by Rev. Kerry Greenhill In a building that once housed the oldest Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Colorado, a new, dynamic, and diverse congregation with many younger adults is led by a young African-American pastor. The fully inclusive urban ministry of Belong Church emphasizes hearing the stories of members and community partners, engaging in acts … Continue reading When New Life Is Born from Struggle
by Rev. Kerry Greenhill This post was written for RethinkChurch.org, where it was published on March 26, 2019. Where do you go to find community? Your school or workplace? A yoga class or happy hour gathering? The local diner or recovery meeting? For much of the 20th century, churches were a center of community life … Continue reading A Church Space Brings New Life
by Rev. Denise Bender The Gospels tell us that Jesus often spoke to and about people who are poor during his earthly life and ministry. Yet for churches in middle-class or higher settings, youth may have little interaction with people living in poverty, and may not realize the many challenges that come with low or … Continue reading A Unique Lesson on Poverty for Youth
by Rev. Kerry Greenhill © 2012 Let us give thanks for the ministry of small details: For greetings offered and doors unlocked for attendance entered and reminders sent for expenses processed and checks prepared we give thanks for your service in Christ’s name. For floors mopped and polished and carpets vacuumed for lilies ordered and mail … Continue reading Litany of Gratitude for Staff with a Servant’s Heart
Sacred Stones Ministries invites clergy and laypeople from Colorado’s eastern plains and surrounding areas to join us for Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Burlington United Methodist Church will host a day of worship, workshops, and conversation, starting at 9:30 a.m. and finishing by 3:00 p.m. Four ordained … Continue reading Tending the Soil: Practices to Enrich Your Ministry
Do you ever wonder if your church is stuck in a rut? Or maybe overlooking some crucial details in how you carry out your mission in the community? Schedule a 10-Hour Tune-Up consultation with Rev. Doug McKinney to start re-energizing mission and ministry in 2017!
Perhaps you read about Rev. Kerry's training and coaching opportunity, Worship for the Whole Community (and if you haven't yet, please check it out!), and you thought, "Well, it sounds great, but this is a difficult time to take on something new. Too much pressure, too much going on with Advent and Christmas (on a … Continue reading Worship for the Whole Community (Pt 2): Why It Matters, How It Will Help You
Why do people come to worship? What spiritual and human needs do your church’s worship experiences currently meet? What groups of people in your community are under-represented (or not represented at all) in your congregation? How can you more effectively reach out to include and bless people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles? If your church … Continue reading Worship for the Whole Community: Training & Coaching Opportunity
Summer is often a season of transition in United Methodist circles, as the clergy appointment year begins July 1. For those serving churches, especially itinerant elders, this often means farewells in June and new beginnings in July. For other clergy, including elders in extension ministry or deacons serving beyond the local church, summer is the … Continue reading Season of Transition: Welcome, Doug!
Is "Follow your passion" the best advice for those seeking meaningful work? To what extent does developing specific skills or expertise help you find work you love? Rev. Kerry reviews Cal Newport’s 2012 book with an eye to ministry applications.