March 2012

Prodigal Video 5


Blame by Samuel Jackson

This is a powerful clip that addresses handgun crimes.  It challenges each person to take responsibility.  Stop the blame game.  If you want to change the conditions in your community you have to be a part of the solution.

I do not often comment about sports or sporting events but I couldn’t pass this up.

The Lenten devotions have truly been a blessing. During this season if realignment and renewal, this is an excellent resource.


Rev. Sarah A. Schlieckert has written two excellent articles on “How to be a Good Assistant Pastor.  Both of her articles have some real good material that I believe can be helpful to any associate or staff member in a congregation.

First of all, my entire approach to working with others is largely shaped by the family systems approach, which I think at base suggests it’s pretty silly to try to change other people. If you’re IN the system, you CAN change it. Perhaps not as quickly or even in the exact way you’d like to, but it is absolutely possible. And the way you do that is by changing the way YOU function. So I’m going to suggest some ways to do that.

The other day, one of our conference staff passed along this article about associate pastors “strengthening” senior pastors, and asked me and several other associates to comment. Seems that all of us found it lacking—as I pointed out in my reply to him, if you have a good relationship with your senior pastor, it was pointless, and if you actually need help building that relationship and understanding that role, the article doesn’t actually tell you HOW to go about doing it. He then asked if any of us had written an article—I’m not nearly important enough to have stuff published, but I, like so many others in the democratic chaos of the internet, have a blog, so I figured, why n


I am celebrating the efforts that this pastor is doing in this revitalization effort. Anything less would be just treading water.

I am truly grateful for the congregation of WWCC, . We got a running start to 2012. Since the end of October, we have:

* We have secured a resident minister.
* We have changed our name (no small task)
* We have had a benefit for hunger concert/dance with JJ Calicot and the Cross Tie Band
* We have constructed an awesome playground structure for all children called a Sky Fort (thanks to Robert, Marvin, Billy, Phil and Tom (construction supervisors) and others.
*We have taken out pews and moved the Communion Table in the midst of the congregation.
* We are hosting a New year’s Eve Party at the church.
* We had four people join our church.

Thank you and peace, Pastor MTC