An Open Letter to My Clergy Friends

Dear Clergy friends, We need you to lead. Most of us good people in the pews know that leadership is a difficult task. Many of us...

President Obama and the Tale of Two American Pastors

Screen capture of a Facebook post by Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. By Patrick Scriven, Director of Communications, Young...

The Church of the Resurrection and the Eschatology of Despair

By Patrick Scriven, Director of Communications & Young People’s Ministries News of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection's $90 million plan to overhaul their...

Reconciling pastor dropped from Opening Worship for direct mention of LGBTQ community

Updated with an additional comment from #UMCGC Worship Director Rev. Laura Jaquith Barlett. Story By Patrick Scriven | Video by Rev. David Valera May 10, 2016...

Stop Preaching, Start Reaching!

By Patrick Scriven, Director of Communications & Young People's Ministries I can't remember the last time a sermon changed my mind. There, I’ve said it....

Some thoughts for Local Church Pastors needing to explain why The United Methodist Church...

By Patrick Scriven I appreciate that “United Methodist leaders” decided to wait until after the holidays to deliver the news of a proposal to allow...

Discerning the Real: The Art of Transitioning Pastoral Relationships in the Age of Social...

By Patrick Scriven | Director of Communications & Young People's Ministry the first few months at a new church are incredibly important for a pastor. First...

Is the #UMC brand broken?

By Patrick Scriven Regardless of how one identifies theologically, this last week was not a good one for the United Methodist brand. If you were conservative,...

Does God REALLY care who wins the Superbowl?

By Patrick Scriven | Director of Communications & Young People's Ministry “Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the...

The ‘Hymn for the 81%’ and the problem of a weaponized faith

A new hymn has been circulating online over the past few days that has resonated with people both inside and outside the Church. Patrick Scriven considers why this song has resonated with many, particularly those frustrated with a partisan Christianity aligned against its social teachings.

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