Archive for July, 2007

Fantasy Football Anyone?

I’m looking for about 5 more folks to round out my ESPN Fantasy Football league. Specifically I’m looking for people who have experience with online live drafting and sticking a season out even if it goes south. So, if there are any of you out there in the Methoblogosphere who would like to play fantasy football, shoot me an email through the contact button above or list your email in the comment area. I’ll send you an invitation to the league. Thanks!

July 26, 2007 at 11:19 am 2 comments

Lest You Think You’re Unimportant…

Just in case you think you are unimportant as a pastor to the growth and attitude of a congregation, read this excerpt from Bishop Willimon’s weekly message,

In visits to countless congregations, and in my own pastoral experience, I have come to the rather frightening conclusion that pastors are a decisive element in the vitality and mission of the church. To be sure, as we have said repeatedly, the pastor is not to assume all ministry in the church. The baptized are the chief ministers in the name of Christ. Pastors are to lead through service rather than dominance. The Holy Spirit is the source of all ministry. But having said all that, we still must say that the pastor is decisive. The pastor’s mood and attitude sets the tone for the congregation, conveys hope and energy to the people, hurts and heals, binds and releases. Sometimes, as a pastor, I wish it were not so, but it is. What Jesus wants for the church must become incarnate in a pastor or, in my experience, it does not happen.


I recall a distinguished church growth consultant who, in a workshop on congregational development, spent more than an hour listing all of the factors that were relevant to the vitality and growth of a congregation. There must have been more than two score of such factors listed. Then he led us in discussion. The first person to speak was a layperson who asked, “But don’t you think the pastor is a key factor in all of this?”


The consultant replied, “Oh, certainly. If the pastor’s leadership is lacking, you can discount everything that I have listed on the board. All of these factors contribute to growth. But if the pastor is inadequate, none of the factors that I have listed make any difference.”

July 23, 2007 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Running the Gauntlet

Running the GauntletIt has been a crazy month, and I feel like I’ve made it through the gauntlet. Over the last month I’ve done two weddings, been on a week-long mission to Mexico, prepared a talk for the Walk to Emmaus, and led worship for our District Youth Camp.

No big deal for some of you old veterans out there, but I’m exhausted! Luckily, I have good friends and an amazing family to help me get through. I also have an understanding PPRC who has made sure I’m taking some “comp time” this week.

I need some books to read, but won’t be by the library anytime soon, since the good library is 40 minutes from our town. I also have placed a bit of a moratorium on Amazon until I find out what I’m going to have to purchase for my D.Min. program in the fall. In the meantime, I guess I’ll be reading Christian Century and Scientific American, two of the magazines I subscribe to. Someday, I’m going to subscribe to Zygon & Pro Ecclesia, but not yet. They just don’t fit in the budget right now!

July 23, 2007 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

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July 2007

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