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REGISTER FOR "IGNITE YOUTH LEADERS DAY" AT: https://www.ignitenj.org Working in youth ministry is no easy task—it requires sacrifice, a continual outpouring of one’s self, continued prayer and study, and so much more. Rev. Aqueelah Ligonde, Transitional Pastor at Far Rockaway Presbyterian Church, joins Eric Drew and James Lee on the Uncovered Dish …
 
Although New Jersey is an extremely diverse state, segregation by race, ethnicity, and class in New Jersey’s public schools is among the worst in the United States. At the upcoming Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, legislation will go before the voting body asking whether we as United Methodists want to sign on a lawsuit, produced by The Coalit…
 
We live in a country where we've declared 'separation of church and state,' or separation of religion and politics. Yet we as United Methodists have a tool, the "Book of Discipline," which tells us how to be systematically as United Methodists, but also provides suggestions on how to act socio-politically. How are we as United Methodists to use thi…
 
WATCH PART 1 FIRST! I sat down with two fellow millennials-in-ministry, also podcast buffs, to break down the medium of podcasting. Part 1 will cover the basic question of 'what is podcasting,' and then start to dive into the question of 'how do you make a podcast?' Part 2 will finish up the HOW and go into 'why make a podcast?' So across the two e…
 
So you wanna do a podcast. I sat down with two fellow millennials-in-ministry, also podcast buffs, to break down the medium of podcasting. Part 1 will cover the basic question of 'what is podcasting,' and then start to dive into the question of 'how do you make a podcast?' Part 2 will finish up the HOW and go into 'why make a podcast?' So across th…
 
As a pastor, you're the de facto staff manager of the church. But with a staff comes the inevitability of having to fire someone. In a church, that is a really difficult situation. There is an emotional investment in churches that is absent in other sphere and ties into our spiritualities and theologies. So many churches ending up holding onto inef…
 
REGISTER TO "TAKE THE LEAD" AT: https://www.gnjumc.org/events/takethelead/What makes an urban church vital? For the last 10 years or so, Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis began turning the model of the urban church inside out. If you were to look for its food pantry, clothing ministry and after-school program - you won't find any - t…
 
Olu Brown planted Impact Church in 2007 with just 25 people. In one year they reached 1,000 weekly worshippers, and in seven years the church went multi-site. Today Impact Church is one of fastest growing United Methodist Churches in the United States with an average weekly attendance of 2,700 across two locations and another 2,000 online. Pastor O…
 
Get free baptism resources at: http://www.waterandroots.org/Baptism is one of the two sacraments United Methodists practice, and it is universally recognized as a sacrament in virtually every Christian denomination. As United Methodists, we primarily practice infant baptism: a family comes in and in front of the whole congregation promises to raise…
 
"A church without deacons is a church abridged.” The United Methodist Church has two ordained orders, Elders and Deacons. Elders serve the church through parish ministry, and Deacons bridge the gap between the church and its local community. As a separate order, Deacons have existed for over 20 years, but lay and clergy alike continually struggle t…
 
"A church without deacons is a church abridged.” The United Methodist Church has two ordained orders, Elders and Deacons. Elders serve the church through parish ministry, and Deacons bridge the gap between the church and its local community. As a separate order, Deacons have existed for over 20 years, but lay and clergy alike continually struggle t…
 
MEET MARK DEVRIES AT THE SENT CONFERENCE, NOV 11Register at: http://www.gnjumc.org/sentFrom his beginning as a part-time youth ministry consultant to now having worked with almost 800 congregations, Mark DeVries has realized one thing: slow and sustainable change leads to successful ministry. But what is ‘sustainable change’ and how can churches ac…
 
DONATE TO HURRICANE HARVEY FUND TODAY:https://awakenings.securegive.comDanielle Fanfair and Marlon Hall of Folklore Films uses filmmaking as a tool to tell powerful stories of Houstonians and Houston TX as a city. They will be leading a workshop in the upcoming SENT Conference on November 11, 2017, titled: "Excavate the Good News through the Power …
 
Christian Coon, the co-founding and lead pastor of Urban Village Church, comes on the Uncovered Dish to talk about how he and Trey Hall: dreamed of a church in Chicago that is both gospel-centered and LGBT-inclusive, used community organizing techniques to plant the church, and failed boldly throughout the whole process. Urban Village Church is now…
 
"In Search of the Techno-Sublime" a video about Eric Valosin's workwww.youtube.com/watch?v=eNprfurzs9Y"Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes your Faith" by Shane Hippsamzn.to/2ismagILAITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY REGISTRATION: www.gnjumc.org/events/laity-leadership-academy/Artist Eric Valosin talks about his work in the techno-sublime and how mixing o…
 
LAITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY REGISTRATION: www.gnjumc.org/events/laity-leadership-academy/Lay Servant Ministries:https://www.gnjumc.org/what-is-lay-servant-ministries/Feel like you're doing ministry all by yourself? Director of Leadership Development Juel Nelson comes on the podcast to share ideas and resources for fostering a spirit of lay leadership …
 
Watch the video podcast here:https://youtu.be/rsMrwiRtCuoSupport the Feed Truck today at:https://thefeedtruck.org/give/Apply for GBHEM Grants here:https://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships/grants/fellowshipsGNJUMC Grants will become available here:https://www.gnjumc.org/grants-for-ministry/Four Methodist ministries: Kingston UMC, Pr…
 
What is Instagram, and why does your church need to be on it? Editorial Manager of the The Relay Josh Kinney and Online & Digital Communications Manager of Greater New Jersey Brittney Reilly come on our very first video podcast to talk about this visual social media platform that is becoming more popular with younger audiences between 18 and 25. Wh…
 
Bishop John Schol of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey speaks in this episode about how a church and pastor can transition into a new ministry setting in the most healthy and effective way possible. For the last few weeks we held two Transition Workshops for churches that are in transition - that is, churches that are welcoming a ne…
 
Author, coach, and worship design guru Jason Moore comes on the Uncovered Dish Podcast to share how churches big and small can take worship to the next level that doesn’t only create a great Sunday service but a life-changing experience that spills into Monday and beyond. Jason is the author of 9 books and has designed worship alongside such leader…
 
Church mobile apps are popping up here and there, but many fail to do it really well. Senior Pastor Michael Smith and Director of Digital Ministry Corbin Payne of Clinton United Methodist Church share about the successful launch of their Clinton Church Mobile App, which is very functional and has become a regular part of church life at Clinton. Sin…
 
Through Mosaic Ministries, a co-hort program that appoints young seminary students to lead willing churches, Rev. Zach Wooten of First UMC of Mt. Holly got ten years of experience within two years and now feels ready to tackle the coming changes in the future of the church. From answering questions about Mosaic, talking about difficulties in servin…
 
Conservative Pastor Chuck Mitchell and Liberal Pastor Lyssette Perez sit down at a table to talk about how faithful Christ-followers are found in both liberal and conservative communities, how a pastor might lead a church when members of the congregation are comprised of both liberals and conservatives, and how all United Methodists across the poli…
 
Register TODAY for OUTBOUND, March 25: http://bit.ly/2ma3BiaBUY HIS BOOK "FLIPPING CHURCH": http://amzn.to/2maeCjvWe talk with Rev. Mike Baughman, the founding pastor and Community Curator for Union Coffee, an innovative new church start in Dallas, TX where his congregation is primarily made up of millennials and church refugees in their twenties. …
 
Mark Miller, renowned church musician and Professor of Church Music of Drew Theological School, joins the Uncovered Dish to talk about living with graceful controversies in the church. We talk about faith and life, and explore whether the United Methodist Church in particular can find a way towards unity amidst diversity regarding the questions of …
 
Since the executive order that indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, more than 800 places of worship nationwide - including more than 60 United Methodist Congregations - vowed to shelter and protect immigrants and refugees. One of these churches is Park United Me…
 
Every church should have youth ministry - even if youth are not sitting in your pews, argues Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean; professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. How has youth ministry changed in the 21st century? Are youth leaders or parents more influential in the faith formation of young people? Should youth lea…
 
Rev. Susan Beaumont, the keynote speaker for the upcoming Bishop's Clergy Convocation, gives us a preview of her talk - how churches are soulful institutions, and that when we tend the souls of the church, we become better equipped to tackle the difficult questions and crises it faces today. All this and more on the Uncovered Dish.Register TODAY at…
 
Rev. Rich Hendrickson talks about his 10 years resourcing 560 churches in Greater New Jersey on stewardship, and how the culture of giving in the church has changed in those years. Hear about visioning, narrative budgeting, and methods of giving beyond the offering plate such as electronically and online. All of this and more on this Uncovered Dish…
 
According to Alan Hirsch's "The Forgotten Ways," the mission field of choice for today is North America. We talk with Director of Missions of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey Nicole Caldwell-Gross about what "missions" look like in the 21st century. Turns out it's less safari-gear into the wilderness and more building relationships…
 
