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January 2018

January 2018

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Pastoring in Partisan Times

Pastoring in Partisan Times

By Fred Koenig There has been much discussion about how people seemed to have become more entrenched in polarized viewpoints regarding politics issues. When the people on opposite ends of the spectrum come together on Sunday morning, it can be challenging waters for the preacher to ...

Star in the East

Star in the East

By Fred Koenig When Morning Star United Methodist Church in Dardenne Prairie (near O’Fallon) launched a new site last fall, the launch team was prepared like no other. First, they all committed to being a permanent part of the new site. They weren’t just there to get things going the ...

Helping the Church Seek Justice

Helping the Church Seek Justice

The General Board of Church and Society carries a mandate from General Conference. Its job is to educate, advocate and connect around social justice issues as guided by the Social Principles and the Book of Resolutions. It works to provide resources to the 35,000 United Methodist Churches ...

News and Updates

Communicate Boldly

Communicate Boldly

Rev. Stephen Handy has a criticism of the church: It has stopped telling stories well. Sometimes that may come from a lack of courage.       “God, I’m reporting for duty today. Where would you have me go?” Handy said in offering advice of how to start your day. “You have to be a risk taker...

Laity Voices

The Lay Leader

By Mitch Ross What does a Lay Leader really do? The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline outlines responsibilities for lay leaders, but that is the easy answer.       To answer candidly, we need to recognize the role of laity in the church. “The witness of the laity, their ...

From Bishop Farr

Seizing the Moments

Bishop Farr

Seizing the Moments

Mark 1:14-15 (The Message) After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”      How long has it been since you had a kairos moment in a chronos world? I always need to remind myself ...