Ministry in the Time of COVID-19

I was meeting with our Executive Team of church leaders when the weekly topic of coronavirus came up. The proverbial 2x4 of the obvious hit me during the discussion that Skyland UMC is operating with a set of understandings that need to be made explicit from time to time. I offer this column as a... Continue Reading →

Fall Worship Schedule

Introduction Since 1992 I can name on one hand the number of times, prior to 2020, that I changed the standing worship schedule for a congregation. At one appointment we changed only the time for a new service that we added to the existing schedule. At another appointment we merely tinkered with the existing schedule... Continue Reading →

Jan. 6

This post is an attempt to come to some preliminary thoughts about the capitol intrusion today. Writing this post is an attempt for me to get one more measure of clarity on what I think, as opposed to how I feel. I don't want to indulge what I feel right now too much. Perhaps that... Continue Reading →

Survey Results

In an attempt to break out of my pandemic-induced-information-vacuum-bubble I asked the congregation to fill out a brief 9-question survey. My goals for the survey were simple, find some rudimentary gauge for attitudes and preferences for the congregation. I think the survey succeeded in providing this data. Granted, the survey wasn't scientific and the questions... Continue Reading →

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