A Modest Proposal: The Minimum Standards in the Texas Conference

My friend Jeremy Smith, whose blog Hacking Christianity I’ve followed for years, posted yesterday about my conference’s Proposed Minimum Standards for Entering Candidates. As I have a little bit of knowledge about this, I thought I would offer some clarifications and challenges to what he has written. If you are new to my blog, welcome! … Continue reading

In Company

On the wall of my study hangs a poster-sized picture of my confirmation class. It’s a game for my church members to come in & try to find sixth-grade-Josh. Not a hard game, actually. I keep it even though I can’t remember everyone’s name—it was a big class, and not everyone was a regular at … Continue reading

On the Security of Appointment, the Judicial Council, & Being Clergy

I’m a lifelong United Methodist, an elder in my 8th year of service, and the new chair of my Conference Board of Ordained Ministry’s Conference Relations Committee. I spent a few days last week with other bright, passionate, warm, and capable conference BOM leaders at a training sponsored by GBHEM in Dallas where not a … Continue reading

Israel Pilgrimage 2012

I’m in Israel! And I hope you’ll follow along with this trip. Read about it on Facebook, follow me @expatminister or check out real-time tweets from Christie & I by searching for #israhale on Twitter, and read daily reflections over at http://perritteumc.wordpress.com

10 Ideas for 2011’s Texas Annual Conference

I love going to Annual Conference; the changes which Texas has made to make it more accessible, more interesting, and more vibrant has really changed my attitude. And worship–wow. I’d put Melissa Burnham and DeAndre Johnson up against anyone in the country for their ability to lead an amazing group of people into new heights … Continue reading

Discipleship and Attending Worship

One of the things that Mike Gaffney said this morning has really stuck with me. When asked, “How many college students attend worship” at his collegiate church-based ministries, he would respond, “I don’t know and I don’t care. The much better question is, ‘How many students are connected in relational way to a member of … Continue reading

Courage: Hearn Lecture by Bishop Huie

I had the pleasure this evening of getting to hear Bishop Janice Riggle Huie speak at First UMC Beaumont as a part of the Hearn lecture series. It appears that she spoke this morning to the congregation on “Connection,” and this evening’s reflection on “Courage” focused on the story of Paul, Silas, and Jason in … Continue reading

Chess, Dysfunction, and Misfits

Pity the child who has ambition Knows what he wants to do Knows that he’ll never fit the system Others expect him to Chess is perhaps one of my favorite musicals. A product of the 1980s, with a libretto by award-winner Tim Rice & music from Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus (two members of ABBA), … Continue reading

Texas Conference Constitutional Amendment Balloting

Here are the numbers given this morning at Annual Conference for constitutional amendments # + –1 398 7042 373 7163 166 9324 148 9445 164 9276 309 7857 175 9308 852 2389 812 25610 150 90811 220 87612 162 93413 149 94214 173 91915 613 45116 168 93717 827 25818 176 92319 888 18720 160 … Continue reading

Memorials & Remembering

Each year, the first action of the Annual Conference as it is called to order, is to participate in a worship service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance…or, in common parlance, the memorial service. Until we shortened conference, it was always after lunch on Memorial Day; now, it’s the night before. As the rest of the society … Continue reading