Alexandria District Lay Leader

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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 […]

Disciples, Learners, and Influencers

by Kim Johnson

Over the last few months, I’ve focused on all the ‘new’ things that are happening in the Alexandria District – remember, we had 1,331 of them shared during our fall Charge Conferences. And on top of that … we had district increases last year in BOTH Average Worship Attendance and Professions of Faith!! Congratulations to […]

Civil in an Un-Civil World

by Kim Johnson

As I was driving in to work recently and listening to WTOP, I heard an ad for the Washington Post that highlighted some feature stories, one of which was titled, “The Quest for Civility – Finding Civility in an Un-Civil World.” This made me think about a devotional message I remembered from the “Leading Like […]

A New Thing … Update #3

by Kim Johnson

Well, here we are … our 2017 Charge Conferences are finalized, Isaiah 43:18-19 has been recited approximately 150 times, clergy compensation and lay leadership decisions have been made, 75+ lay servants have been approved, State of the Church reports and Pastors’ reports have been shared, and 1,331 new things have been noted and listed!!  Thank […]

Exciting Times … A New Thing … Update #2

by Kim Johnson

The last couple of months, I’ve been sharing about our exciting times that we are experiencing in the Alexandria District this year. This is all centered around the theme … “A New Thing” …  for our Charge Conferences this fall. Last month, I wrote about the “60+ new things” that were reported during our first […]

These are Exciting Times … Update #1

by Kim Johnson

Last month, I shared some particulars from my report to the Alexandria District Conference and it was all very positive.  I began the article with a short paragraph that included the following sentences: How about this “New Thing?”  Have you seen it?  Have you experienced it?  Are you willing to talk about it, or maybe, […]

“These are Exciting Times”

by Kim Johnson

I know that not everyone goes to our Alexandria District Conference, so let me share some insights from my Lay Leader report to the District. I begin by asking … How about this “New Thing?” Have you seen it? Have you experienced it? Are you willing to talk about it, or maybe, pray about it? […]

“Are You a Lifelong Learner and Influencer?”

by Kim Johnson

Last month I shared some of my reflections on Annual Conference and all the fuss centered on “this new thing.” I pointed out that we have a great start in the Alexandria District when it comes to doing “A New Thing.” I also focused on Bishop Lewis’ Episcopal Address and her run-up to unveiling our […]

What’s All This Fuss About “A New Thing”?

by Cynthia Lopynski

As we heard during our recent Annual Conference; and as we begin to prepare for our upcoming District Conference in late September and all of our local Charge Conferences this fall – all centered on the theme, ‘A New Thing’ – I have to ask, “What’s all this fuss about?”  Haven’t we been doing this […]

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 […]