discipline Paragraph Saves Life!
Reflections on my one-month Renewal Leave by Noel Sweezy I set the anchor, turned off the engine, and gasped. The Silence was palpable, alien, but welcoming. And it would be my solitary sanctuary for a month! The journey began at Continue reading The Sound of Sheer Silence
by Sam Wells Sam Wells discusses three challenges leaders face during a transition and three ways to address them. Transitions are tricky. You leave a church or an organization or a school where (of course) everyone loved you and you Continue reading How to Transition as a Leader, in Three Acts
The Lewis Center draws upon years of research and training in offering resources for pastors preparing to move from one congregation to another and for denominational leaders who wish to do regional training to prepare those leaving ministry in one Continue reading Pastoral Transition Resources offered from Lewis Center For Church Leadership