Message from the Pastor

From the Pastor
Each year the gospel reading for the first Sunday of Advent treats “the little apocalypse.” Mark is our earliest gospel, written during the Roman siege of Jerusalem (66-70 ce). As [...]
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From the Pastor
I once visited a church just to see if it was really true. I had been told by some members of my church that a church not too far from [...]
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From the Pastor
The United Methodist Church doesn't have 100 years. A seminay professor once remarked that “Change happens very slowly and in the church about a hundred years later.” Change is often [...]
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From the Pastor
Policy Governance for churches comes from a model developed by John Carver. His model was developed for non-profit organizations. Policy Governance is not a product of the Vital Church Initiative. [...]
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Then Peter began to speak to them: I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable [...]
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The Vital Church Initiative is not a magic bullet. But it (and things like it) are being undertaken in churches all over the country. There was a post WW II [...]
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From the Pastor
Bishop Robert Schnase notes that “The inner world is a source of power and strength but it needs to be cultivated.” (The Five Practices of Fruitful Living, p. 84) Caring [...]
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From the Pastor
Our congregation read Bob Farr’s book, Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church, prior to the most recent pastoral change. I am not sure if Rev. Jennie Browne covered the chapter [...]
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From the Pastor
The church conference is the highest governing authority in a United Methodist congregation. It is normally convened every year in the fall. The district superintendent calls and convenes the church [...]
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VCI
Prescription one in our Vital Church Initiative report addresses the alignment of vision, mission and values. Ministry alignment is important. All of our resources should be directed to carry out [...]
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