Evelyn Fisher

Why I wear a safety pin

November 11, 2016

I pinned a safety pin on my collar this morning and thought immediately of Mrs. Cain. Mrs. Cain was a resident of the nursing home where my mother served as director of nursing during my junior and senior years of high school. In those days, in my home state, certification was not required to be a ...


Addressing conflict biblically

November 26, 2014

I’ve often said that much of the New Testament might never have been written if there had not been conflict in the early church. When Christians turn to Scripture to address the subject of conflict, the first passage they often quote is Matthew 18. The focus is usually on verses 15-20: 15 “If ...


Help for engaging conflict well

November 26, 2014

Conflict is a normal part of life, but many of us have difficulty engaging it in productive ways. Here are some time-tested resources that give guidance, not only for church conflicts, but also for working through conflict in a variety of settings.   The Arbinger Institute. (2008). The Anatomy of ...


Ten good things about conflict

November 26, 2014

Conflict is not all bad. Despite our tendency to run the other direction whenever conflict is in the air, there are benefits to be realized from engaging it well. (Of course, much of many persons’ experience with conflict is painful and frightening. When it is not engaged well, conflict can be very ...


Helpful hints for building a school partnership

September 26, 2014

Churches across the Great Plains Conference are exploring new dimensions of partnerships as a result of the Public Education Partnership resolution adopted at Annual Conference in June. A late spring survey indicated that more than 10 percent of churches were already engaged in work with a nearby ...


Change is coming

June 30, 2014

No matter what, congregations change. The only question is how. All organizations, including churches, have a natural lifecycle. Just as a human being is born, develops, grows, declines and dies, so goes the life cycle of a congregation. Our faith, however, teaches us that, in Christ, death has been...


After the moving truck leaves

June 27, 2014

After the moving truck leaves, the real work of building relationships between a new pastor and the congregation begins. The first three months of a new appointment are crucial to the future of the ministry of the congregation. Church consultant, Alice Mann, has said that the most important work of ...


Resources for shaping discipleship

May 29, 2014

Recent works suitable for small group study Turning attenders into disciples is a process, which most often involves conversation in a small group setting. If you’re looking for resources to facilitate those conversations, here are a couple of recent releases by Great Plains authors that are worth ...


Always prepared ...

April 29, 2014

Mindy Corporon gives faith statement “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect … . ”   I Peter 3:15 (NIV) In the midst of unimaginable shock and ...


Finding an intentional path to spiritual leadership

March 31, 2014

Church members don’t turn into spiritual leaders by accident. That transformation takes an intentional effort, which might well begin with helping those in your congregation identify their spiritual gifts and passion for service.There are a number of tools available for this purpose, and one of the...


High school lunch goes ecumenical

February 28, 2014

Cimarron, Kan., UMC joins with the community to reach out to high school youth Wednesday lunch for high school students in Cimarron, Kan., has a special flavor, thanks to a community ministry begun in the 1990s. Through a cooperative arrangement with the school district, students may walk the five ...


Want to read more on connecting with your community?

February 28, 2014

If you or a group in your church would like to read more about connecting with your community, here’s a bibliography of books our staff has found helpful. Perhaps one would be a good study for your church council or mission team. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John C. Maxwell, Thomas Nelson ...