Parkwood, located in Gastonia, NC, also is focused on missions and church planting, which can be seen in part by its giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.
So you’ve been working at the church for a few years and doing a great job. Then you
Often, church leaders are unsure of how to handle sensitive
“What is God’s vision for The United Methodist Church?” That question was among several fielded by a panel of three bishops, a young adult leader and agency head at the Leadership Summit on April 6. There was a notable pause after the question as the leaders considered how best to respond on behalf of the Almighty.
As consumers in the United States shift increasingly to online banking and bill payment, their electronic financial habits are spilling over into the church.
The April issue includes an interview with James D. Gailliard, senior pastor, Word Tabernacle Church, Rocky Mount, NC. Also the issue includes a feature about the food service ministry at 15,000-member First Baptist Orlando, as well as, features about the impact of 2010 tax laws on churches and how New Life Church has recovered from a violent shooting in 2007.
For James Gailliard church in his youth meant “no air conditioning, wood pews
December 9, 2007 a gunman entered New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO, and killed two people in a shooting spree.Five months prior pastor Brady Boyd says he was enjoying a simple life in Dallas, TX where he was on staff at Gateway Church, “relishing the warmth of summertime,” he says in his new book, Fear No Evil: A Test of Faith, A Courageous Church, and an Unfailing God (Zondervan, 2011). He was the new senior pastor, taking over in the pastorate of Ted Haggard. He speaks unguardedly about the tragedy of that Sunday, but also of the following Wednesday when the congregation would grieve and try to find meaning in the senseless act. Calling it “Bloody Sunday,” Boyd also writes in his book: “Sunday wouldn’t define us, though, because three days later Wednesday arrived. And although I didn’t know it at the time, Wednesday would be our church’s opportunity to say to ourselves, our God, and anyone else who happened to be listening that we refused to be defined by tragedy and that hope was still ours to claim.”
Church and food have a way of going together that hasn’t diminished in more than 2,000 years. Most larger and megachurches have food services that are seen as a part of ministry and outreach, staff have been hired to give professional supervision to food preparation and events in the life of the congregation where food is an indispensable part of fellowship, and for many churches the function breaks even or it might even be a small profit center. “Jesus himself ministered at the wedding celebration, on the shores of Galilee where he and 12 volunteers and one boy fed several thousand on at least a couple of occasions,” says Marcus White, director of food service ministry at First Baptist Orlando. “He witnessed around a table with sinners and with friends and family. Not the least of which was in the upper room for the Lord’s final supper.”