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Is Humor an Organizational Value?

Is Humor an Organizational Value?

“Make it Fun” has been a practice of the 12Stone staff for many years. Humor and laughter have always been only a few steps down the hall or a few minutes away (even in our sermons). But I confess that I haven’t always been a fan of frivolity in the workplace....
Missional Churches: a ZIP Code Strategy

Missional Churches: a ZIP Code Strategy

I was in the sixth grade when the United States Postal System introduced ZIP codes. ZIP codes came into existence the same year John Kennedy, Jr., was assassinated, in 1963. The father of the ZIP code was a postal worker, Robert Moon, who originally came up with the...
Messengers of Grace

Messengers of Grace

We have a neighbor who is the strangest person I’ve ever met. He is intelligent and well-read, but physically very ill which leads to some very odd behaviors. The other neighbors want nothing to do with him. He is an outcast. To add fuel to the fire there were three...
La Vida en Color: Life in Color

La Vida en Color: Life in Color

(English translation below) Si nos ponemos a meditar en el privilegio que tenemos de poder mirar, y no solo el mirar sino que podemos ver las diferentes tonalidades de los colores es algo mágico y maravilloso. De igual manera es la vida del ser humano, la podemos...
​Transitions Call for Inner Strength

​Transitions Call for Inner Strength

There was a day when my husband and I came to an understanding that God was releasing us from local church ministry. In a turn of events, we moved to Budapest, Hungary, to serve with Global Partners in Europe. I remember being marked by this thought from a devotional...
​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

I didn’t grow up attending church regularly. I did attend a neighborhood church on Easter and Christmas if my parents took me. But it seemed like something you did for the holidays. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old and invited by a friend that church...
​The engine of discipleship

​The engine of discipleship

Jon Wiest, teaching pastor at Trinity Church in Fishers, Ind., shared this TED Talk at a recent Exponential (church planting) shoulder event of The Wesleyan Church. Around 200 Wesleyan district superintendents, pastors, and leaders were in attendance. My oldest...
​Perfection

​Perfection

I am a recovering perfectionist, paired with a lifelong struggle of laziness. So, we’ll call it “undisciplined perfectionism.” Basically, it means that if I am going to do something, I want to do it extremely well or not at all. And the fear of not...
​Off the beaten path

​Off the beaten path

I remember visiting a remote church in Zambia. The road to this church gave a whole new meaning to the term off the beaten path. The dirt was red and dry. The plains stretched out endlessly with massive trees that were all trunk and no leaves. We were there to attend...
​Newlywed pastor’s wife discovers “made new”

​Newlywed pastor’s wife discovers “made new”

I had been living as a pastor’s wife for two weeks when the The Wesleyan Church’s General Conference convened in Buffalo, N.Y., on June 4. My husband and I, Rev. Tim Jones, were married at the end of February. But it wasn’t until May that I sold my...