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What's The Story Driving You?

Quincy Brown

6/24/2020

  This month marks the 25th anniversary of my ordination in the United Methodist Church. Over the years, I’ve gathered several stories from my appointments to congregations and extension ministries beyond the local church. My ministry experience includes St. Paul Summit Street, Gainesville First United Methodist, Gainesville Urban Ministries, LaGrange College, LaGrange First, Warren Temple, Impact Church, Threshold Church (under New Church Development), Peachtree City, and now the District ...


Hovering Over the Hurricane

Quincy Brown

6/10/2020

It’s hurricane season. As I write, Tropical Storm Cristobal is crawling across Mexico and about to make a run in the US. Over the past few weeks, many of us have experienced the swirling effects of gale-force hurricane winds. We’ve all witnessed several moving images that have taken our breaths away—to put it bluntly; it feels like things are a mess.   I’m breathless, and I’ve been trying to mentally and emotionally process the hurricane-like experiences happening in our world today. It saddens ...


Transitions

Quincy Brown

5/27/2020

During July and September, we will experience several transitions throughout the district. The shifts in July are clergy appointments. The developments in September will require a vote at Annual Conference to change the 12 district lines to 8 districts that follow county lines. The new area, District 4, South Central, will include DeKalb, Rockdale, Newton, and Henry Counties. Clergy Leaving ADOX (7/1/20) Theo Stanford to Cliftondale Joya Abrams to Bethany in Smyrna Dan Dixon to Greenville ...


Discipleship: Bridge Building with X’s and O’s

Quincy Brown

5/13/2020

I have a fundamental belief that churches need to produce disciples who build bridges that connect different people in different places to Jesus. Perhaps it's my age speaking, but I believe more than ever that discipleship is being Jesus’ witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.   We are comfortable with the Jerusalem part of being a witness if this means people who already attend our churches. But that’s only part of Jesus’ command. What about “building bridges” to ...


Easter Creates Adaptive Disciples

Quincy Brown

4/29/2020

How was your Easter? Easter was very different for me this year. It forced me to embody the Easter story in a fresh way. Like many of you, I lamented over not being able to have all of the "bells and whistles" and the usual "pomp and circumstance" during Easter Sunday worship. I watched with anticipation several of our district churches Easter services. I was blown away by the innovation and fresh approaches to Easter despite the constraints of sheltering in place and physical distancing. ...


Lessons from Kermit the Frog

Quincy Brown

4/15/2020

The days of the weeks have blurred together. I believe that this is day 34 of my physical distancing, and I'm trying to find a new rhythm for life and ministry. Of the many things that I've done to maintain some sense of normalcy is 100 push-ups per day, and cardio for 40 minutes while playing Xbox to pass the time quickly (LA Fitness is closed, and my trainer is unable to do virtual training). I exercise in my "make-shift" office in the basement in front of a flat-screen TV. I have to adapt to ...


Living In The Wilderness

Quincy Brown

4/1/2020

Have you gone stir-crazy from cabin fever yet? If it weren't for Dionne's birthday on Tuesday, March 24, and my sister-in-law Gillian's birthday today, I wouldn't know what day it is. In Conyers (Rockdale County), where I live, we are under a mandatory “shelter in place” order until April 8.   On the last count, from my social distancing, since I'm one of several people with a preexisting condition, this means that I've been working from home for three weeks! Occasionally, I have to remind ...


Engagement: Asking About Life

Quincy Brown

3/17/2020

In just fourteen days, my new book Discipleship Path will hit the presses! I’m excited about this project as many of our pastors and laity helped me to create the process that I discuss in the book. Here’s a brief excerpt from the book:   People are not looking for a church. People are looking for community and engagement. This news was the painful lesson I learned as a failed church planter a few years ago. It took me a long time to come to terms with my failure. After all, I sincerely...


Community Engagement

Quincy Brown

3/4/2020

What questions are people in your community asking? I've asked several congregations in the district to consider this question as they think about its impact of making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I wrote about how to answer this question back in July 2019. If you missed it, click here for the information.   Recently, I caught up with Dr. Doug Gilreath, senior pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church, (CFUMC) and asked him how Covington First ...


Prayers

Quincy Brown

2/19/2020

  Prayer Do you remember the bedtime prayer, “Now He lay me down to sleep?” If you’re like me, this nightly ritual was the first prayer that you learned. And of course, at the end of the prayer, I would ask God to bless every person that I could think of, often trying my parents’ patience.   After I mastered this prayer, Daddy taught me how to offer the blessing over the meal by saying, “Lord, thank you for this opportunity to eat, I pray that you bless this food to nourish our bodies. ...


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