Leadership Resources for Youth: B1: Fast Today, Change Tomorrow


New Downloadable B1 Video Quick, snappy, and substantive, this newly released three-minute online video explains the fasting campaign, B1. B1 is a response to teenagers' concern and action on behalf of poverty in their neighborhoods and around the world. During Lent 2009, about a dozen United Methodist youth groups participated in the 24-hour food fast. For example, two youth groups in New Jersey raised nearly $5,000 to support The Advance programs of their choice. The B1 campaign is about ...

Our death rate is lower than the national average. So what?


A recent study by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership attempts to track the aging of the membership of the United methodist Church in the United States. By comparing the death rates between the membership of the church and the larger U.S. population they concluded that the North Georgia Conference is one of the "areas of relative youthfulness." The North Georgia Conference has a death rate 40 percent lower than the U.S. population, suggesting a fairly young membership. The California-Pacific...

Leading Causes of Life


" I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10b, NIV)  "Gunderson and Pray write that life is breaking out even in the midst of death-dealing events and the challenge we must accept is to look for the soft whisper of life when the loud crash of death is easier to hear."  (from Larry Hollon's blog) "Leading Causes of Life focuses on five powerful concepts, namely:  connection, coherence, agency (action), blessing, and hope.  The five leading causes apply to ...

Letters Written In Turbulent Times


  "I see tremendous potential here in Georgia for the facing of these days. ... I’ve heard Georgia referred to as a “kingdom,” not an “area.” It would be almost impossible to find a section of the nation or world with more of what it takes to demonstrate intelligently and effectively the church at work. Opportunities for interesting confrontations ... abound .... It’s our time. Our society is starved to death for Christian guidance, and there is so much of the indispensable that will never be ...



B1 is a 24 hour fasting event, sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries, which raises money to empower the poor and disempower unjust systems. It's about raising awareness and helping young people see what a difference they can make. For more information and additional resources, go to

Most Important Lesson


The most important lesson of all? "Tell 'em story" says the little boy, Nullah, whose voice becomes the narrator of Australia.  Great Lines: Just because it is, doesn't mean it should be. One thing I know, why we tell story is the most important thing of all. That's how you keep them people belonging always.  Random thought: A film about Australia reminds me of Matthew 10:36, as quoted in Breaker Morant, a classic film.



If You Know Who You Are . . . You’ll Know What To Do


 If you have not had a chance to pick up Ron Greer's new book, you will want to do so. It could be the title of a great sermon series especially for the lectionary texts on David this summer. See the recent review in the Wesleyan Christian Advocate. I know Ron from working together at Peachtree Road UMC.  He would be an excellent speaker for your church this Fall. "If You Know Who You Are...You'll Know What To Do" Review by Wesleyan Christian Advocate, Martha M. Tate, LCSW “Seek not abroad,  ...

Job Sermon Notes for fall


During a season of struggle, you might want to consider a sermon series on Job which comes up in the lectionary in October. What follows are Rev. Mark Westmoreland’s thoughtful introductions to these texts along with four sermons. Mark is the pastor at Fayetteville First UMC. The four Job texts offer the possibility of a four-part series of sermons, although it is certainly debatable whether any of us would want to do this during October and the stewardship season.  Still, the story of Job gives...

There I was, resting.


I sat still today. I woke up early this morning, not before dawn or anything, but before the neighborhood had started to crackle with barking dogs and fitness walkers. I ambled down to pick up the paper in the driveway. I made myself a cup of coffee, and I then sat in a rocker on the front porch.  The new sun had yet to overcome the coolness of the night before. A leisurely breeze swirled the heady scent of nearby gardenia blossoms around my head. I’ve got to say, a cup of hot coffee and the ...

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