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En route to Nigeria - part 1


We are on the flight to Chicago from Omaha and feeling very surreal about being at the Orphanage sometime in the next 24 hours or so. When I walked into the airport this morning it was about 7 below zero. When we arrive in Jalingo it will be 95+. I'll admit, I'm looking forward to wearing sandals.   More importantly my traveling friends, Nigeria Partnership Chair Dottie Halvorsen and Lincoln Christ UMC Pastor Jim Miller and me are eager to see our friends and colleagues at the orphanage. We will...

Deepening Christmas


Christmas should be one of the deepest and most meaningful times of the year. It is the celebration of God’s ultimate, self-giving intervention into human history. While there are many songs that express the joy and wonder of this incredible event, my mind keeps going back to an unlikely hymn: Let all mortal flesh keep silence, And with fear and trembling stand; Ponder nothing earthly minded, For with blessing in His hand, Christ our God to earth descendeth, Our full homage to demand. King of ...

Transforming the world


Christians know that God hates sin. God has condemned murder, lying, stealing, adultery, greed, sexual immorality, blasphemy and worshipping false gods. When an individual comes to having faith in Christ, God’s grace actively seeks to help that person grow toward “the holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). At the same time, God desires more than just a group of holy individuals. God’s will is that the entire world be re-created to conform to God’s will. Christians are ...

The Wesleyan way


Most United Methodists need a spiritual revival! If that is true of you or your church, what does revival look like, and how do you prepare for it? Revival is always by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. So, prayer becomes an important practice in seeking to find that new life that we seek. Many of us have our regular prayer routines, such as grace before meals or the prayers offered in our weekly worship services. I hope each of us has a daily prayer routine as well. Have you ...

Endless Fights by Wendy Mohler-Seib

Transition into Ministry Program


Pastor Wendy Mohler-Seib served as a TIM Associate Pastor at Chapel Hill Fellowship United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas from 2012-2014. I dislike fighting.  I avoid hockey because of the bloody noses and flying fists.  In high school, I ran away and hid from fights while others gathered around to cheer.   People actually pay to watch WWF fights; that blows my mind!  On Wii Sports, I’ll happily challenge you in tennis or bowling, just please no boxing.  For a woman that hates fighting, I ...

Leading from the Launching Pad by Emily Cannon

Transition into Ministry Program


Pastor Emily Cannon served as a TIM Associate Pastor at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska from 2013-2015. Looking back, I think that I was being called to pastoral ministry long before I started consciously considering it.  There are so many examples from my early years where I demonstrated a passion for Scripture, an eagerness to serve others, and a propensity for asking challenging questions—and in retrospect, I think that these aspects of my personality were “...

Reflection Article by Andrea Beyer

Transition into Ministry Program


Pastor Andrea Beyer served as a TIM Associate Pastor at West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kansas from 2013-2015. As I embarked upon my journey into Seminary, I was somewhat conflicted about what I would do once I graduated with my master of divinity. My call to go to seminary was very clear – a direct audible message from God. Despite my years of praying about it, I was not so clear about where my seminary degree should lead me. Through many conversations with others and through ...

Deciding where to serve


One of the great blessings of Annual Conference is the opportunity to see all the many things that God is doing through The United Methodist Church in our state and around the world. We not only hear about vital congregations and how they are doing innovative ministry in various ways, but we hear about our colleges, camps, retirement homes, global missions, ministries with the poor and ministries with children in need. One of my reactions is that I am proud to be a United Methodist Christian. ...

Death Comes Knocking by Wendy Mohler-Seib

Transition into Ministry Program


Pastor Wendy Mohler-Seib served as a TIM Associate Pastor at Chapel Hill Fellowship United Methodist Church; Wichita, KS from 2012-2014.  Seminary prepared me to identify the four steps of practical theology, thoroughly exegete a passage for sermon preparation,use Lowry’s loop, ancient perspectives on theodicy, and much, much more.  It wasn’t the classroom or field education that prepared me to face 13 funerals in the first nine months of my first appointment.  Instead, my walk through the ...

Deepening spiritual disciplines through devotions


I have a deep sympathy with individuals who find it hard to practice spiritual disciplines. For many years, I could not find the right pattern for regular prayer and Bible Study. Like many pastors, I studied the scriptures for professional reasons: preparing sermons, leading Bible study and teaching classes. But what did I do to nourish my own relationship with Christ? Over the years, leading Disciple Bible Study helped me. That required weekly preparation, and I moved to, at least, doing all of...

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