The promise, practice and power of prayer

“Rise Up and Pray!” Do you remember that imperative call of our recent Annual Conference, to lift our heads, hands and hearts in prayer to our almighty, all-loving God? What about Draw the Circle: The 40-Day Prayer Challenge, the Rev. Mark Batterson’s…  Read more

Four Stations of the Holy Spirit begin with prayer

There is little if anything new under the sun, a saying that’s true about the church and discipleship.  We constantly go back to the Church of Acts…  Read more

Bishop’s Blog: ‘All I need to know about life’

A number of years ago there was a book titled All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. It highlighted some of the basic life lessons many of us learned as children, such as: share everything; play fair…  Read more

Why I Dance

Every year I’ve attended Annual Conference, there have been a small but faithful group of people who hold vigil right before the ordination service.  Those passing are sometimes confused about why… Read more

Re-envisioning Congregational Development

What is happening in growing new churches and redeveloping existing churches? A lot! I remember when I went to Annual Conference…  Read more

How to grow vital, disciple-making churches

Primary Focus The mission of The United Methodist Church is to “make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  This is based on the Great Commission of… Read more

Network! Network! Network!

Remember the old axiom about the three most important considerations for buying real estate? It’s “Location! Location! Location!” As Coordinator of Congregational Development…  Read more

From near-death to life through ‘Vital Merger’

(Jesus) cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth…. Read more

Disharmony felt in key resolutions, relations at NEJ Conference

Reflection by The Rev. Jeffrey Raffauf: The NE Jurisdictional Conference was a unique experience for me. I understood going in the importance of this body…  Read more

Rev. Tracy Bass

Call to action against racism: Are we really going to do this?

“We will all have to repent, not merely for the hateful words and actions of bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”  Read more