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365: Finances

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In this post I’ll be describing what our Finances looks like for the current year, 2014, as Sunrise moves towards its eventual end and beginning as a new church.

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The Evangelism of Phil Robertson

In a recent interview (click the picture to watch the full interview) on Fox News ‘Hannity,’ Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made some interesting comments when asked about the terrible acts of violence recently committed by ISIS. I found them most interesting because he spoke using scripture and theology, which is something I do as well, every so often.

The soundbite that everyone is grabbing onto is, “In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible. I’m not giving up on them. I’m just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other.” This comment comes after he makes a number of scripture references and to be fair, deserves to be heard in the entirety of the interview. With that being said, I’ve got a couple issues I want to address.

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Labor

It’s Labor Day in the United States, where some individuals get the day off from work and others don’t. It was intended to be a day of celebration for the positive social and economic impacts workers have achieved but the increasing gap between the rich and everyone else as well as wages that are not actually liveable, have really made it a day to earn some extra pay or take a rare break from working 2, 3, or 4 jobs. This, however, is not what I’m intending to write about here (I’ve already written some about these justice issues here.)

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1 Take

Posted on August 21, 2014

I am in my 13th year on staff at Castleton United Methodist Church. For the past 5 years I have been one of the pastors of this church. I have attended Church Council meetings from the beginning. It was not uncommon for us to have over 40 members as a part of our Church Council. It was also not uncommon to have only about 1/3 of the members show up to meetings. It became apparent this model of church leadership was not effective or engaging. On January 1st of 2014, we began to operate our church under a single board model, which had been vetted by the Cabinet and Bishop of our Annual Conference. What follows is the function, structure, selection, and scope of our single board, known as the Leadership Team.

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365: Programming

Posted on August 4, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In this post I’ll be describing what our Programming looks like for the Fall as Sunrise moves towards its eventual end and beginning as a new church.

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“Take Me to Church”

Posted on July 23, 2014

I’ve heard Irish musician Hozier a number of times on the radio in recent weeks. You may have heard his current single, “Take Me to Church,” as its been getting a decent amount of airtime. While the song is about human sexuality, equality, and the Church, as he describes it in an interview a few months back, the following lyrics had me thinking about something much broader…

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

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365: Worship

Posted on July 21, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year. Less than a year from now Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. In this post I’ll be describing what our Sunday morning Worship looks like as Sunrise moves towards its eventual end and beginning as a new church.

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Throw in a Root Beer Float

Posted on July 16, 2014

I have written a couple pieces on The UMC, issues of human sexuality, branding, unity, schism, and how we might move forward as a denomination (You can read them here, here, here, and here). There have been plenty of different suggestions, ideas, and opinions on how to best move forward. Another one was published this morning from David Watson (@utsdoc) and Bill Arnold (@BillTArnold). You can read their suggestions here. In their proposal, they offer 7 different suggestions of how The United Methodist Church might move forward while also staying “united.” I thought I’d share my initial thoughts…

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