“The Astronaut Farmer” and Creativity

Movie inspires viewers to keep dreaming! Last week, we watched The Astronaut Farmer. The movie made me think about dreams and creativity. A few years ago, I read John Maxwell’s Thinking for a Change, which includes a sad survey on the state of our creativity. The survey reveals that as we age, we become less … Read more


Yesterday I received my copy of the March/April 2007 issue of Interpreter Magazine (a publication of the United Methodist Church) in the mail. The cover story caught my attention: "Changing Communities, Changing Churches." There are some great stories about United Methodist churches that, faced with the challenge of changing communities, chose to make the changes … Read more

Leadership in a “Fishers of People” Context

Recently, Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, wrote an editorial for our conference publication called, “Keepers of the Aquarium or Fishers of People.” The article got my leadership juices flowing and I started thinking specifically about pastoral leadership in a “fishers of people” context. Pastoral Leadership In a “Fishers of People” ContextBy Randy Willis Tom Salsgiver recently … Read more

Scouting Report

Tonight was our “information sharing” meeting where our Exploratory Team (“scouts”) presented their report after months of prayer, discussion, and data gathering. Essentially, they are recommending that our three churches unite as one congregation. The presentation came together at the last minute (though we’ve been working on it for a while). Our scouts did an … Read more

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 107.1) I want to take a moment to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving holiday this week, especially since I did not have an opportunity to do that this morning in worship. I trust you will take time to … Read more