Posts by Kim Johnson

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Monumental Decisions

by Kim Johnson

At our April Bi-District Clergy meeting, Tom Berlin energized the crowd with his update on the Way Forward Commission. Tom was uncharacteristically upbeat about the future of the denomination, saying that he has hope for the first time in a long time. The process that the Commission is going through fascinated me. They started by […]

Prayer, Providence, and Principles

by Kim Johnson

“By Your Spirit, make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory and we feast at His heavenly banquet.” — from “The Great Thanksgiving” prayer in The United Methodist Hymnal Last month this time, during the first week of April, our […]

Can We Talk? – Seriously – Can We Talk?

by Kim Johnson

First of all, I need to share with you the context in which I’m writing this article – (1) it’s been a week since Easter Sunday; (2) we just celebrated with those district churches that had an increase in average worship attendance, professions of faith, or both; (3) Pam and I are off to the […]

A Book Review

by Kim Johnson

Darryl W. Stephens has written a timely analysis of the historical development of our denominations Social Principles, along with a theological analysis of how those principles function in the life of United Methodist witness in the world. The book is Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church’s Witness (University of Tennessee Press, 2016). It […]

Rising Hope Mission Church’s Clothing Closet Needs

by Kim Johnson

With spring finally here, many are going through their closets and weeding out clothes that have “shrunk” over the years or just needing to be recycled. If you have clothes taking up space in your closet, please remember the needs of Rising Hope Mission Church for your clothing donations. Rising Hope’s clothing closet is open […]

Kairos Informational Dinner

by Kim Johnson

“ . . . I was in prison and you visited me.”  – Matthew 25: 36 Kairos Prison Ministry is a lay-led, Christ-centered, and Holy Spirit inspired ministry that shares the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ with incarcerated men, women, and youth.  The Northern Virginia Kairos Prison Ministry team, serving the men’s prisons […]

From Bishop Lewis: April 29

by Kim Johnson

April 29, 2017 Dear Virginia Annual Conference, I write this letter to inform you that last night, the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church ruled that the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who leads the Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone Conference, must be reviewed in order to determine if it is in violation of church […]

From Bishop Lewis: March 29

by Kim Johnson

March 29, 2017 Dear Friends, On April 2-8, the Virginia Conference will engage in an intentional time of prayer for the mission and unity of The United Methodist Church.  Specific to this focused prayer ministry will be prayers for the work of The Commission on a Way Forward.  You may access resources for this week […]

To Alexandria District Clergy (April 28)

by Kim Johnson

Dear Alexandria District Clergy, As we have been praying for the Judicial Council this week, their decision has been announced this evening (Friday). You can find the information here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/consecration-of-gay-bishop-against-church-law In addition, the Council of Bishops has issued a statement about the Judicial Council’s decision. You can find it here: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/president-of-the-council-of-bishops-statement-regarding-judicial-council-de I invite you to […]

Draw the Circle: Praying a Way Forward

by Kim Johnson

After reading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle,  the Bi-District staff felt compelled to get a bit creative in how we would “do our part” for the prayer challenge for “A Way Forward” this week.  We asked every church in the District to designate  one day during which they would pray for the Commission on a […]