http://www.ngumc.org Blog Posts RSS Blog Posts RSS en-us 8/17/2018 3:45:47 AM Grits and Grace for the Journey http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/grits-and-grace-for-the-journey-11650912 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/grits-and-grace-for-the-journey-11650912 Once a month, when I attend cabinet meetings at the Conference Office, several of the cabinet ... 8/15/2018 ‘Stinking Thinking’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11649690 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11649690   I Was Thinking… The people of the Atlanta-Marietta District are wonderfully gracious in so many ... 8/14/2018 Try It This Week (A Disciple-Making Tool) http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/try-it-this-week-a-weekly-discipleship-tool-10366213 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/try-it-this-week-a-weekly-discipleship-tool-10366213 A simple lesson to remember concerning disciple-making: teach, model, and coach what you want others... 8/14/2018 Full STEAM Ahead http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/full-steam-ahead-11649507 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/full-steam-ahead-11649507 By Rev. Jenny Anderson Hopewell UMC in Tyrone has a great philosophy about how to be in partnership... 8/13/2018 ‘Listen to Yourself’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11647494 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11647494   I Was Thinking… My baby book records that my first word was ‘ball’.  Shortly after that I learned... 8/7/2018 The Shape of the River http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-shape-of-the-river-11609339 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-shape-of-the-river-11609339   A longtime colleague of mine frequently reminds me of a reflection on leadership that impacted ... 8/1/2018 ‘My Goodness’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11608192 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11608192 I Was Thinking… A gracious soul sent me a note of encouragement last week.  It lifted my spirit.  ... 7/31/2018 ‘On Purpose’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11590198 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11590198   I Was Thinking… Purpose is mighty important piece of any plan.  “What is the purpose?” becomes a ... 7/24/2018 ‘Blessed to be a Blessing’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11587272 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11587272   I Was Thinking… I remember the first time I heard it.  I was stunned, but in a very good way.  I ... 7/17/2018 Culture Eats Strategy http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/culture-eats-strategy-11587390 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/culture-eats-strategy-11587390 Culture Eats Strategy Have you heard the phrase “culture eats strategy for breakfast?” It’s the ... 7/17/2018 re:Vision - Camp Create http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-camp-create-11587110 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-camp-create-11587110 Welcome to Camp Create By Rev. Cyndi McDonald Like most good ... 7/16/2018 Camp Meeting http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/camp-meeting-11584358 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/camp-meeting-11584358   I Was Thinking… I am a child of ‘Camp Meeting’.  As a United Methodist Pastor’s son I didn’t ... 7/10/2018 KidMin UnConference Sparks New Ideas and Deep Connection http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/kidmin-unconference-sparks-new-ideas-and-deep-connection-11587903 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/kidmin-unconference-sparks-new-ideas-and-deep-connection-11587903 KidMin UnConference Sparks New Ideas and Deep Connection This spring ... 7/8/2018 ‘Blind Spots’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11581963 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11581963   I Was Thinking… I’m not sure where I first heard it but I’ve said for most of my adult life… “The... 7/3/2018 ‘Life is Good’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11525614 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11525614 I Was Thinking… This time of year reminds me of summers gone by and family vacations.  We’ve always... 6/26/2018 Marriage Retreat Leads Couple to Church http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/marriage-retreat-leads-couple-to-church-11525390 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/marriage-retreat-leads-couple-to-church-11525390 Marriage Retreat Drew Us to Church By Terrae Ward After dating long-distance for only four months, ... 6/25/2018 Greetings to the Great Gainesville District http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/greetings-to-the-great-gainesville-district-11525068 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/greetings-to-the-great-gainesville-district-11525068 Greetings to the Great Gainesville District!  I am delighted to join in the ministry and mission ... 6/22/2018 A Path For The Church http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-path-for-the-church-11523716 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/a-path-for-the-church-11523716 Do you remember the game Candy Land? If you’re not familiar with the iconic board game, please ... 6/20/2018 ‘The Beauty of ‘Us’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11506034 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11506034 I Was Thinking… I’ve never been one for labels.  I think they are dangerous because in each label ... 6/19/2018 ‘God Idea’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11473992 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11473992 I Was Thinking… Have you ever run across someone that you thought was a ‘control freak’?  I know I ... 6/12/2018 Family, Friends and Football http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/family-friends-and-football-11455867 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/family-friends-and-football-11455867 On Monday, I made a trip to my hometown to visit my family.  As with most of my family gatherings, ... 6/6/2018 Meet M.A.P http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/meet-m-a-p-11453949 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/meet-m-a-p-11453949 By Nate Juvinall Metro Atlanta Project or M.A.P. for short is a student-led/adult-supported mission ... 6/4/2018 ‘Soul Massage’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11413076 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11413076 I Was Thinking… How is it with your soul?  That is an important question.  For the past several ... 5/29/2018 Disc Golf Church http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/disc-golf-church-11453950 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/disc-golf-church-11453950 By Rev. Jeff Rogers Chamblee First UMC is blessed with a beautiful campus. The building sits on ... 5/28/2018 There’s No “I” in Team But There’s an “I” in CHURCH When It’s Turned Sideways http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/there-s-no-i-in-team-but-there-s-an-i-in-church-when-it-s-turned-sideways-11412778 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/there-s-no-i-in-team-but-there-s-an-i-in-church-when-it-s-turned-sideways-11412778 On Mother’s Day, Dionne and I attended worship at Crossroads Church in Conyers.  