Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. – Romans 12: 9-10 (Common English Version)
Hope is here. Love is here. Family is here.
These words are just some of the ways that you as a congregation talk about being a faithful community that loves God and welcomes the neighbor. I have Read more >>
Sometimes in religious circles we talk about a word without fully understanding its implications. We can also throw out “churchy” words or concepts that turn off newcomers. Just think about the times that you have been in a work or social situation and it’s assumed that you know all the jargon but you feel lost. I wanted part of my growth as a pastor to be leading a class that understood Read more >>
Last Spring I visited Bay View United Methodist Church for the first time. I met in the Gathering Space with Pastor Kelly for what was, in some ways, an interview for me. It was also an opportunity for me to see if I thought BVUMC would be a good fit for me and my learning goals. There were a lot of clues in that first meeting that the church would be a good fit for me, but the one that really stuck out to me Read more >>
As I write this looking forward to 2015 I am still so grateful to all of you at BVUMC for being a teaching congregation. Thank you for all of your support as I continue to grow into my pastoral identity. You may not even know that you are doing it in the moment but each way that I am involved in life of Read more >>