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The potential and power of our FX Academy Immersion
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By Carm Evans Recently I returned to Ocala, Florida, to observe and learn from the Rev. Michael Beck, leader of our denominational Fresh Expressions movement. We visited Compassion UMC, pastored by Jill Beck, and St Mark’s UMC, where Jill and Michael are co-pastors. We witnessed and...

Archie endorsed by Pen-Del delegation
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By Melissa Lauber  In today’s world, prophets of joy are rare. But in the Rev. Joseph Archie’s life, the truths spoken by Old Testament and modern prophets combine with God’s call to transcendent joy in ways that define his faith and have led him to offer himself as a...

The Church Building as Ministry
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By Rev. Curtis Ehrgott A football team has eleven players, but having a home-field advantage is like having a twelfth man. The stadium gives support to the home team and loudly shouts at critical moments to throw off the opponents. In ministry, we tend to our community by supporting the...

Huntingtown UMC "dills" with 24-hours of pickleball
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With their first-ever Pickleball marathon, Huntingtown UMC put the “fun” in the fundraiser. In the 24-hours of uninterrupted Pickleball play, the congregation raised $5,278.33 for missions, reported Marijo Cosmas-Monnett, the church’s Mission Chair. The money will be split...

For Emory Beacon of Light ministries, the Light is Housing
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The Rev. LaTaska Nelson felt like she was receiving a call from God one morning after her daily devotional in 2022. But the voice on the other end of the line wasn’t the Lord’s. It was the Rev. Joseph Daniels.  Both ministers unknowingly had been praying for the same goal...

Haskins shares expertise on trauma-informed leadership
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By Melissa Lauber Dr. Deborah Haskins understands broken hearts. Hers has been shattered. But out of her heartbreak, she helps people – and the church — to heal.  Haskins, who will be Bishop LaTrelle Easterling’s featured guest at the March 7 Next Level Speaker Series...

Cooperative Parish Summit ignites new spirit of ministry
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By Melissa LauberIn January, more than 150 people gathered for a day of inspiration and ignition. “We want to set the world on fire,” said the Rev. Wanda Duckett, superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District. Their spark of choice? The cooperative parish. Cooperative...