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In Layman's Terms: Discussion with a moderator for the Commission on a Way Forward

Todd Seifert

10/27/2017

I used to think there was no more thankless job in all of The United Methodist Church than that of district superintendent. Now, I think it must be serving as a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. God bless those 32 people, especially the three bishops serving as moderators, who agreed to take on such a heavy load. That thought really hit home for me Oct. 26 when I took part in a conference call with approximately 40 communications professionals from annual conferences and other United ...


Called to do more?

Lay Servant Ministries

10/24/2017

Feeling a bit underutilized?  Looking for something to do?  Want new ideas for service?   We have this cat (well, actually, my stepdaughter has) that is in the habit of coming in wherever I am several times a day and either jumping up in my lap or laying down beside me within easy reach. When I rub him, he sounds as if he'd swallowed a chainsaw and looks up at me with such gratitude in his eyes that I can't help but keep rubbing him – usually longer than I really want to. Every Tuesday morning I...


Be a whisperer

Lay Servant Ministries

9/26/2017

You have heard of horse whisperers, cat/dog whisperers, all sorts of wild animal whisperers, but how about a Holy Spirit whisperer? You can probably identify individuals in your own church or district who you believe would make great lay servants. As a whisperer, you could mention (whisper) that sentiment to the prospective lay servant. I have done this several times, and the most usual response is “I’ve been thinking about it!” Another way of thinking about this is “allowing the Holy Spirit ...


Pastoral leadership interns share experiences -- Hannah Wittenberg

8/8/2017

The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22.  This ten-week program will provide young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most "hands-on" way possible while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation.  Hannah Wittenberg served at Wyandotte UMC (Kansas City District) for the summer of 2017. The Pastor, secretary, and I were the only three who worked at the church during the day. In this picture we were out on a lunch ...


What previous pastoral interns have to say about the experience

Great Plains Interns

8/2/2017

Select a previous intern's name to read about their experience.   Hannah Sipes Briana Hutton Greg Reffner Jesse Gichuru Lily Jones Ty Schissel Spenser Johnson


Are you a sheep? Respond to a need

Lay Servant Ministries

8/1/2017

I recently was asked, “In what type of ministries do Lay Servants participate?” Wow! What a loaded question! The possibilities are endless. As I pondered a response the following came to mind. First, what does the Book of Discipline say about Lay Servant Ministries? Paragraph 266 is the source for information about Lay Servants. After listing the training requirements, it comments that Lay Servants  “should prepare to undertake … Provide leadership, assistance, support to program emphases of ...


Pastoral leadership interns share experiences -- Spenser Johnson

Great Plains Interns

8/1/2017

Spencer Johnson spent his summer serving at Springfield: First UMC in Springfield, NE.  The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22.  This ten-week program will provide young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most "hands-on" way possible while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation.


Ask questions as we explore “Wonder, Love and Praise”

Todd Seifert

7/31/2017

IN LAYMAN'S TERMS I present to you today a series of questions. Let’s start off with this: What does it mean to “be the church”? Some people have what they think is an easy answer. Others find an answer to be elusive. We likely agree that we want the church to be relevant in the 21st century. But we may disagree on how to achieve that goal. Download the videos, student and teacher guides. Some faithful Christians see the church in the actions of believers to eradicate social injustice from ...


Pastoral Leadership interns share experiences -- Ty Schissel

Great Plains Interns

7/20/2017

The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22.  This ten-week program will provide young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most "hands-on" way possible while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation.  Ty Schissel served at Basehor UMC (Kansas City District) for the summer of 2017.   Got to help out with Children's Sunday School, found some very creative students during our lesson about Jonah. ...


Emergency Spiritual Technician

Lay Servant Ministries

7/19/2017

Most of this blog is copied from a Facebook post that I know is true because one of the individuals is related to me. A quick background: Visiting missionaries to Kansas fell through a pond ice skating this winter. The mother and son died that day. This is what has transpired in the 6 months since that tragedy. The Surviving Father writes July 4: Part of me wanted to hold this and share it with just a few people. But there may be things in it for many of us. Who am I to hold it back? I had the...


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