I’m moving from one townhouse to another in the same neighborhood. It’s as much work as moving across the country! Things are changing all around us, and whenever we are going through a time of big change, is it possible to think that the small changes in life are often as difficult as the big ones?
I interviewed Valerie Ohle a few months ago. She had been given an impossible assignment: start a new church during a pandemic. An online church, based in a rural community. Oh, and did I mention that she’s bivocational? She’s a full-time paralegal as she’s working tirelessly to do, what many people would consider, the impossible….
Many of us are trying to figure out how to fit in a whole new set of demands into our routine. Trying to fit the priorities of both in-person and online worship together can be maddening.
Valerie Ohle is in an interesting situation, to say the least! She is the part-time pastor of a rural church that was closed right after she arrived. It’s now been designated as a “new church start” and it’s all online. You won’t want to miss this chat with a remarkable leader and passionate pastor in…
I’m not a big fan of doing difficult things. If I have to, I usually can, but I like to know how long I’ll have to do them.
While U.S. churches expend tremendous energy in today’s culture wars—the role of women, rights of LGBTQ persons, the place of immigrants, the primacy of health care—the churches’ own real estate may be eating them alive. My guest today is Rick Reinhard, whose career has included roles in city planning, government, and national church work. Rick…
Rev. Dr. Laurence Hesser is the pastor of a mid-sized United Methodist church in rural Tennessee. His own quest to understand his congregation’s needs led him to quickly learn how to make quality video, and has seen his online numbers surpass his in-person worship numbers as a result.