Thursday, March 23

Order of the Flame

Not sure if anyone has heard of the Methodist Conference: Order of the Flame. That's where I will be all of next week - St. Simons Island, Georgia. So my blogging will be suspended for a week or so.

Holynext happens tomorrow and Saturday! We are gearing up for the first spiritual formation retreat in the Wesleyan Church ( that we are aware of! )


FORM is an acronym used to represent 4 different categories of small groups within the local church. The concept is that a church would attempt to be balanced in each of the following 4 areas:
F = Family; linking people by the unique characteristics of their family structure

O = Occupation; linking people around their occupational commonalities

R = Recreation; using recreational habits to link people with similar interests

M = Ministry; linking people either by the ministry they need or by the ministry they are involved in.

What do you think? Is this helpful? Would something like this work in your church? Are you overloaded in any one particular area?

Tuesday, March 21

Just Another Day on the Farm

Last week my brother in law Barry and his son Craig and I traveled 5 hours from Indianapolis to Moline, Illinois - the home of John Deere. For a farmer, or any tractor enthusiast, Moline is mecca. There were more tractors than people! If you know me, you know that I am not a farmer ;-) But I can usually recognize a tractor when I see one! We spent 5 hours touring the enormous facility where they combine their combines ( harvesters ). It was impressive for sure.

Here are a couple of shots from our field trip:

Friday, March 10

Throw Another Blog on the Fire

Here are a couple of sharp blogs from sharp people in sharp churches leading sharp ministries. May their tribe increase. Dean Brown Mark Wilson

Tuesday, March 7

The final installment from Fellowship's Home Teams

If you have been involved in Small Group Ministry for any length of time, you know what an animal it can be to try to stay on top of the assimilation ( does anyone have a better word? ) of people into group life and community.

To 'combat' this, the Home Team Ministry @ Fellowship has hired a former marine to be their full time Pastor of Small Group Assimilation. OK, must of us just rolled our eyes and said, "I can't afford that". You probably can't. But, you probably can recruit a volunteer to help out in this area. In my previous pastorate in Moncton I had a young retiree ( mid 50's ) who attacked assimilation.

The retired marine's job is to call every person that goes to a small group and get them connected. He get's people's information off of welcome cards they use at each small group or off of their website where small group leaders can go in and post the info of all who were at their group this week.

What are you doing to make sure that people who come to your church or to a small group are getting connected into the fellowship?