Alexandria District Lay Leader

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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?

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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

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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 […]

What Does General Conference Mean to Me?

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The theme of the 2016 General Conference is “Therefore Go,”  United Methodist Communications developed the logo as an action-themed graphic that ties to the roots of the United Methodist Church in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).  That passage reads, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father […]

A Tale of Two Dates

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What does Sunday, April 10th mean to you?  And for that matter … what does Sunday, May 1st mean to you?  Allow me to explain the tale of two dates. As you know from last month’s newsletter, beginning at 12 a.m. April 10 and continuing until 12 a.m. April 11, the Virginia Conference and all […]