The Young in Mission

How do we get younger people involved in missions?  This is a question I have heard many people in the church ask.  I thought a great way to gain some insight would be to hear from a young person who is currently serving as a missionary.  Thank you Hayley for sharing with us on this topic!   I was recently asked if I would be able to write a guest post on the topic of young people in...
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Mission Weekend: Old Model or Making a Comeback?

One weekend a year dedicated to missions. Missionaries are invited to speak, food is served, the church is decorated, money is raised, events are planned in homes, and maybe even a question is asked of who feels called to serve. Some churches have been doing this for years (maybe even since the 1950’s).  For some it has lost it’s excitement and meaning.  It used to be the highlight of the...
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Learning doesn’t have to be hard (Coffee Responses Part 1)

This fall I had the chance to meet in small gatherings with over a hundred leaders from our churches who are passionate about reaching out to their community and world.  We discussed many ideas and challenges that we face in navigating mission, advocacy, finances, volunteers…the list goes on…  This series of blog posts will focus on some of these topics, and hopefully you will share...
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Babies, Blessings, and Brotherly Love

As some of you may know, I have recently had the joy of becoming a mother.  The last few weeks have been the roller-coaster of emotions that come with caring for a newborn baby…the joy of seeing the first smile, the misery of being awakened at all hours of the night, the cuteness of a little face gazing up at you from your arms, and the inability to leave the house without three hours of...
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World Communion Sunday: Why It’s Worth Celebrating

The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday, a day when Christians all over the world celebrate communion together.  In the United Methodist Church we also use it as a time to raise funds to provide scholarships.  Don’t see the connection? Keep reading… Here are three reasons why you or your church should consider participating. 1. Jesus told us to.  In Luke 22:17-19,...
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