Jan Todd

Vital Ideas: Generous Geneva – What’s in store for shoppers this year?

January 26, 2015

The Advent and Christmas season is a time of preparation and celebration of the Christ child, and to be honest, to shop! I know, I know – the secular world is stealing the meaning of Christmas – BUT – what if a community could connect people to real meaning through the traditional act of shopping? ...


Vital Ideas: Finance games

November 26, 2014

Ah, the monthly finance meeting; something you look forward to each time it comes around on your calendar, right? Wrong!   Most leaders in the church know we are in a time of financial fluctuation, both in our local economies and churches. These fluctuations can cause great anxiety, especially when ...


Vital Ideas: Creating physical and spiritual space for children

October 29, 2014

Any day of the week, if you step in the new entry of First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, Kansas, don’t be surprised if you find children – lots of children! It isn’t a rare occasion when you see one of those children staring up at a beautiful old stained glass window called "the Link" that ...


Vital ideas: Confirmation

September 26, 2014

What do you get when you mix three churches, four pastors (one retired), four youth directors, twenty-two sponsors and twenty-two youth on a Sunday afternoon? The answer - confirmation! At least one possible configuration of it, anyway. Every pastor that is charged to a local church is also ...