During the Children... 5/23/2018 ‘Understanding’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11411318 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11411318 I Was Thinking… It doesn’t surprise you when I say that there are a lot of things in this world ... 5/22/2018 Pastoral Pup http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/pastoral-pup-11410955 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/pastoral-pup-11410955 By Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell In one of my former churches, the children’s... 5/21/2018 ‘Immediately’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11390182 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11390182 I Was Thinking… Have you ever had an ‘immediate moment’?  In Matthew’s Gospel it is recorded that ... 5/15/2018 Open Doors and a Borrowed Van http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/open-doors-and-a-borrowed-van-11389881 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/open-doors-and-a-borrowed-van-11389881 By Catherine Hart A funny thing happened during our older adult outing on April 26. We're all ... 5/14/2018 Can the Church Help Others Become Heroes of their Stories? http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/can-the-church-help-others-become-heroes-of-their-stories-11362358 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/can-the-church-help-others-become-heroes-of-their-stories-11362358 Have you seen the Avengers: Infinity War movie? I've seen it once, and I’m scheduled to see it ... 5/9/2018 ‘Focus’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11359589 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11359589 I Was Thinking… Everyday pressures are real!  We all have good days and bad days.  Someone once ... 5/8/2018 ‘Sooner’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11280876 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11280876 I Was Thinking… A mother was telling her little girl about life on the farm when she was growing ... 5/1/2018 re:Vision - Death Cafe: A New Ministry of Our Church http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-death-cafe-a-new-ministry-of-our-church-11280155 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-death-cafe-a-new-ministry-of-our-church-11280155 Death Cafe: A New Ministry of Our Church? By Rev. Dr. Mark ... 4/30/2018 Leaving a Legacy: Seeing a Bigger Picture http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/leaving-a-legacy-seeing-a-bigger-picture-11258347 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/leaving-a-legacy-seeing-a-bigger-picture-11258347 On yesterday, I attended my first meeting of the Committee of 100, a group of Candler School of ... 4/26/2018 ‘Holy Journey’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11220170 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11220170   I Was Thinking… A United Methodist Pastor journeys God’s call.  In that journey there is a ... 4/24/2018 ‘Inspiration’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11160250 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11160250 I Was Thinking… Inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, ... 4/17/2018 re:Vision - Putting 'Contemporary' Back Into the Worship Space http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/revision-putting-contemporary-back-into-the-worship-space-11159948 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/revision-putting-contemporary-back-into-the-worship-space-11159948 Putting 'Contemporary' Back Into the Worship Space By Rev. Jeremy ... 4/16/2018 Transition Management http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/transition-management-11152916 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/transition-management-11152916 A few weeks ago, I met with David Carr a Ph.D. student and ministry candidate from Eastside UMC. ... 4/11/2018 ‘Alleluia’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11151016 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11151016   I Was Thinking… I continue to find inspiration from Joan Chittister’s book The Rule of Benedict, ... 4/10/2018 re:Vision - They Met Their Goal! http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-they-met-their-goal-11148753 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-they-met-their-goal-11148753 They Met Their Goal!  By Lindsey Solomon In June of 2017, The ... 4/9/2018 ‘Serenity’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11127931 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11127931   I Was Thinking… In the summer of 1934 a theologian named Reinhold Niebur was vacationing in his ... 4/3/2018 The Meaning of Easter http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-meaning-of-easter-11124937 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/the-meaning-of-easter-11124937 He was too heavy. He squirmed with nervous energy. His legs were getting restless, and he needed ... 3/28/2018 ‘Profound’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11123191 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11123191   I Was Thinking… This is a profound week.  We call it ‘Holy/Passion Week’.  Lent accelerates to a ... 3/27/2018 re:Vision - Dinner Church: Taking the Church Jesus Loves to the People Jesus Loves http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-dinner-church-11122824 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-dinner-church-11122824   By Rev. Heather Jallad Burnett Elementary School is 1.4 miles from... 3/26/2018 ‘Leadership is the Key’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11104271 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11104271   I Was Thinking… Leadership is the Key.  I have always had a keen interest in ‘leadership’.  I ... 3/20/2018 re:Vision - The Branch http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-the-branch-11121613 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/re-vision-the-branch-11121613 The Branch By Andrew Covington This time last year, I, like many ... 3/19/2018 Connecting with the Nones http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/connecting-with-the-nones-11102206 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/connecting-with-the-nones-11102206 Elizabeth was twenty-one when I first met her ten years ago. At the time, she was struggling to ... 3/14/2018 ‘Rhythm’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11101087 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11101087   I Was Thinking… The experience of ‘Daylight Saving Time’ has me thinking about rhythm.  Losing an... 3/13/2018 ‘Good-Tired’ http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11049596 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/11049596 I Was Thinking… A weekend with a two-year-old is exhausting and rejuvenating all at the same time. ... 3/6/2018 Try It This Week (A Discipleship Tool) http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/multiplying-discipleship-movement-10506776 http://www.ngumc.org/blogsdetail/multiplying-discipleship-movement-10506776 Discipleship takes TIME.  In The Master Plan of Evangelism, ... 3/6/2018
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