A United Methodist pastor’s perspective on a pastoral transition

463192683I think most of the world has seen my Facebook post from yesterday in which I announced that I am being appointed to serve as the Sr. Pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, TN. In that statement, I acknowledged that I had thought at the beginning of the week that I was going to serve in another position at the conference office, but that the Holy Spirit had other plans in mind.… Read the rest

12 Steps of Church Transformation: Step 3 — Surrender

We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

One of the interesting things about the 12 steps is the recognition that recognizing our powerlessness and insanity and believing that God has the power to transform us doesn’t necessarily mean that we automatically take the third step — surrendering our will and lives over to God’s care.… Read the rest

The 12 Steps of Church Change: Step 1 — Powerlessness

We admitted we were powerless…that our lives had become unmanageable.
–12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

I don’t know about you, but as the pastor of a traditional, historic, aging, church that has been in numeric decline for some years now, it’s time for me to come to terms with the powerlessness I feel in regards to the trajectory of our ministry together.… Read the rest