Monday Memo: Currency of Life

Terry Walton


Currency of Life I was thinking... I am not certain where I first became aware of the quote “Relationship is the currency of ministry.” It was one of those ‘Amen’ moments for me. It is theologically and practically grounded. When the world was created God sought relationship with creation. When man and woman disobeyed, that relationship was fractured. From that moment forward God sought to restore that relationship even amongst the circumstances of sin. Despite ...

Monday Memo: A Teachable Spirit

Terry Walton


Healthy Thinking I was thinking... Wildfires in the western states. Earthquake in Haiti. Tropical storms lining up in the Atlantic basin. Drought in the Northwest. Is it climate change or just seasonal cycles? Unfortunately, the answer to that question has become too politically charged for healthy thinking. Get vaccinated. Don’t get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Don’t wear a mask. Require vaccination proof to enter certain venues. Limit the number of persons in ...

Monday Memo: A Teachable Spirit

Terry Walton


A Teachable Spirit I was thinking... Perhaps you have seen this quote recently… “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it.” It caught my attention because from where I sit there seems to be a whole lot of ‘know-it-all’ mentality with very little wisdom these days. In one of my earliest church appointments a lady said to me “If you think it, you might as well say it”. She caught me off guard so much so that my response was ...

Monday Memo: Confession

Terry Walton


Confession I was thinking... Trying to teach the meaning of ‘confession’, a Sunday School teacher asks her class of 5th graders, “Can anyone tell me what must be done before someone receives forgiveness of sin?” After a few moments of silence, a small voice from the back of the classroom replied, “First, you gotta sin!” Out of the mouths of babes!  Lord Thomas Robert Dewar was a Scottish Whiskey distiller who, along with his brother, John built their family ...

Goodbye: God Be with You

Quincy Brown


  It’s hard to believe that this is my last blog as your District Superintendent. Where has the time gone? It seems like it was just yesterday that we had my installation service at Conyers First UMC.   It’s been a pleasure serving alongside you for the past four years. You have taught me so much about church leadership and ministry. I’ve enjoyed hearing how God uses you to engage with your community as you imagine new ways to connect people with Jesus. You continue to amaze me with your ...

Milestones and Transitions

Quincy Brown


    The months of June and July in the church are milestones and transitional months. In June, we will experience several transitions throughout the district. The shifts in June are clergy being commissioned and ordained at Annual Conference. The moves in July are clergy appointments.   Commissioning to Provisional Elder Tayler Johnson Whitney Johnson Genetha Rice-Singleton   Ordination to Full-Connection Elder Dondra Davis Agnes Harvey Clergy Leaving Central South Susan Allen ...

More Than Meets the Eye

Quincy Brown


Do you remember the TV animated show, The Transformers? It was a cartoon series that debuted in 1984 and put together all of a teenaged boy’s great loves: planes, cars, and robots. You learn the plot of the show from the theme song. If you remember it, sing along with me:   “The Transformers! More than meets the eye! Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons! The Transformers! Robots in disguise! The Transformers! More than meets the eye! The Transformers!”   As...

Easter is Special

Quincy Brown


Easter is Special     Being the Church during a pandemic has been frustrating, challenging, and full of anxiety. I recall that last year, Easter for many of us was not the same. Last year, most of our churches had to scrap their Easter plans due to the pandemic. We were disappointed that the church year’s biggest day, which proclaimed God’s ultimate Good News, felt more like a hollow victory.   We all walked through the events of Holy Week with a different attitude and understanding. I wrote ...

Finish the Race!

Quincy Brown


  I ran track in high school. I ran the third leg on the 4X100 relay team. I never thought that I was fast, though I clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Looking back, I’m convinced that I gained my speed running from my neighbor’s German Shepherd named King. King didn’t like me and chased me every morning and evening, getting on and off the school bus.     I admit, I was nowhere near Bo Jackson (4.16) or Usain Bolt level (4.22), but I was the second-fastest on the team behind Mike, ...

The Vertical Slash:  Bifocals or Hybrid?


 Four years ago, I got my first pair of glasses. Until then, I had 20/20 vision. As a child, I ate many carrots to avoid having to wear glasses like Mama and my brother. I wanted to wear Foster Grant sunglasses, but the bespectacled look wasn’t for me. But things changed for me when one day while sitting in a meeting with the Bishop and other District Superintendents, we were looking at a presentation on two 90-inch TVs mounted on the wall.   For the first time, the images on the large screen ...

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