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tears of joy

Recent highlights:
  • I haven't killed my flowers yet! They're blooming and growing. I'm so proud.

  • I preached for the first time without my sermon completely written out on Sunday. The confidence to step away from the page and speak honestly was like nothing I've ever experienced. I was so overwhelmed as I drove home, that tears started flowing down my face. I cannot believe God would use me to help someone connect to God.

Personally, people who write their sermons out offer a great ministry to others. They can post their sermon text online so it can be used again and again. There is a person in prison who gets my dad's sermons every week because he writes them out. So for me, a combination works.

  • I'm finally really digging into all this footage I got back in April of young leaders. And I'm inspired all over again! It will be used in this presentation for GBHEM & BOM chairs in August. I'll put the final footage here too. So excited!!

  • We threw a baby shower for my sister & brother in law last Sunday. Lots of family & laughter. Jason loved his Star Wars diaper bag. :)

  • I turn 26 on Sunday! And my mom gets into town for a visit this Saturday. And they're letting me preach again this weekend. haha.

  • We are God's instruments to do this work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you - from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (1 Peter 2:9-10)


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Why Some Experienced Clergy (and Lay People) Have a Hard Time When Younger Clergy Take Renewal Leave

This is a guest post from my very own dad! He's a United Methodist pastor serving in Bend, Oregon. I enjoy chatting church leadership with my dad and it's fascinating to see how our generational differences bring different perspectives to our calling as pastor. We need each generation to walk with each other as we figure it out in this new world. We've been reflecting lately as I finished up a renewal leave and he prepares to retire this June. 
By David Beckett
I fall into the category of experienced clergy which is a polite way of saying I am old. I’ve been pastoring for nearly 40 years. When I was a young pastor my role models were mostly white males who presented an image of success that equated with dedication, overwork, and sacrifice. My first senior pastor talked about the 20 hr/wk he invested in sermon preparation. And he expected his staff to work beyond their stated hours. During those three years of full time seminary and a large youth group I put in up to 80 hr/…

Why pastors need collaboration, not competition

There's competition in every industry. Some get promoted over others. Some work incredibly hard but their gifts go unnoticed. Others do good work and people assume they're fine but underneath, they feel like they could never be honest about how hard life is in this season. People spend more energy figuring out how they measure up in a work culture instead of doing the actual work.

Competition itself implies there are two sides.

I remember field days at my elementary school in Alaska. The half-frozen spring ground was covered with clumps of dirty gray snow. Jackets were thrown on the ground as the fourth graders tried to beat the fifth graders at tug of war. Rope burns were shrugged off as sweat dripped down our young faces. We were determined to beat those fifth graders. Our pride was on the line.

Whether you're a fourth grader or an ad manager at a fancy marketing agency or a senator trying out for attorney general, competition runs deep in our DNA.

We want to be the bes…

Why I stay in the United Methodist Church

We can't ignore the numbers. The United Methodist Church is in decline. Many ask, "Why do you stay? Denominations are useless these days."

But I face that reality with overwhelming hope and excitement. I see the Holy Spirit weaving its way through our current & new leadership in ways I've only dreamed of. A couple years ago, I thought about leaving. But I decided to ask some hard questions about why we're in decline. And that journey to the heart of the United Methodist movement has lit a fire in me to see it renewed.

Why I Stay...

1. Our faith is active. We get our hands and hearts dirty in service & relationships.
2. Every United Methodist church is connected through a network of gatherings, prayer, service, money, agencies and leadership. I would never want to serve in building God's kingdom by myself.
3. I see God changing hearts and lives every. single. day.
4. I am fascinated by our founder who's only intention was to create a renewal movement ins…