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God’s people wear big ears

Man with ears open

The Rev. John Hice, superintendent of The East Winds District, recalls words of wisdom from Bishop Ivan Abrahams, spoken in 2007. “I hope that the churches will have big ears.” Listening is still important today.

Multi-ethnic dialogue: listen first

multi-ethnic church holds baptism in Ohio

Multi-ethnic communication begins by actively listening to the different voices and experiences in your church and community.

Travel a new road with coach training

Training on the road to change

Step up your effectiveness as a leader and help others do the same. Basic Coach Training is your road to fresh insights and new action.

Facing into the future with courage

Manchester members took courage to share

Arriving in Manchester two years ago, Pastor Dillon Burns didn’t want “to shake the boat.” Now he and the congregation are finding the courage to engage in healthy conversations.

Bishops make key decisions

Two women bishops renewing baptism

The Council of Bishops has concluded its meeting and is offering both a pastoral word and prophetic questions about decisions of the 2019 General Conference.

Bishop announces GC 2019 listening sessions

Bishops praying at Gener alConference 2019

Bishop David Bard has announced four more opportunities for dialogue with him on actions taken at the 2019 General Conference.

Bishop gathers clergy in Midland

Bishop Bard with Michigan clergy

  Clergy from across The Michigan Conference filled the sanctuary of Midland First UMC last Saturday. It was a time of worship, witness and listening. 

Their silence fills the earth

Woman alone on a bridge

Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough asserts  that followers of Jesus cannot remain silent about the sin of sexual abuse and assault. 

How to hear a sermon

A retired pastor, writes about how to be active listeners and get the most impact from a sermon.

10 tips for great preaching

What separates good preachers from great preachers? Rev. Charley Reeb says perspective and preparation.