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September 20, 2016
Resigning from a thriving megachurch was emotional and difficult for a minister on the staff. But once she realized that staying in a comfortable place was not the best use of her gifts, she knew it was time to go. I sat in the pulpit on a recent Sunday, listening to our extraordinary choir singing […]read moreabout How do you know when it’s time to leave?
April 5, 2016
Westbury UMC’s apartment ministry has helped resettled refugees — and the congregation — find new life in Houston
The church is located in one of the most multicultural cities in America, yet the congregation was not as engaged with its diverse neighbors as it could have been. That changed when they hired an associate pastor to live in intentional community in apartments three miles and a whole world away.read moreabout Westbury UMC’s apartment ministry has helped resettled refugees — and the congregation — find new life in Houston
April 5, 2016
Not every congregation can do ministry with refugees. But every church can show up in their community and see where God is already working. When people find out about the work I do with the refugee community in the neighborhood surrounding my church, I’m often asked, “Can any church do this?” My answer? Absolutely. Will […]read moreabout Can any church do this?