December 7, 2013
December 7, 2013
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“An 11-Step Religious Guide To Sabotaging Your Life:
By Jim Palmer
1. Begin with the premise that there is something hopelessly and incurably wrong with you.
2. Believe that your humanity is an affront to God, and an obstacle to overcome and an evil to repress or eradicate.
3. Pin your hopes on the afterlife, and don’t get too attached to the here life.
4. Mistrust what you most deeply think and feel.
5. Give others the power and authority to determine what your beliefs, values, opinions, goals, desires and views are.
6. Fear, reject, condemn and close yourself off from anything that doesn’t fit with what you got in #5.
7. Focus on behavior modification, checklists, do’s and don’ts, appearances, obedience, and keeping the rules when it comes to living your life.
8. Make everything black and white.
9. Make sure everything and everyone in life is assigned a label or put into a box.
10. Label science and psychology as “secular,” “carnal,” or “worldly,” and stay away from it.
11. Consider talk of love, unity, harmony, peace, beauty and oneness as foolish or dangerous.”
- Jim Palmer
December 3, 2013
November 29, 2013
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I am thankful for
- My relationship with Jesus
- Michelle my wonderful wife
- Courtney my awesome daughter
- My mother being alive
- For the time I had with dad ( really miss you dad!)
- My sister Lois
- My brother Michael
- My brother Victor
- For all of my adopted brothers and sisters
- Nieces and Nephews
- For my cousins
- Being in my right mind
- The West Baltimore Leadership Team
- The Infinite Grace Leadership Team
- To the wonderful people that I serve in both churches
- The call to reach people who are far from God with the Grace of God
- Snow Flake (our pet hamster)
- The gift of music
- The call to preach and teach the Gospel
- Ole Mill Bakery Apple Betty
- Busken’s Bakery Schnecken
- School of Creative and Performing Arts of Cincinnati
- Walnut Hills High School
- University of Cincinnati
- Emory University
- Candler School of Theology
- Georgia State University
- Union Institute
- Wesley Theological Seminary
- Stone Mountain Motivational Choir
- McNair Motivational Choir
- The Fellowship Interdenominational Choir
- The Hanarobi Singers
- Psalm 100 of Concord Baptist
- Concord Baptist
- Ray of Hope Christian Church
- Light of the World Christian Church
- First Christian Church Decatur
- United Christian Church
- Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship
- Camp Christian
- Camp Manidokan
- West River Camp
- For the many mentors and coaches who have poured into my life
- Teresa Fry Brown
- Frank Brown
- Luther Smith
- Helen Smith
- Cynthia Hale
- Tom Benjamin Jr
- Clifford Bailey
- Oscar Gamby
- Charles Clency
- Maurice Nutt
- Fred Smith
- Troy Jones
- Allen Seals
- Gary Gunderson
- James Brewer Calvert
- TR Chattin
- Rodney Smothers
- To the other un-named but truly appreciated mentors and coaches
- Ohio State Football
- To all of the men and women who have allowed me the privilege to minister to them in hospitals, jails, bedsides, and preaching and teaching
- To all of the young people who allowed me to serve you through motivational talks, college preparation seminars, mentoring, big brothers and big sisters, training classes, on my two tours of coaching recreational league basketball
November 29, 2013
Picture yourself a single or divorced mother. You are more likely to be white than black. You and your children live in rural poverty, on an army base, or in what is now politely known as the “inner city”.
You work outside the home, in a full or part-time job (sometimes two). Since you have no more than a high school diploma, you are limited to minimum wage, blue and pink collar jobs.
October 20, 2013
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For immediate release August 1, 2013
Media contact: Donna Dodson 410.409.5378
HOLLAND JOINS INFINITE GRACE FELLOWSHIP LEADERSHIP TEAM
Minister Ardenia M. Holland has been appointed as Director for Outreach and Missions for Infinite Grace Fellowship by resident Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Minister Holland began her duties August 1. The church is located at 5130 Greenwich in Baltimore, on the city’s historic “40 West” corridor.
Minister Holland has served as an associate minister at First Mt. Olive Freewill Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she has been a member from birth, since August 2008. Over the course of her membership she served on various ministries and in most recent years served as assistant ministry leader for the Ministerial Alliance, assistant to the executive director for Ministries of Excellence which provides oversight for church ministries and was co-facilitator for Baby Dedication classes. In addition, she assisted with teaching in conjunction with prayer vigils and Bible Study. She lives by the philosophy that it is her responsibility to use her life experiences to empower others to realize their God-given purpose and has a passion for community outreach, organizing and advocacy, especially in the areas of public health.
Min. Holland is a native of Baltimorean, and a graduate of Western High School. She received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She is the Executive Officer of her own consulting ministry, All His Glory Enterprises, and has a wealth of public health, public administration and communications experience. Her work experience includes eight years with the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and serving as Executive Director for the Heart & Soul Foundation. In 2011 she coordinated the Heart & Soul Magazine Awards Weekend in Baltimore, MD, honoring 13 extraordinary women and men who advance healthy, wealthy, and wise lifestyles. She has worked in a consult capacity with the Baltimore Washington United Methodist Conference of the United Methodist Church and coordinated Metropolitan United Methodist Church’s Full & Fit Community Outreach event in 2012. One of her most memorable life moments is appearing as a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune in 1988.
Minister Holland is single and the mother of Aaron Holland and his wife Aerica. She is blessed to still have the presence of her mother, Flora Holland, in her life and has four siblings. Aware of God’s grace and mercy upon her life, she self-published her first book “Just Like Fire…God Said Testify” and believes God is capable of using our testimony to make us stronger as well as to spread the message of His saving, redeeming, and delivering power.
The Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church is comprised of 694 congregations with nearly 200,000 members. It is the home of Methodism in America, with the founding of the denomination at Lovely Lane Chapel in 1784.
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October 10, 2013
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There are many struggling churches in mainline denominations that aspire to Make disciples for Christ, Serve the Community and Impact the World. Often they struggle with limited finances, limited energy and few people. Efforts to reach more people and share the life changing message of Jesus Christ seem futile and the few ideas that do work seem to never provide the traction necessary to change the direction of the congregations decline. I believe that there is something to learn from relevant success stories of congregations that have already gone through the process of revitalizing and restoring their mission. The role of the transformative, revitalizing pastor is to help the congregation discover the best practices to achieving the long term mission and vision. . As a pastoral and leadership coach here are some suggestions to accelerate the learning curve:
- Find multiple examples of congregations with similar demographics and a similar ministry context that have coped with equivalent challenges successfully. Learn from their mistakes, experiences and successes
- Find congregations that model excellence in the ministry areas that you desire to grow in even if the resources are outside of your denomination in a congregation that has no ministry context similarities. Learn what the best practices are and let them become the standards that your strive for as you revision the ministry.
- Develop a step by step logic model of the reasons for the best practices and the success of the turnaround churches. Look for features that they share in common.
- Present these shared “success factors” as precepts, guidelines, and principles that can be implemented by all those who wish to achieve similar levels of success.
- Document your journey by video, journaling, pictures and recordings.
- Celebrate mini successes along the journey and review the ultimate goal and objectives often