Spring 2015 Update
There are two long-running reality competition shows on CBS. “Survivor” chronicles the journey of castaways who compete to outwit, outplay, and ultimately outlast everyone else to become the sole survivor. “Amazing Race” chronicles teams facing obstacles and challenges in pursuit of a final destination. Throughout the season, participants are gradually eliminated. In one show, they are voted off by their peers and in the other they are eliminated because they were the “last ones to arrive.”
While ministry can be life-giving, it can also be life-draining. You’ve seen the research and heard the statistics about pastoral ministry. Not a pretty picture.
A 2012 study done by Duke University reminded readers that clergy’s practice of putting others first can be detrimental to their own health. While pastors have been found to have higher-than-average rates of chronic disease and depression, they often do not seek care because they typically default to caring for others first.
What’s in it for me?” That is often the first question we ask when we are deciding to go to an event. Frankly, that question also influences how the event is promoted and marketed. And, if I was being gut-honest, unchecked, that question can also shape the planning process and even become the driving force behind a “Spirit-led” conference.
Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ. My name is Jason Everson, ARM’s newly elected President of the Board of Directors. Allow me a few brief moments to introduce myself. I am married to Jocelyn, who oversees the Gate Kids ministry at the Aldersgate Conference, and we have two beautiful daughters, Liya (9) and Mary Elizabeth (5). I am an ordained elder appointed to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. Over the past six years I have led Good Samaritan through a restart process, and it has been amazing to see what God has done in the life of this church.
Over the 15 years I have served as a staff member, I have learned that the Spirit-fueled courage exercised in employing me at ARM was not an aberration. Courage is in ARM’s DNA.
Have you ever run into someone at an event and they asked you questions about Aldersgate Renewal Ministries? Here is a quick guide of answers to frequently asked questions!
The Methodist Church of Barbados invited ARM’s Director of Equipping Ministries, Rev. Dr. Frank Billman, to come there to speak about different aspects of our supernatural Methodist heritage. There are 20 Methodist churches in the island nation; the Methodist Church in Barbados is part of the larger, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas [MCCA], including several Caribbean islands, as well as some countries in Central America. Frank has also been invited by a Methodist District Superintendent in Trinidad (also part of the MCCA) to come there in September.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? What do you see in your reflection? If you are like me, I find myself becoming more critical about what I see as the years pass by. It is not only the physical imperfections, but also how I feel as I gaze at my reflection that affects how I see myself.
Giving is a joyful discipline in the life of a Christian’s life. Learning to release resources to invest in Kingdom purposes draws us into a closer relationship with the Lord as we take steps of faith. For most of us, the biggest gift we’ll ever make to the Lord’s work is through our will or trust when we go to heaven. This is our final opportunity to impact the world for Christ through our giving. So, as you write or update your will or trust, please prayerfully consider including Aldersgate Renewal Ministries as one of the organizations worthy of receiving part of your final act of generosity.