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Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Leadership that is Christian Henri Nouwen challenges us to remember that all leadership that is Christian must be grounded in the greater reality of God’s love. Nouwen provides important ballast to Wesleyan ministry leaders since, according to the latest research...
Border Stories: What about “those” people

Border Stories: What about “those” people

I am not a newcomer to the discussion of immigration in the United States. Since 2006, I have spoken in many places, including congressional hearings and press conferences. I have met with multiple senators and Congress people, and even President Obama in the Oval...
Why community is important

Why community is important

I received bad news that day. The minute I got it, my thoughts started swirling. Everything seemed like it was in question: my future, my identity, my security. I knew I needed to talk to someone, so I made a phone call, sent a couple of texts, met up with those...
Generously selfish

Generously selfish

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I have realized that I can be generously selfish. In other words, I am generous with doing what I want to do and not doing what I don’t want to do. I would rather read than vacuum. I would rather play soccer with my son than wash...
Two hammers: the problem with comparisons

Two hammers: the problem with comparisons

I have a sledgehammer in my shed, and I also have a small finishing hammer. They are both equally important to me. If I had to choose between the two, I suppose I’d pick the little guy. He’s been a real help to me over the years — but I’d rather not...
¡Santa Matemática!

¡Santa Matemática!

English Matemáticas fue mi materia favorita en la escuela secundaria. Recuerdo lo ansioso que estaba porque llegara la hora de esa clase y correr a la pizarra cada vez que el profesor preguntaba quién sabía la respuesta a una ecuación. No me gustaba mucho historia y...
Evangelism and Discipleship Webinar

Evangelism and Discipleship Webinar

Evangelism & Discipleship Webinar What’s the connection between evangelism and discipleship? Join the discussion at our upcoming webinar, Evangelism & Discipleship, Thursday, April 18 at noon EST. Our featured guest will be Chris Conrad, District...
Death and dying

Death and dying

Death and dying have been my point of contemplation lately, which makes sense since it was this week about 2,000 years ago that Jesus began his journey to the cross. There he would die to provide a way for renewed friendship with God. This was on my mind when my son,...
Thrive In 5:  Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

Thrive In 5: Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

            Peacefulness through Prayer May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34 This Lent I (Dr. Toddy Holeman) committed to engage in 20 minutes of centering prayer every day until Easter. Centering...
Church on the Fringes

Church on the Fringes

IWU alumnus spotlight: Josh Grimmer If you meet pastor Josh Grimmer on the streets of Portland, he won’t invite you to his church. He’ll likely invite you to play spike ball or to join a board game club. On an average day, you’ll find Grimmer baby-sitting for other...
Sunday best

Sunday best

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I grew up in a church where we put on our Sunday best. Pristine shoes click-clacked up a concrete walkway lined with azalea bushes. Casseroles were carried, friendly glances exchanged and everyone had an assigned seat. My assigned seat...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Thrive Financial Initiative

Thrive in 5: Financial- Thrive Financial Initiative

Thrive Financial Initiative The Wesleyan Church was blessed with a second million-dollar grant from the Lilly Endowment. The program, offered through Education & Clergy Development, is called the Thrive Financial Initiative (TFI) and is designed to help pastors...
Chaplain Spotlight: Judy Adams

Chaplain Spotlight: Judy Adams

“Church in prison is my favorite church anywhere,” said Judy Adams, a correctional institutional chaplain in Canada. Adams was a teacher at the institution for 13 years and has served as its chaplain for the past four years. Adams’ draw toward organizing and taking...
On holiness & “hot takes”

On holiness & “hot takes”

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “Exorbitantly excessive.” That’s the line that caught my eye as I reviewed a recent bit of feedback from my academic editor. The words pertained to one of my bad habits as a writer (apparently, I have a couple): my too-frequent use of...
Reflections from a Wesleyan pastor in Christchurch, New Zealand

Reflections from a Wesleyan pastor in Christchurch, New Zealand

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  So many thoughts and emotions have flooded my mind and heart since the March 15 attacks. It is difficult to put such things into words, but try I will. Not because every thought or feeling needs to be given voice, but because some do....
What is your spiritual love language?

What is your spiritual love language?

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I recently asked my students, “What do good Christians do? What behaviors should be expected of them? What practices are prioritized in their lives?” They wrote their answers on the board: go to church, tithe, read the Bible, pray....
Co-pastoring: top 5 questions and insights

Co-pastoring: top 5 questions and insights

A couple of months ago, I was in Nashville, Tennessee, learning more about best practices for making disciples. In an off-handed comment, one of the pastors noted, “I wonder if there was something intentional about Jesus sending the disciples out two by two instead of...
An uncommon grace at a common place

An uncommon grace at a common place

Forty-eight hours following Jesus’ death, Luke draws out an incident involving Jesus that the other gospel writers do not mention (Luke 24:13-35). On the afternoon of the day of his resurrection, Jesus surreptitiously joins two people walking back to the Podunk...
Shifting worship in the West

Shifting worship in the West

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The missional frontier has shifted, and we are the new missionaries. The church no longer holds the position as the chaplain of society in our late modern or postmodern world. We no longer live in a culture that is looking for...
Preaching for Discipleship Webinar

Preaching for Discipleship Webinar

Preaching for Discipleship CMAD and the Discipleship Collaborative are excited to present their next webinar, "Preaching for Discipleship."Learn more about leveraging the preaching moment with special guest Dr. Dave Ward, Associate Professor of Homiletics...
Thrive In 5:  Relational- Cultivating Friendships

Thrive In 5: Relational- Cultivating Friendships

  Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others as well as with God. Too much isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, and sense of abandonment. Our perceptions can become distorted. A healthy pastor will...
Thrive In 5:  Relational- Empathizing with others

Thrive In 5: Relational- Empathizing with others

  Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others. As pastors who love, it is essential that we empathize with others: to feel what others feel. People must sense that we understand them. People will know that we...