I was pastoring in Sierra Vista when I heard he committed suicide. Rev. Larry DeLong started pastoring the Presbyterian church in Green Valley five months before I started pastoring the United Methodist church in neighboring Sahuarita in 2009. Two Sundays ago, I heard Valley Presbyterian Church has a new permanent senior pastor for the first time since Rev. DeLong. It is hard on a church to have their pastor die. I can only imagine how hard it is on a church when their pastor commits suicide. Did you know pastors can get depressed?
Have you ever thought something like this, “there’s just something special about that person?” You came into their presence, or observed what they were doing and found yourself inspired? Who was that person? What did you admire about her/him?
In this era of social media and 24-hour news, it is easy to become focused on the latest tweet or developing story, to lose the sense of seasons of life in our world, in our churches, in our individual lives.
Lay Servant Ministries is part of the discipling and leadership development work of our United Methodist Church. Lay Servants, Lay Speakers, and Certified Lay Ministers are professing members of a local church.
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No longer can we simply ask, “What can we do to get people to come to our church?” We must also consider, “How can we go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel?”
Heard about the Western Jurisdiction Fresh United Methodism Summit on November 14-16? Learn about the purpose of the summit and share your concerns. What questions are surfacing at the local church about the future of The UMC? What do you hope for from this jurisdictional summit? Join the hour-long discussion via Zoom.
Living in the desert, we know a lot about dry places. How do we bring life to these dry places? Even in the desert there is rain. The question is whether the rain soaks into the soil or runs off. This is an issue J. David Bamberger faced.
Justice for Our Neighbors, which provides legal aid to low-income immigrants and educates communities about the U.S. immigration system, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Warren Gill sat down with Rob Rutland-Brown, national executive director of JFON, for a question-and-answer session.
The Inn in Tucson is a safe place for asylum-seeking families to stay as they transition out of detention facilities at the U.S. – Mexico border. Guests are provided with food, clothing, and showers before leaving for other parts of the U.S. to reconnect with family. Share this video story.