Camp Meeting

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… I am a child of ‘Camp Meeting’.  As a United Methodist Pastor’s son I didn’t choose my local church…it chose me.  I didn’t get to shop VBS or ‘youth groups’…they were assigned to me.  It was a given in my life that on Sundays I was going to be in Church ready for Sunday School and Worship.  As I entered the first grade my dad was appointed as a local Pastor to the Pomona/Mt. Zion Charge in Griffin, Georgia.  Attached to that charge was a Campground where an annual Camp ...

KidMin UnConference Sparks New Ideas and Deep Connection



KidMin UnConference Sparks New Ideas and Deep Connection This spring a group of Children's Ministry Directors in our Conference organized an un-conference (another way of saying, a loosely structured day together to exchange information and ideas). One Monday morning on May, 18 United Methodist Childen's Ministry leaders gathered around the kitchen table to share ideas about Sunday school, favorite storybooks and how to use them, plus outlines of an activity or ...

‘Blind Spots’

Terry Walton


  I Was Thinking… I’m not sure where I first heard it but I’ve said for most of my adult life… “The human capacity for rationalization is beyond measurement.”  We can ‘rationalize’ our way into and out of any situation.  We can ‘justify’ any behavior we desire whether it is appropriate or inappropriate behavior.  It is amazing the power of ‘blind spots’ in our lives. The Arbinger Institute’s book entitled The Anatomy of Peace writes it this way… “My whole world changed.  It changed because I ...

‘Life is Good’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… This time of year reminds me of summers gone by and family vacations.  We’ve always attempted to take time for ‘creating memories’ as a family at a beach for a few days in the summer.  It has become a Walton tradition. Somewhere along the way I became enamored with ‘Life is Good’ T-shirts.  Each summer I find a new ‘Life is Good’ themed shirt and add it to my collection.  This past Christmas the family gave me a ‘Life is Good’ book which tells the story of two brothers, Bert ...

Marriage Retreat Leads Couple to Church



Marriage Retreat Drew Us to Church By Terrae Ward After dating long-distance for only four months, David proposed to me on Christmas morning in his Atlanta townhouse in 2016. We knew it would be a short engagement since I didn’t want or need a wedding. We are over 40, both divorcees, and our four boys are grown. So I started making plans to move from Pennsylvania -- where we both grew up -- to Atlanta right away. Before we eloped alone to Jamaica, I was convinced that we needed pre-marital ...

Greetings to the Great Gainesville District


Greetings to the Great Gainesville District!  I am delighted to join in the ministry and mission that is already happening among the many churches of this district.  I look forward to getting to know all of you better as we build upon the strengths of the district and envision new ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.    Carolyn Morris joins me in the District Office as the Administrative Assistant, and she, too, looks forward to meeting you and working ...

A Path For The Church

Quincy Brown


Do you remember the game Candy Land? If you’re not familiar with the iconic board game, please click here. The game is a pathway through gumdrops, lollipops, ice cream, and gingerbread. Woven around players finding King Kandy, the lost king of Candy Land, its creator Eleanor Abbott, who was recovering from polio, designed for the game kids suffering from the disease to enjoy.   At the suggestion of the children, Eleanor submitted the game to Milton Bradley, who purchased it in 1949. The game ...

‘The Beauty of ‘Us’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I’ve never been one for labels.  I think they are dangerous because in each label there is an assumption that your understanding and my meaning are equal.  For example, I may say that I’m conservative.  But what does that word mean?  You may think I mean theologically conservative when I mean fiscally or socially conservative.  The context of the conversation and the understanding of words are critical for ‘label’ understanding. Several decades ago in church circles there were ...

‘God Idea’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Have you ever run across someone that you thought was a ‘control freak’?  I know I have and it is most likely true that there may be people who may think that I am a ‘border line control freak’ (or maybe not even ‘border line’). I have been reading Richard Rohr’s book Hope Against Darkness.  I commend it to you.  Richard is a Franciscan Monk and I think one of the wisest souls on earth.  He writes, “Someone recently asked me why there seemed to be so many control freaks in ...

Family, Friends and Football

Quincy Brown


On Monday, I made a trip to my hometown to visit my family.  As with most of my family gatherings, we each took turns going back down memory lane.  For some reason, this experience brought back a memory of my first time playing an organized sport on the football team of my elementary school. We were the Purple Panthers. Though at the time it made sense, none of us ever gave a second thought of how silly a purple panther looked.  I guess anything makes sense to you as a child.     I went to the ...

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