Church Planting and Revitalization Breakfast

Every year for the last nine years we have been holding a Church Planting and Revitalization Breakfast at the Virginia Annual Conference.  It is by far the best meal at Annual Conference.  I am excited about this year’s breakfast and we are working hard to line up some great speakers.  Here is the official announcement.


The Church Planting and Revitalization Breakfast will be held Saturday June 21st 7AM at First UMC of Fox Hill. The cost for the breakfast is $13.

The Church Planting and Revitalization Breakfast is an event held at Annual Conference and sponsored by the Church Development Team. The breakfast is held to celebrate the ministry of church planting and revitalization across the Virginia Conference. A series of speakers will give brief presentations about works they are currently engaged in through either planting or revitalizing churches. The breakfast is open to all clergy and laity and children are welcome. If you want to be inspired by how Christ is working in the Virginia Conference as we seek to begin and revitalize new faith communities then this breakfast is for you.

To register and make payment online please visit this link and click continue near the bottom of the page to complete your registration.

{New Article} Moving Toward Excellence

A church that wants to do its best for Jesus and reach persons not yet a part of the church and wishes to move toward vitality and fruitfulness must seek to create a culture of excellence in all facets of ministry.  Creating a culture of excellence is not the latest church growth gimmick or even an effort to be “better” than the church down the street.


This new article at ChurchIngenuity.Com explores why the church should bother with excellence, how creating a culture of excellence finds it basis in God’s excellent nature and contrasts two experiences- one with excellence and one with something less than excellent.

Read the article hereVisit the ChurchIngenuity.Com “Articles” page here.

5 Must Dos at Annual Conference {Event}

Soon the people your parents warned you about (Virginia United Methodists) will gather in Hampton for Annual Conference.  I will be there and look forward to seeing old friends.  I thought I would share 5 things you just have to do at Annual Conference.


1.  Connect with old friends.  No matter how grueling or difficult an Annual Conference might be it is always good to connect with old friends, some of whom you have not seen in a year or so.

2.  Go to one of the meals sponsored by a group or organization within the Annual Conference.  I am partial to the Church Development Team’s annual breakfast myself.  But you might go to the Men’s or Women’s breakfast, or Laity dinner, or your favorite educational institution’s lunch.

3.  Visit the Cokesbury display.  This is especially important this year as Cokesbury gets ready to close its brick and mortar stores.  This is also a great place to connect with friends.

4.  Attend the Ordination service.  When one realizes the prayer, spiritual wrestling, and time that has gone into the ordination process for these individuals one cannot help but to be inspired.

5.  Be there for the preaching.  There is always excellent preaching that challenges and engages listeners and faithfully proclaims the word.

What would make your top 5 lists of things to do at Annual Conference (sleep is not an appropriate answer!)?