Service Project Team left to right: Pastor Doug, Wade, Grace, Maddie and Susan. This year’s International Youth Convention in Orlando was canceled due to COVID-19. However, I didn’t want to cancel our service project in Tampa. We had planned for the students to help retired pastor and Army/Airforce veteran (and my Grandpa), John William, age … Continue reading Student Ministry Service Project July 2020
I write this post to get some quick thoughts out. Remember, they are quick and lack nuance but I think they are helpful for my church, and I believe after speaking with many other pastors they reflect many of their thoughts as well.
Pastor Bryndon Glass from SPAN Ministries and I during our first racial-reconciliation event together called the Crossover years ago. Dear Church, It goes without saying that we are living in a troubling and polarized moment in history. We have been locked down because of Covid-19, some have lost people they love and many are now without … Continue reading Try Not to Ignore this Moment
Pastor Josh checks in with everyone to let you know what's going on in our church and to remind you that in the midst of the pandemic, we are still the CHURCH. View his video message below, or scroll down to read an edited transcription. https://youtu.be/JoH3r6LyJGE Pastor Josh checking in with you. Edited transcription of … Continue reading Our Mission is Still the Same, Coronavirus or Not
"This is and will always be a highlight in my ministry career.”Rev. Pastor Scott M. Low, Tallmadge United Methodist Church Those are the words of Rev. Scott M. Low who has been in the ministry for more than 29 years and has been the pastor of Tallmadge United Methodist Church since 2016. Other pastors have … Continue reading Easter 2020—A Glimpse of Heaven
Jesus, who was a real person, typically takes a backseat to a make-believe Easter Bunny. And we celebrate that same make-believe Rabbit handing out eggs from Chickens that we colored ourselves. Traditions I grew up loving and will probably do with my own son. A tradition birthed by retail stores, not the Church.
Everyone has now found themselves in completely uncharted waters, working from home while trying to manage a household, or still going to work while kids are at home on their own.
Many resources are available to you in 2020 as you seek to be closer to the Lord and to know Him in the new year.
As I was on my way to the gym, I pressed #4 on the dash of my car, which tunes me into a local Christian worship station. This time of year, it plays mostly Christmas music. Between songs there was a segment where listeners were asked, “What is Christmas about?” Voices responded over and over with, “family.” Oh, a few said “gifts,” lights,” “friends.” One or two even said “Jesus,” but the vast majority answered with “family.” Hearing this didn’t surprise me at all. What came next did.
In the past, a Sunday school teacher often reminded you of a school teacher. They had to be skilled and creative at bringing the Bible stories alive as well as crafty and able to lead music. Now, we look for those who are willing to listen more than speak. We want small group leaders who explore the Bible for answers with the kids rather than have prepared answers.