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I wonder… Stats and Thoughts on Poverty, Homelessness & Family Ministry

I just finished reading the Report Card on Child Homelessness provided by the National Center on Family Homelessness. While my thoughts are still fresh, I invite you to struggle through some data and … [Read more...]

Great is your Faith: A Sermon for August 17, 2014

Matthew 15:10-28The Message (MSG) 10-11 He then called the crowd together and said, “Listen, and take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up.”12 Later … [Read more...]

Mission Week 2014!

The second week in July has become a tradition at Saint Luke for the youth to serve in mission.  This is the second year that we have done a local mission week to serve Sanford and our surrounding … [Read more...]

My friend, Terry.

Ever had one of those days where all you wanted to do was go home and post some lame remark about the terribleness of your day on your favorite social media outlet?  That was my today.  I sat down at … [Read more...]

Two Incredible Academies for Youth Spiritual Formation – Application Deadlines Soon #UMC #youthmin

Do you have high school sophomores or juniors in your ministry that are ready to grow deeper in their spiritual formation?  Make sure they know about Duke Youth Academy (DYA) or Texas Youth Academy … [Read more...]

Standard United Methodist Youth Ministry

See what I did there? I’ve gone on a bit here and other places grousing about the lack of a standard of youth ministry, particularly within the UMC. “Particularly” because I’m … [Read more...]

Seven Things You May Not Know About Infant Baptism

Yesterday, I had the honor and privilege of baptizing my son, Justus just a few days before his first birthday. I was led in the service by our senior pastor, Rev. Carol Turner. It was truly a … [Read more...]

5 Do’s and Don’ts of Volunteer Recruiting

It seems like the topic of not having enough volunteers never goes away. Every where I go, it comes up. When I visit churches, I witness the pleas, read the announcements… It’s a huge … [Read more...]

Pardon the crass expression but it is true.

Do you feel like young people are just impossible to connect with these days? Maybe you are a parent or a teacher who just feels like teenagers wont listen to you. Maybe you are involved with young … [Read more...]

Should Youth Workers Micromanage Content for their Students?

It’s a classic scenario every youth worker who has been doing youth ministry any amount of time has experienced.  You take your youth group to some event where there are a lot of other people … [Read more...]

Project Transformation Tennessee

After our Summer Missions Trip in June the youth committed to being present at 61st Avenue UMC for Project Transformation every Monday. This is the first Monday since that commitment that there has … [Read more...]

Book-signing in Grand Rapids, MI

Just a note about my book-signing this Friday, June 8–which happens to be the same date as my husband’s ordination as an elder (pastor) in the United Methodist Church. The events are part … [Read more...]

You Don’t get the General Conference Varsity Letters Just Yet

Mark Miller stands with friends in prayer at General Conference. Photo by United Methodist News Service I don’t know if you have been watching General Conference at all. I have been watching … [Read more...]

Holy Conferencing – UMC Ministers Speaking on Holding Ourselves to a High Standard as Christians in Debate

The United Methodist Church is gathering in Tampa, Florida (which is done once every four years in different locations) to talk about the issues that challenge or encourage the church.  Below is a … [Read more...]

Methodist Vigor and Inspiration – Early Thoughts In Methodist History Class

I have been taking a Methodist History class online through Asbury Theological Seminary.  As I read about the Wesley’s, Whitfield, the Oxford Club, and the people of the movement within … [Read more...]

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