Back in May of 2013, I jumped into a partnership with a couple of good friends to take on the task of continuing hundreds of years of tradition through The United Methodist Reporter. At the time we hoped that we could develop a business model that would allow for the addition of some part-time staff, recognizing that our ability to create and publish stories on our own would be limited by the full-time jobs that actually pay our salaries. When I took on the job of Executive Editor of UMR I was in an appointment that was less demanding, and my personal life allowed for some time and energy to devote to UMR. It was a labor of love, and I believed that we could create something special as we discerned a new model for sharing United Methodist news and commentary.
Since that time many things have happened. I’ve moved to become the lead pastor of a congregation with a large physical plant in an urban setting. I’ve transitioned to being a single dad half a month. I took on caring for a father with progressive dementia, requiring a great deal of time and emotional energy. I tried to continue contributing to UMR, but honestly, it came in fits and starts as my schedule and energy for the task ebbed and flowed. I was proud of the effort we made to cover the 2016 General Conference in Portland, but upon my return, I was confronted with many demands that simply made continuing with UMR an impossibility. As such I realized that it was time to let go and move on from my work on The United Methodist Reporter to devote myself to the pressing needs around me.
As such, I have resigned from my work on The United Methodist Reporter and The MethoBlog, turning over control to my partner in crime, Charles Harrison. I continue to be a partner in CircuitWriter Media LLC for the time being, but a silent one with minimal input into the day-to-day operation of the company. I absolutely support the vision of providing a place for news and commentary about life in The United Methodist Church, but that is a vision that others will have to assume as I focus instead on my personal and professional life here in Nashville.
It was a good run. I had a lot of fun and have met a lot of wonderful people. There are parts of it I will miss and wish we could have developed a model to allow this to be a full-time vocation.
But one can only do so much. Seasons come and seasons go, and it’s time for this season to end in my life.
Bye bye UMR.