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 →

90 Days of Cold Hard Facts

Since the Ides of March, our congregation has uploaded all worship material to YouTube, about 220 videos in all. For 18 Sundays now, we have not worshipped together in person. We are no longer complete newbies to YouTube, yet we are still far away from the sophistication of having thousands of subscribers. I thought that... Continue Reading →

Your Personal Peak

The most prevalent conceptual tool employed to keep us well has been that of "flattening the curve." I've been thinking about that in terms of our national life together. It now occurs to me that we all have our own individual curves of coping with coronavirus. The upside of the curve is when our plans... Continue Reading →

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