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From the Pastor’s Desk – Journal 7.20.17

by Tiffany Nagel Monroe

“As soon as I came down from the desk I was enclosed by a body of children, one of whom and another sunk down upon their knees until they were all kneeling, so I kneeled down myself and began praying for them. Abundance of people ran back into the house. The fire kindled and ran […]

Upcoming Sermon Series: “Why?”

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Why? It’s a simple word but a deep question everyone wrestles with at some pint in their lives. When bad things happen, our prayers seem unanswered and God seems far away, we cry out, “Why?” In this sermon series, we will look to the scriptures and the stories of those who have come through horrific […]

Would the good news Mary received be good news for us?

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“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those […]

Jesus Teaches Us to Focus on What Is Truly Important to God

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“It ultimately comes down to one thing, you love God in as much as you love others.” —Jesus (Paraphrase by Rev. Kris Tate) A time in history we don’t discuss much is the roughly 300 years from the end of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New Testament. This time in Biblical history […]

Where is God Calling Us to Go As a Church?

by Kris Tate

“If it didn’t show up at church, it didn’t count.” –Dr. Reggie McNeal As I have been prayerfully considering where God is calling us as a church, I have also been reading the book, Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give up Our Obsession with Fixing the Church—and What We Should Do Instead by Dr. Reggie […]

Recent church council meeting evokes thoughts of life cycles, restarting growth

by Kris Tate

On the evening of August 18, we had a church council meeting at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. At that meeting of just more than 15 church members, we discussed one of the most—if not the most—pressing issues facing mainline denomination churches in the United States. The issue is church life cycles. I can only imagine how […]

Don’t expect anything, and you will be sure to get it

by Kris Tate

I have recently been reading the book Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission by Rev. Bob Farr. In his book, he makes the point I have both heard and seen in numerous other places, which is “Most churches are floundering or failing because they have little to no expectations of […]

85% of all people start coming to church because of one thing. What is it?

by Kris Tate

During my more than a decade in local church ministry, I have been to countless seminars, trainings, and have read numerous books that discuss the seemingly infinite number of ways to get more people into church. It seems as if every few weeks there is some new idea “guaranteed” to have more people become involved in […]