Posts Tagged "ministry"


I am not a big fan of formulas normally. They are too prescriptive and too … formulaic ?  I found a formula recently that I really liked. It connected with me so I decided to share it with Sunday School, Church Council, a pastor’s group and a seminary class. Is this a formula for success? Not everyone thinks so! Focused Intensity – over Time – multiplied by the ‘God’ factor I always pay...

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This past weekend was a great conversation about the future of children and youth ministry at Vermont Hills UMC. Part of the transition to a full-fledged children’s program is providing a place for our kids in the worship service. Last week we created an area for the little ones that are with us during worship. We are so excited to have a place for the kids to be able to play, learn, engage, snack, color, and hang out. We have...

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This church is a spiritual oasis. Part of that is to be a safe place for weary travelers. We live in time when people are exhausted, worn out, and fatigued. Our church wants to be a place of rest and restoration. We also are trying something experimental which is to become a conversational community. It is an innovative approach to church – but it is a little risky. What happens when we don’t all agree?   I have been...

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