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Harvey Weinstein and Middle District Churches

The Harvey Weinstein sex harassment scandals have been in the news, seemly, every day for more than a month. Just in case you’ve been living on another planet this past month and don’t know who Harvey Weinstein is, let me catch you up. Weinstein is the co-founder of Miramax Entertainment and is a famous American film producer who has won both Academy and Tony awards and was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. More than 50 women have come forward and accused him of numerous allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. The story has gone viral and he lost his job and kicked out of the Academy. Incidentally, the same thing happened this summer with Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, both of Fox news. So, what do sensational sex harassment stories have to do with Middle District? I want to encourage, no, I want to challenge our church leaders to discuss how they can develop safe, legal and sensitive methods that would encourage individuals who … [Read More...]

Beyond Typical Conferences and Non-Productive Programs

Some of us have attended enough church conferences that we don’t get excited about another one…no matter what the title is or what it promises to accomplish. Those are some of the exact things I kept in mind in planning the Reimagine Church Conference. The by-line for the conference is: “ Spiritual encouragement and next steps to reimagine God’s dream for YOUR church” The “Spiritual Encouragement” aspect of the conference is paramount!  That’s why each speaker on the main stage will NOT … [Read More...]

Eight Strategic Decisions

As you begin your church’s fall ministry and evangelism efforts, the article below will give you food for thought.  I can almost guarantee you there will be something in this article that will cause you to stop and think, and possibly change some aspects of your programs and evangelism ministries. I have followed the ministry of James Emory White for many years, going back before he started “Meck.”  He is articulate, insightful, and a very effective pastor and former seminary president.  … [Read More...]