Leadership

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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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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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365: Transition Team

Posted on July 10, 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 the Transition Team that has been formed to lead and guide Sunrise toward its eventual end and beginning as a new church. 

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365: Recap

Posted on July 3, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year from today when 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 giving a recap of where Sunrise has been leading up to its eventual end and beginning as a new church. 

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365

Posted on July 1, 2014

365 days. 8,760 hours. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these equal 1 year from today when Sunrise, a campus of Castleton United Methodist Church, launches as a new, stand-alone United Methodist church. July 1 of 2015. I will be writing a number of posts in the coming weeks talking about where we’ve been, the planning we’ve done, and the work we still have to do.

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A Journey to Vision

A number of months ago I wrote a post talking about the new direction we were taking as a church and specifically as a campus. As we prepare to relaunch as a new, separate church, one of the major things we are spending time with as a Transition Team is developing a vision for this new church. I thought I would share some of our progress and process along the way, if you’re interested.

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Synergize 4

Last week I was in Orlando for the Synergize 4 conference. It covered a range of topics ranging from church leadership, connecting with your community, caring for your family, working together within the Church, inviting people to the table, etc. Here are a few of the thoughts that resonated with me.

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The Choice to Inspire

In a recent interview on NPR (which was pretty interesting by the way), pop-singer Katy Perry mentioned how she would rather be seen as an inspiration than a role model. She says, “A lot of people see me as a role model but I like to kind of turn that around and say, “I appreciate that but I’d like to be seen as an inspiration because a role model I think will fail ya.” I couldn’t tell kids when it’s time to try things or do things, that’s not my role.” This makes me wonder about the difference between being an inspiration or being a role model and if the choice is really as easy as Katy Perry suggests.

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