Dispatches From the First Year

The Power of Story: David and Nathan

By: Michael McClendon “There were two men… one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb… He raised it, and it…

Dispatches from the First Year: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Our church is experiencing a time of great change. Our Senior Pastor is retiring from the ministry, our Associate Pastor is being located to another Methodist Church in the district and our Preschool Director is resigning. Change!  E-mails, letters and…

Dispatches from the First Year: Submit to God

We are in the process of creating a Next Generation (NextGen) team here at our church. We plan on combining both children and youth ministry together to create a unified building system within the younger generation of our churches. We…

Dispatches from the First Year: What We Need is a Plan

My year began innocently enough – I was chairing a search committee to find our next youth minister.  It ended with me being the youth minister.  There is much to tell about the days in between but as it is…

Dispatches from the First Year: Professor Experience

What’s the best way to learn things?  Well “best” is a subjective term that can mean all sorts of things.  For the sake of what I’m trying to communicate, let’s rephrase that question to read: What is the most effective way to…