Alexandria District Lay Leader

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Thoughts from Lay Leader John Meeuwissen

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 […]

By God’s Grace … and Thanks!

by Kim Johnson

God places us where He needs us. Where has God placed you? What has He given you to do? Who has He placed in your life to care for in His name? All that we are, all that we have, all that we are called to do is because of Him. We are His, His […]

Accept the Challenge – Rise Up – Rebuild Lives!

by Kim Johnson

Have you heard about “Accept the Challenge – Rise Up – Rebuild Lives?” It’s the catchy title for the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church’s capital campaign, which is coming to your local church! Rising Hope’s capital campaign, which was unanimously approved at last October’s Alexandria District Conference, is focused on continuing the transformation of […]

“Chat & Chew Theology”

by Kim Johnson

We’ve all heard about Pub Theology – in fact, some of us may have experienced it – you know, that’s where we form a small group or have a bible study that just happens to be meeting at a non-church venue. So, what’s “Chat & Chew Theology?” At the end of January, some of us […]

“Looking Ahead”

by Kim Johnson

What will this new year bring us? None of us knows for sure, do we? Only the Lord knows what the future holds. Even so, we can be confident that the One who holds the future also holds us by the hand. There will be surprises, yes; some unexpectedly wonderful developments; and most likely, challenges, […]

TOP3 Things … Heard Around the District

by Kim Johnson

As we finish up our annual charge conferences around the Alexandria District, let me share my TOP3 things that I heard and sensed during these moments of Holy Conferencing. Many of our churches have a vibrancy and excitement in their midst. Most of our churches are “doing church” outside their walls … in the community. […]

Lay Leadership 101

by Kim Johnson

Recently, I was blessed to attend an outstanding conference and retreat on Ethical Leadership. One could say, “How appropriate a time for this kind of subject matter!” Or another might add, “Isn’t all leadership ethical?” I’ll stay away from the political implications and just share some thoughts that are applicable to any of our lay […]

Are You Ready for Some Change?

by admin

How do you feel about change?  Are you comfortable when it happens?  Do you feel upset when change is happening all around you?  And what about change in your local church?  Are you ready for it?  These are all tough things to address; but as the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus said: “Change is the only […]

Thy Will Be Done …vs… New Fall Programs

by admin

Well, here we are … summer is almost over, school has started for many, we have a new bishop, Founders Day programs are set, Homecoming Sundays are scheduled, Charge Conferences are about to start, and new programs or Sunday School classes are set to begin!  Isn’t it great?  But what about our Annual Conference theme […]

What Tent Are You Living In?

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“What Tent Are You Living In?” Questions – questions – questions … so many questions. Who are you going to vote for? (from Campaign 2016)  Which side are you on? (from 2016 General Conference)  Which camp are you in? (from Dairy Queen commercials)  Shouldn’t the question be – What tent are you living in?  Dis-con-TENT-ment […]