Marquette District Superintendent, Elbert Dulworth, asks the question: "What if instead of talking about how many times our local churches ask us for money, we spoke around the brunch table of how the United Methodist Church has helped to cut in half the number of malaria related deaths in only four years as a result of a campaign known as Imagine No Malaria?" A challenge worth thinking about.
Grand Traverse DS Anita Hahn recounts her recent experience at Lake Louise with Detroit and West Michigan Youth.
"This conference year try to set some goals that will enable you as an individual, a family and a church to become more healthy, holy and whole for the body of Christ."
"To many people of all ages, the message the church offers is little more than “babble,” a problem that is exponentially compounded by the general perception that the church is – or rather “we are” - judgmental, hypocritical, homophobic, and a perhaps just a wee bit hung up on itself, as if we live for our own sake rather than the sake of Christ."
"We need to ask for help, to phone a friend, to appeal to God, to work with each other to find a different solution to help us to move forward."
It is not hard to think of reasons for drawing lines and taking sides, for declaring who’s right and who’s wrong on any particular issue be it political, social, cultural, economic or religious.
What if visitors to our churches on a Sunday morning didn’t end up sitting alone?
Conflict is not ‘the enemy’ in the church. Conflict is as much a part of living as breathing in and breathing out. How we deal with conflict becomes one of the most important dynamics within any healthy and growing congregation
Reve. Mark Spaw, Ann Arbor DS shares expeirences gained through 29 years of ministry.
Grand Rapids District Superintendent reflects on a day in the life of a DA.
Change. For most people in a local church, change is a dirty word. However, changes are occurring all of the time for congregations and pastors, especially during the time of year the cabinet refers to as “the appointment season.”
DS Laurie Haller: " Effective spiritual leadership demands the ability to see out of different sets of eyes, eyes that engage our heart, soul, mind, and strength by loving God and neighbor. "
Marquette District Superintendent, Grant Lobb reflects on his seven years as DS.
Kalamazoo DS discusses the values of connectional giving.