Arlington DS Notes

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Monthly thoughts from the Arlington District Superintendent

The Sky Is the Limit

by Kim Johnson

“The sky is the limit … as long as we are Biblically and theologically sound,” Bishop Lewis told the assembled crowd at our Arlington Chew ‘n Chat on Feb. 18th. On Feb. 28th, Arlington County approved Central United Methodist Church’s innovative proposal to replace their existing building with an 8 story structure containing a new […]

Draw the Circle

by Kim Johnson

Mark Batterson believes in the power of prayer. Prayer has fueled the astonishing growth of National Community Church (NCC) here in the DC area. NCC started two decades ago as a new church plant and now has eight locations, successfully reaching emerging generations. These are folks we Methodists yearn to reach. A group of us […]

Taking the Challenge

by Kim Johnson

When the Bishop challenged us to read the whole Bible this year, my first thought was “Oh, no! I’m the sort of person who reads the Bible slowly & for depth! A challenge like this will take me three hours a day. I don’t have THAT much time!” But then I began thinking about Dietrich […]

Singing the Lord’s Song

by Kim Johnson

Jeremiah 29: 1, 4-7, 10-14 I had an entirely different column planned.  But then came the election, and I set that column aside.  At the Floris UMC charge conference the day after the election, Tom Berlin told the crowd that he had seen one person going into their prayer chapel early Wed morning—joyous!  That person […]

Courageous Leadership

by Kim Johnson

This charge conference season I am blessed to travel to each of the fifty churches in the District, hearing how you are discerning God’s will for your congregation in this next season of your life together. I don’t know what has changed, but something is different about charge conferences this year. I have been inspired […]

Report of the Arlington District Superintendent

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  Over the past three years, we have clarified the goal of the District: to “come alongside” local churches and pastors and help them become more fruitful and more vital.  We identified five levers for doing this: Encouraging clergy peer learning/coaching groups; Implementing processes to help churches go from “good to great;” Planting new faith […]

Thy Will Be Done

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I can remember the very first time I really began to pray, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  I was a successful corporate executive, and had begun to be restless.  I thought the problem was the management of the company that acquired us a year earlier.  I thought the problem […]

Thy Will Be Done – A Lay Report from AC

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  Thank you for the opportunity to represent the laity of Culmore at this year’s Annual Conference.  Each time I go, I come away with new understandings of what is important for VA Methodists, what is God’s call for our lives, and what is it to be a connectional church. Like last year, the Annual […]

Signs of Hope

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Do you see signs of hope for the United Methodist Church? I have heard two reactions to General Conference (GC):  some thought that GC just “kicked the can down the road” on issues of human sexuality. But others found signs of hope. What about you? I myself did not attend GC, but I spoke with […]

May 2016

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“I must become lesser,” the pastor said, explaining why he felt called to a smaller church. “Wow,” I thought, “this is just like John the Baptist!” John the Baptist was really clear about who he was and what he was sent to do: …”I am not the Messiah but I have been sent ahead of […]