Being Thankful in all circumstances

One of the most valuable lessons I learned was from a lay person in a church I served in Mineola, Texas a few years ago. I learn invaluable lessons everywhere I serve but this particular lay person taught me something that transformed the way I look at the world, my circumstances and my life. He taught me the lesson that being thankful does not have to depend on my circumstances.

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Lean in to faith and be the church.

This morning the sun rose. The cat meowed at my door demanding love and fresh water. My five year old asked for cartoons and cuddles. All the things that mark a very normal morning in the Stephens household. It didn’t take long though for my conscious mind to remember that in many ways today is not normal and that we are all collectively living under a new normal. As much as I would like this not to be true it still is true. Now I and all of you could allow this new reality to drown us in a sea of anxiety and grief. We could allow fear…

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Recognizing God’s Presence in the Struggles

Like Jesus, our struggles can be opportunities for us to deepen our faith and relationship with God in ways that our successes cannot. In success, we tend to focus on ourselves and our accomplishments. In our failures and struggles we become poignantly aware of our frailty and limitations and we have the opportunity to shift the focus outside of ourselves to God.

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Meet the new Interim Pastor

MEET THE NEW INTERIM PASTOR:   DR. DARRELL COATS Allow me to begin by saying how excited I am to be here with you at Trinity.  This is my twelfth assignment as an interim minister.   The word interim means “an interval or period of time.”  Think of me as your temporary pastor who will be leading you through this time of transition from your former pastor, Dr. Juliette Spencer, until your new pastor arrives.  As the word “interim” implies, I will be serving for the brief interim of six months from January 1st  to June 30th.    We will work together to prepare for your new pastor who should arrive in July.  We have a lot of work…

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What is Interim Ministry and How Does It Work?

What is Interim Ministry and How Does It Work? People frequently ask me what is an interim minister and what do they do? Interim ministry is relatively new in the United Methodist Church and just started aa couple of decades ago.  In the past, in the United Methodist process of appointing pastors, often the successor arrived the very day the departing pastor moved out. Because there was no interval of time between pastors, no interim pastor was needed.  However, the General Conference of 1996 placed the term Interim Minister in the Book of Discipline. The Book of Discipline reads, Par. 338.3:  Interim appointments may be made to charges that…

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