District | Central South

Grits and Grace for the Journey

Quincy Brown


Once a month, when I attend cabinet meetings at the Conference Office, several of the cabinet members have breakfast at Waffle House.  Our monthly Waffle House breakfast is something that I look forward to attending. For many, Waffle House is comfort breakfast food. For me, it reminds me of my Daddy who loved Waffle House!    Before he had severe health challenges and confined to a nursing home, he went there every day.  He was a local celebrity to the Waffle House and had his booth and his ...

The Shape of the River

Quincy Brown


  A longtime colleague of mine frequently reminds me of a reflection on leadership that impacted him when he first heard it nearly 20 years ago.  I’m grateful to John for keeping the message in front of me since I’m prone to forgetting letters over the years. Here’s what influenced John.   In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain reports the navigational instructions he received from an experienced Mississippi riverboat captain.  The captain explained that the look of the river constantly changes...

Culture Eats Strategy

Quincy Brown


Culture Eats Strategy Have you heard the phrase “culture eats strategy for breakfast?” It’s the phrase that allegedly originated with management guru Peter Drucker. Mark Fields, who later became President of Ford Motor Company, made the phrase famous in 2006. While there’s an ongoing debate about whether Drucker ever really said the sentence, it's accurate that culture is typically dominant than any strategy. The importance of culture holds true for the church too.   Last Monday, when ...

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 ...

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 ...

There’s No “I” in Team But There’s an “I” in CHURCH When It’s Turned Sideways

Quincy Brown


On Mother’s Day, Dionne and I attended worship at Crossroads Church in Conyers.  During the Children’s Moment, Pastor Zack Martin held up two signs that read “TEAM” and “CHURCH” respectively. He mentioned that there wasn’t an “I” in the words “TEAM” or “CHURCH.” As he spun the signs around for visual effect, the sign labeled “CHURCH” was turned on its side and one of the kids mentioned that the “H” becomes an “I” when you turn the CHURCH sideways. She shouted see; there is an "I" in CHURCH. ...

Can the Church Help Others Become Heroes of their Stories?

Quincy Brown


Have you seen the Avengers: Infinity War movie? I've seen it once, and I’m scheduled to see it again to see what I missed. Don't worry; there's a not spoiler alert here! The only thing that I will say is it’s fascinating to see how what started in 2008 with Iron Man has all led up to a cosmic battle between good and evil.    Ten years ago creators of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) had a vision. During the post credit scene of the first Iron Man movie, Samuel L. Jackson's character Nick ...

Leaving a Legacy: Seeing a Bigger Picture

Quincy Brown


On yesterday, I attended my first meeting of the Committee of 100, a group of Candler School of Theology alumni who are selected by the Dean to be ambassadors for the school to strengthen the ties between the seminary to the Church.    During the introduction of new members, I learned about three alumni who received Candler's lifetime achievement award. It was an honor to among such individuals. And it got me to begin thinking about what type of legacy I'm working on to leave.   We all want to ...

Transition Management

Quincy Brown


A few weeks ago, I met with David Carr a Ph.D. student and ministry candidate from Eastside UMC. David was carrying a copy of Arnold van Gennep’s book of The Rites of Passage, where van Gennep outlines the 3 phases of change rituals: separation, transition (or threshold), reincorporation. David was looking for a reference in the book for his dissertation.   Our conversation took me back to when I was working on my dissertation where I also used portions of van Gennep’s book. My work was on how ...

The Meaning of Easter

Quincy Brown


He was too heavy. He squirmed with nervous energy. His legs were getting restless, and he needed to go the bathroom. As he hung from the makeshift 2x4 lumber-constructed- cross, Greg was ready to come down before it was time. Greg was playing Jesus during the church's Easter play. I guess this is what happens when you grow up in a family church, and your family is the primary family in charge. And to make matters worse, when we got Greg down to carry him behind the large curtains (we didn’t...

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