Revitalization -Sarah Calvert

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What We’re Reading: April 2016

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown At first glance, this may not seem like a book that would help church leaders, but in fact, it is one of my favorite books for just that purpose in the last few years.  The premise is that we have so many options, so many things […]

Celebrating Discoveries!

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This month, we celebrate the amazing work and faith of the congregations of Graham Road and The Vine UMC’s (both a part of the Arlington District), who have helped answer God’s call with some ‘out of the box’ thinking! Last year, Graham Road UMC (in Falls Church) took advantage of a Bi-District program called “Discovering […]

Brave Pastors

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Brave Pastors They came from all across the Bi-District area, from Fairfax, from Loudoun, from Prince William to Alexandria; ten brave pastors willing to face impossible odds for the sake of improving worship and reaching new disciples for the transformation of the world.  Who exactly they are, and what exactly they did will remain a […]

A Resurrection Story

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A Resurrection Story: Two years ago, Arlington UMC, made the difficult decision to close their church. In the midst of these difficult decisions, small congregations that made up that congregation were sent to other locations. One of those was a mostly-West African native congregation led by Rev. Raymond Max-Jones. Rev. Jones had been a part […]

Wanted: 10 Brave Pastors

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10 Brave Pastors Who want to improve their worship leadership and preaching skills I am looking to work with 10 (or so) brave pastors who really want to preach better and/or lead worship better than they do today.  Bravery #1 – The first requirement is to videotape (cell phone, video camera – it doesn’t matter) […]

Sneak Preview: Charge Conference Season

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Wondering what Charge Conferences might look like this year? Here are some notes from DS Cathy Abbott on what to expect: The theme of this year’s annual conference is “From Members to Disciples.”  Members are people who over the years have joined our churches in order to become disciples of Jesus Christ. How we worship, […]

Being Read at the Bi-District Office

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Bishop Robert Schnase has recently released a new book “Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry.” He reminds us that the work of the church doesn’t come only from the clergy, the paid staff or the lay leadership, but from all God’s people. We are often set up, usually unintentionally, to either say “no” to […]

Leading Change…

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For some reason in my job, I find myself working with churches that need to or want to change! One of the best simple books I have read recently on the subject of change in congregations is Gil Rendle’s older (2007) book, Leading Change in the Congregation:Spiritual and Organizational Tools. Rendle’s book Journey in the […]

NOVAUMC: Howdy, Neighbors!

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Thanks to all of our churches who sent teams to recent training events hosted by the Bi-District – we are excited to help you discover ways to engage your neighbors and your community as you go about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! Below are some photos from recent events. […]