Mission: Global in Grace Upon Grace

The United Methodist Professors of Mission have commissioned a blog about the global nature of the United Methodist Church. At present, we are providing entries regarding Grace Upon Grace, the UMC’s document on the mission of the Methodist Church which was adopted at the 1988 General Conference. My contribution…Read More »


The Toward Vitality Research Project

The Toward Vitality project, which started in 2011 and was completed in 2013, has been very influential in my work and the work of others in the field of church vitality. This project was sponsored and funded by The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), The General Commission on Religion and…Read More »


Your Best Move by Robert Kaylor

An intensely practical little book which will – inexpensively and quickly – help pastors navigate many of the common challenges of clergy transitions. When I say “little book,” I really mean that – the print edition is only 78 pages long, in a size that will fit in some larger…Read More »


A Good Place to Start

“The United Methodist Church is a denomination in crisis.” 
“Mainline denominations are outdated and irrelevant.” 
“Congregational Christianity is at its end, soon to be a thing of the past.”

Or, at least, so we have been told. In one way or another, each of the above statements is true. But, broadly…Read More »