The Wesleyan Connexion

The Wesleyan Connexion

The Wesleyan Connexion is about the people, churches, ministries and issues of the Holston Annual Conference.

Episodes

February 21, 2018 19 min
I talk with Laura McClean about Resurrection 2018 and the upcoming Discovery event for those feeling a call to ministry.
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In this episode I talk about numbers. Specifically I talk about the importance of using numbers to forecast where we want our church to be in the future. I also talk about numbers in relation to worship attendance and suggest that we must begin looking at worship attendance in a new way.
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In this podcast, I talk about the difficulty in producing a weekly podcast and set out an alternate publication schedule for the next couple of months. I also take time to read the Christmas story as found in Luke 2.
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With Christmas quickly approaching, I thought that I would share some of my thoughts on the Christmas Eve Service. I offer some ideas that you might find helpful.
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November 29, 2017 9 min
Today's podcast are some thoughts on how you can help your community by looking for the needs that already exist around your church and teaming together with other churches and community organizations to make a difference in the lives of those persons in your community that might need loving support and help.
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November 17, 2017 12 min
Sorry for the delay in getting a podcast up this week. I have been thinking about what I wanted to say and also doing the things a minister has to do. I created a podcast earlier in the week, but decided that I needed to pray more about releasing it. So I came into the office on Friday morning and now offer you my commentary on the 3 models for the future of our church that were presented to the Council of Bishops at their recent m...
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In today's podcast, I talk with the Rev. Rick Wright. He serves as a General Evangelist of the church. Listen to our conversation and learn something about this avenue of service within our denomination.
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Do you ever wonder how a man or woman becomes a minister in the United Methodist Church? Join with me in this episode as I outline the process. This will not be a detailed attempt to explain the process, but rather something to make you think about how the process works. It is especially designed with the laity in mind. I don't think most laity understand the process that is in place to put a pastor in the pulpit each Sunday. T...
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I think that you can see by my title that this is going to be an in depth expose' of Pulitzer Prize winning proportions. If you believe that then you don't know me very well. How about a romp through the mind of a preacher that had some time on his hands and wondered what to do a podcast about. That would be more like it. I hope you enjoy.
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October 18, 2017 10 min
This is one of those Pastor to Pastor kind of episodes. I talk with Reed Shell about the future of the church, ministry in the church, and looking forward to retirement. Its all about the church and ministry in this episode. Hope you enjoy our conversation.
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Today's podcast is an interview conducted at the 2017 Holston Annual Conference with the Rev. Steve Martin. Steve is in an extension ministry and currently serves in a position at the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C. I think this interview will give you some insight into the NCC and the ministries that it provides on behalf of all churches.
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October 4, 2017 14 min
In this podcast I talk about what it means to be a Christian from a Wesleyan perspective.
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This is an interview recorded this past June at Annual Conference. In the interview I talk with Fred and Libby Dearing and Heather Hayes about their ministry as missionaries to South Sudan.
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September 20, 2017 19 min
This week I talk with Rev. Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. The Conference Stewardship Team invited him to come and deliver a series of Keynote lectures on the topic of stewardship, generosity, and giving. This is an interview with him following the Saturday September 9th presentation at Concord UMC in Knoxville.
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In this podcast I take a moment to sit down with Rev. Jackie McGowan. She is the Director of Lay Servant Ministries in the Big Stone Gap District. In this interview I get her to share what Lay Servant Ministries are all about. If you have ever wondered that yourself, then I encourage you to listen.
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September 6, 2017 11 min
I offer this podcast as a public service announcement to the ministers of the Annual Conference. It concerns a scam going through the internet. You receive an email asking you to speak at a conference over seas. Everything will be paid for...except certain fees necessary to allow you to speak in that country. DO NOT fall for it. Listen to my rant and rave to find out why.
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August 30, 2017 7 min
This is the original interview that Bishop Graves granted me at Annual Conference this year. I thought that I had lost it due to a technical mistake on my part. I found it as I was producing another podcast. I hope you enjoy the "Lost Episode" -- my interview with Bishop Graves.
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I think that it is very important that as a pastor we are sure that the person who is in the Pulpit when we are not there is the right person. This is my rant and rave on that topic based on something that happened at my church this past Sunday morning. I will have the interview with Bishop Graves up next Wednesday. Health problems kept me from getting it up this morning as I promised last week.
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August 16, 2017 9 min
I continue this week with an interview made with Jack Ewing, Executive Director of Lake Junaluska, while I was at Annual Conference this year. Listen as I talk to Jack about Lake Junaluska and its ministries.
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August 9, 2017 14 min
I try not to make this podcast about me. My goal is to share about the people, churches, events, and ministries of the Holston Annual Conference. This episode is about me and my participation in one of the events sponsored by our Annual Conference. From July 30th to August 4th, our conference sponsored an Upper Room 5 Day Academy for Spiritual Formation at Emory and Henry College on the topic of Celtic Spirituality. This podcast is...
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