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Creating Generous Givers

Foundations of Faith

4/16/2019

By: Rev. Melvin Amerson In our culture and in many of our congregations the topic of money is avoided because it is viewed in our culture as too personal and not spiritual, even though money is referred to in over 2,300 verses in the Bible.  In fact, many of Jesus’ parables were on money and possessions.   Financially supporting our church is an integral part of discipleship and one of our vows for membership.  God calls us to be generous.  Development of generous people and congregations is an...


How to Engage & Recruit Volunteers

Foundations of Faith

4/16/2019

By Rev. Stacy Auld   One of the most rewarding parts of my job as director of Spiritual Care at Houston Methodist Hospital is equipping and empowering volunteers in ministry alongside our professional chaplains.  For almost ten years I have had the privilege of overseeing our lay ministry program at the hospital, and upon reflection, here are some key components to the success of our program.  Engage: Recruit through story-telling and remembering a person’s baptism. When chaplains or current ...


Stressed Out

Foundations of Faith

4/16/2019

By: Rev. Dr. Gerald DeSobe How do we deal with level of stress in our lives? In addition to well-known ways to deal with stress, such as exercising, meditation, prayer, etc., I believe there are certain ways of thinking that clergy particularly fall victim to, and changing that thinking could reduce the stress we experience.   The first way we unwittingly add to our stress is by having “catastrophic expectations.” We assume the worst possible outcome will happen and then we live as though it ...


Top 10 Ideas: Staying Organized from a Pro

Foundations of Faith

4/16/2019

By: Darlene Lyle   We have all heard it before and really, the saying is true, in ministry, there should be a “place for everything, and everything should be in its place!” Organization is really not that hard, you just have to be methodical and always think ahead. It is much, much easier to set up a work space in the beginning rather than try to find items, sort and place them later!   Whether you are a pastor in the #UMC, administrator or a CEO, here is my top 10 list for staying organized in ...


Media Relations 101

Foundations of Faith

4/15/2019

By: Shannon W. Martin When a crisis occurs, and the news media begins asking you questions, pastors are often pushed past their comfort zone. After all, Media Relations 101 is not a class offered in seminary! So here are five tips to get you started in dealing with the media, especially when your church reputation is on the line! 1. Be prepared The number one rule when talking to the media is, “be prepared.” When a journalist calls your church for an interview, ask for the journalist’s ...


Preaching Tips

Foundations of Faith

4/15/2019

By: Rev. Dr. Brad Morgan I was preaching.  But, Mr. Don Corley was shaking his head no!     What?  This was an essential point.  How could Mr. Corley disagree?  Don was one of the many saints I have been blessed to serve who educated me in faith.  But on this Sunday, in my student pastorate, Don was shaking his head during my sermon in the universal sign for no.    Confused, I decided to pause my written sermon and make the point again.  Don shook his head.  Redoubling my efforts, I moved my ...


La Temporada de Pascua No Se Trata de Huevos y Conejitos Para Estas Iglesias de Texas: Nuevas Formas de Compartir el Evangelio

Spanish

4/11/2019

Por: Lindsay Peyton Un número de Iglesias Metodistas Unidas se aseguran de que la razón de la temporada de Pascua no se pierda en medio de la búsqueda de huevos, coloridas canastas llenas de dulces y visitas de conejitos.   En cambio, las congregaciones están hablando sobre la resurrección de nuevas maneras e incluso en diferentes lugares, imprimiendo la historia en números más grandes e incluso en los discípulos más jóvenes. En la Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida de Longview, la pastora ...


Motoristas y Tatuajes: Compartir el Amor de Jesús con Millones de un Lado a Otro de Estados Unidos

4/11/2019

Por: Lindsay Peyton Una jornada única comenzó cuando un chaleco de motociclista con un parche inusual llamó la atención del Reverendo Jamie Lea y su esposa Kandace. En el parche se podia leer: “Ovejas negras: Harley-Davidsons para Cristo”.   En poco tiempo, el pastor de Crosby UMC aprendió todo sobre el Black Sheep Ministry (Ministerio La Oveja Negra), un evangelio para aquellos que prefieren dos ruedas y Harleys.   "Esto une nuestro amor por Cristo y nuestro amor por las motocicletas", dijo ...


El Autor Bob Goff Trae un Mensaje de Amor al Servicio del Viernes Santo

Spanish

3/28/2019

El exitoso autor Bob Goff traerá un mensaje de compasión, conexión y amor al Pabellón Cynthia Woods Mitchell en Woodlands para un servicio único y edificante de Viernes Santo.   La Iglesia Metodista Unida de Woodlands ha reservado el Pabellón, el segundo anfiteatro más ocupado y con mejor asistencia del mundo, detrás del famoso Wolf Trap de Washington D.C., para un servicio especial este año. Las puertas se abrirán a las 5 p.m., y el servicio de adoración comenzará a las 6 p.m. El Pabellón ...


Noticia Importante: No Temas: “Refugio en el Lugar” en Deer Park

Spanish

3/28/2019

Mientras el resto de la nación observaba en la televisión el incendio de una planta, toda la ciudad de Deer Park, Texas, se refugió en su lugar debido a los niveles significativos de benceno en el aire. Mientras tanto, la pastora y los miembros de Deer Park UMC, que estaban protegidos juntos en un lugar, tuvieron un servicio de adoración muy especial.    El preludio de piano, “Todas las cosas brillantes y hermosas”, acababa de concluir. La Reverenda Kate Walker de la Iglesia Metodista Unida de...


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