Today's episode explores the stories of two actual church planters: Rev. Mike Bill of Sharptown Church in Pilesgrove, NJ, a large-sized church that planted a now-thriving satellite campus five years ago; and Yoon Kim, worship pastor of Greenhouse Church in Fort Lee, NJ, a new church plant this summer in Fort Lee, NJ striving to reach unchurched mil…
 
What does it mean to make new disciples, and why is it so important? On today's podcast we talk with Trey Wince, the Director of New Disciples of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, and we ask him about evangelism in the 21st century and what the United Methodist Church if Greater New Jersey is doing to create 90 new faith communitie…
 
What is worship, and what makes worship great? We have two guests on this podcast: 1. Rev. Catherine Jordan-Latham talks about her lived-experience in the multicultural church and how churches can implement quality multicultural worship services.2. Eric Drew, Director of Worship for the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, talks about the…
 
If you find yourself constantly jumping from urgent situation to urgent situation, you'll never give appropriate focus to what is truly important. "Important" sounds like a lower priority when compared to "urgent," but it isn't. Developing a correct perspective of those two words can take your ministry from "stagnant" to building and maintaining mo…
 
Having a consistent presence in ministry is simply not enough! Faithfulness isn't limited to attendance, it's about how you've handled what you've been given. Once you're present, you need to offer your gifts and talents to your organization in a way that truly benefits the Kingdom. We don't only want you to be faithful, we want you to be "good" as…
 
Just because you're not the Senior Pastor doesn't mean that you can't add massive value to the organization. No matter what level of leadership capacity that you currently serve in, you can begin increasing your value right now! In this episode, we discuss the two things that you can do to immediately increase your value to your leader!…
 
As a leader, you will at some point have to fire or "remove" someone in leadership. A good question to ask is "Were they the problem, or was it me?" In this episode we discuss performance issues, hiring skills, severance packages, and whether or not YOU are the best option for occupying the dual role as Lead Pastor & CEO!…
 
Tension is not always a bad thing. Although it may appear to be negative it can actually produce very positive outcomes. People don't usually like tension and typically try to do everything possible to avoid or eliminate it. In this episode, we discuss the positive changes that accompany tension when it is skillfully engaged.…
 
Let's be honest...we all want more out of life! What do you do when it seems that you're not getting it? How do you handle it when you're placed in situations that cause discontent? It's difficult to be content with undesirable circumstances. How do you attain contentment while still contending for more? In this episode, we discuss what contentment…
 
Owning and Admitting your mistake is just the first part of the process of fully recovering from them. The real work continues in the adjustments that you make, as well as the application of them. In this episode we reveal how to successfully navigate the most integral part of your recovery process!
 
Ok, so you've made mistakes! You're not perfect! We all mess up. Let's work on facing it so that we can grow through it and move forward. You don't have to allow shame and guilt to keep you from being effective in your Kingdom service. In this episode we discuss two, of the four, steps in recovering from your mistakes!…
 
Your personality should never be a substitute for skill! You've dialogued and gathered information, affirmed your staff, added value to them, and assessed certain areas for improvement. Don't destroy it all with poor application! In this episode, we discuss how to use the first 4 keys to develop the 5th key of application that will move your organi…
 
"Remove the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the speck of sawdust from mine!!!" You can't properly measure what you don't correctly and honestly assess! In this episode, we discuss the importance of assessment as a key to improve as a leader. We'll talk about the hidden challenges of assessment, as well as when and how it should be u…
 
Are you just "taking" from your followers, or are you "adding" to them? True leadership is reflected by discipleship. Growth and advancement occurs when you deposit more than you withdraw. Don't "use" your followers! In this episode, we discuss how "adding" to the lives of others empower them to make contributions that benefit you in the process.…
 
"If you want affirmation as a leader, you must first provide affirmation to your followers." Affirmation boosts morale and improves performance of both leader and follower. Christian leaders must keep the language of affirmation at the forefront of their conversations. In this episode we discuss the role and impact that affirmation plays in leaders…
 
Shut up and let me talk!...I have something valuable to say also! One of the biggest challenges as a leader is learning how to develop meaningful dialogue with others. We often make the mistake of "talking At" people, instead of "talking with" them. Your followers have something valuable to contribute, so let them speak! Meaningful dialogue will po…
 
If you're slated to be the successor, there are many things that you should consider before taking over an organization. There are battles to be won and lost! God may have chosen you, but the people may reject you! How do you lead an organization through the "wilderness" as you strive to enter the promised land? In this episode, we will give you in…
 
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