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I’m at the Kentucky Conference of United Methodist Church HQ for an all day meeting of Bishop’s Task Force on Campus Ministry. We’re talking about Vision, Successes, Challenges, and Recommendations. As United Methodists we live by the Book of Discipline, the governing document of the denomination.  There is a section (about 6 pages worth) on […]


This is a follow up to my post, On Success, and it has generated some good feedback and dialog (note the comments, good stuff there).  Benson Hines posted some other links around the same topic.  Here’s an excerpt: defining success in college ministry: Quite providentially, several college ministry thinkers have turned their attention simultaneously to […]


From Asbury Church sermon series Conspiracy of Kindness. 02.22.09 Click here to listen or download.


What do you think of these 4 areas of focus?  Are they too broad?  Too specific?  Is it possible to focus on 4 things at once?  Can a large institution initiate focus for the whole machine from the top down?  If so, how would it go about doing it (i.e. saying so doesn’t make it […]


The Prayer to the Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the […]


From Wesley to Asbury: Studies in Early American Methodism by Frank Baker Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 1976 ISBN 0822303590, 978-0822303596 “Asbury’s apologia pro vita sua was contained in ‘A Valedictory Address’ to Bishop William McKendree, dated August 5, 1813.  In this he used two important adjectives to describe Methodism as he envisioned it:  ‘apostolical’ […]


The Bish

02Oct08

I met the new Bishop of The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church today at a clergy pow-wow. Lindsey Davis is his name.  Here are some notes from the gathering: Pastoral Effectiveness evaluated by: – number of professions of faith (making disciples) – worship attendance increase Expectations – Godly character – To be […]