Posts by Kim Johnson

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Sometimes It Takes 20 Years

by Kim Johnson

“It took twenty years for me to decide to be baptized,” the man said. “Twenty years. And all that time, people kept inviting me. In college, everyone knew from the late night sessions at the dorm that I was a convicted atheist. I was an engineer, and a rational person. But they kept inviting me. […]

Beware of Emails

by Kim Johnson

I would like to encourage a healthy amount of skepticism as you read through your daily emails. As we become more and more dependent on our digital conveniences, bad actors become more and more clever about stealing from us. Most of us have received emails supposedly from wealthy individuals in other continents who would generously […]

Learners and Influencers … to Serve

by Kim Johnson

In last month’s article, I posed the following question, “Are you a disciple, learner, and influencer?”  I then suggested some ways to prioritize our opportunities to become better disciples, learners, and influencers.  One of those ways I suggested was through the use of resources.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I subscribe to a free […]

Wisdom on Race

by Kim Johnson

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears […]

New Clergy (2017)

by Kim Johnson

New Alexandria District Clergy New Alexandria Clergy Benson McGlone, Gainesville UMC – Bristow Church (or other job/position/school) from which you came: Virginia Beach UMC Family: Alicia – Wife, Bean – Dog What are you most excited about for the coming year at your new church? Reaching new people What are you most passionate about in ministry? Preaching and […]

Meet Michelle Holmes Chaney

by Kim Johnson

Reverend Doctor Michelle Holmes Chaney joins the Arlington District Staff as the Church Development Coordinator beginning March 15, 2018. She will be working for Arlington part time while also continuing as one of the pastors at Centreville UMC. A native of New York City, Dr. Chaney received her Bachelors from Virginia Tech, a Masters of […]

Hold These Truths

by Kim Johnson

On Saturday, I went to see Arena Stage’s production of “Hold These Truths.” Based on the true story of Gordon Hirbayashi, the play exposes how his idealistic belief in the Constitution’s protections for American citizens was buffeted and tested by our treatment of persons of Japanese descent during World War II. Even though we were […]

Servant Leaders and Lay Servant Ministries

by Kim Johnson

Have you talked about Servanthood and Servant Leadership in your church?  I have been in many conversations about being a Servant of Jesus Christ with a lot of my friends.  To help me understand and explain to others I pulled together some information which I would like to share with you.  I also want to […]

Virginia Conference Historical Society to Host SEJ Historical Society Annual Meeting

by Kim Johnson

When planning this summer’s vacation, set aside July 17-20, 2018 for the Southeastern Jurisdiction Historical Society Annual Meeting, held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference, whose theme is Religious Liberty in the Historic Advance of Virginia Methodism, will be hosted by the Virginia Conference Historical Society (VCHS). Everyone is invited. Attendees will experience an outstanding agenda […]

Praying for Deepened Compassion Today

by Kim Johnson

Rev. Janet Salbert (Grace UMC) recently completed the Shalem Spiritual Guidance Program. She offers her final paper, based upon Transforming Trauma, “in order to help others continue to be concerned when violence is unleashed, even in the face of  our compassion fatigue because of its prevalence.” She begins: After the violence in Ferguson, and then, Baltimore in 2015, the […]