Beyond Christmas

The pandemic caused by COVID-19, or coronavirus, has resulted in a great sense of loss this holiday season. Beloved gatherings have been cancelled or moved online, routine errands now involve a litany...

Leaving the Comfort Zone

Exploring a Call to Ministry Outside the Church   Living out an active faith has always been a part of ViaFaith McCullough’s life. The 22-year-old daughter of Revs. Nancy and Victor McCullough said ...

Monastics in the Heartland

For some, the term monasticism may bring up images of chanting monks or helpful nuns. For Rev. Matt Scraper, monasticism is an important part of his life and expression of faith.  Scraper, an elder in...

100 years of NSO

If your heart broke every time you went to work, what would keep you going every day? For Stacey Ninness, the answer is simple: seeing people’s lives change for the better. Ninness is the president ...

Online Giving

Start, improve & refine your online giving practices Before COVID-19 led to church closings in March 2020, only 33 percent of surveyed United Methodist churches in Oklahoma offered some form of ...

The Bare Minimum

Why Rev. Dylan Ward considers his response to a racist message on Instagram "the bare minimum." Rev. Dylan Ward thinks it’s ironic to think that people are asking him, a “29-year-old white guy,” about...

Connection in the midst of uncertainty

The Methodist understanding of connection began as a way for the denomination’s founder, John Wesley, to make sure every community of believers could be connected to the church as a whole. That ...

For the Worth of a Child

How two women worked to keep a ministry alive By Emily Robnett If there is one universal truth about small towns, it is this: word travels fast. For the Worth of a Child, a non-profit program that ...

Our Brother in Red

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference By Ginny Underwood Before missionaries set foot on the continent, indigenous peoples in North America had a clear understanding of the principles of ...

Say What? Decoding the jargon around General Conference

General Conference will take place May 5-15. The Advance Daily Christian Advocate lists the petitions that will be considered by delegates during legislative committees, which will turn into calendar ...

Oh Chrismon Tree


Ready at a Moment's Call

A Story of Lay Servant Ministries Maurice Hawthorne knows a thing or two about Methodist service. The retired physics and chemistry teacher was an active leader in his district council by his junior ...

Second-Look Books

Books that deserve a fresh look in 2020 "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction"by Eugene H. Peterson. Society too often looks for quick fixes and instant gratifications. Peterson’s book examines ...

The Academy for Innovative Ministry

What could ministry look like if money was no object? Nineteen United Methodist pastors across Oklahoma spent nine months considering the possibilities. From early childhood development to after ...

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