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Continuity and Change: Florida Conference approaches 2025

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Ken Carter

3/23/2017

"The most effective leadership anchors change in the values, competencies and strategic orientations that should endure in the organization."  Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Martin Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership Without change, we are stuck in the status quo. Without continuity, we are disoriented, in chaos. Without change, we live in a stagnant pool of water. Without continuity, we are in permanent white water, without a paddle or a raft. Not Either/Or, but Both/And The ...


Subtraction: Lent and the art of learning to say no

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Ken Carter

3/8/2017

A sermon taken from Matthew 4. 1-11 and preached at Duke University Chapel on March 5, 2017, and Bethune-Cookman University Chapel on March 8, 2017, by Bishop Ken Carter. When I was in the eighth grade I was a sports fanatic. Not much has changed! As a kid I played the three sports that were common in South Georgia culture: Basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring, football in the fall.  We did not have year round sports. Year round sports are unnatural, but that is another story.  So, ...


A Brief Report to the people of the Florida Conference on the Work of the Commission on a Way Forward

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Ken Carter

3/3/2017

We concluded our second meeting yesterday, having met at the Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta. We are thirty-two people from four continents, and we reflect the global and theological tapestry that is the United Methodist Church. And within these men and women are a profound diversity of gifts (1 Corinthians 12). A few thoughts: We are grateful for the prayer and support of many of you! I hear this over and over again as I travel, preach and listen in the churches across our state. The work...


Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence

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Ken Carter

1/30/2017

The core of the teaching of Jesus Christ is the Beatitudes. At the heart of these words, which frame the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), is a reversal of the world’s values. To be a disciple of Jesus is not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12).


A Fractured Denomination

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Ken Carter

1/19/2017

In "The Fractured Republic," Yuval Levin writes: “The promise of this era, in cultural terms just as in economic terms, is the promise of diversity and choice. The danger of this era, in cultural just as is in economic terms, is the danger of polarization and division. And the work of maximizing the promise while minimizing the danger—of enabling more of our fellow citizens to live out their own American dreams without losing the essential unifying power of a commonly held American Dream—is a ...


Just Resolution as an Expression of Restorative Justice

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Ken Carter

10/18/2016

When a violation of the Book of Discipline occurs, related to overlapping marks of LGBTQ and Christian (United Methodist) community and identity, we might begin with a question: Who has been harmed?


Bishop Carter's 2016 Ordination Sermon: The Odor of the Sheep

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Ken Carter

6/28/2016

A sermon taken from John 21. 15-19 and preached by Bishop Ken Carter on June 18, 2016, upon the occasion of the licensing, commissioning and ordination of women and men for the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, at the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting in Orlando, Florida.


Thoughts about the 2016 General Conference

The Bishop's Blog Reporting from Portland

Ken Carter

5/5/2016

“So what do you think will happen at the General Conference?” I am often asked that question these days. Underneath the question there are a variety of unspoken emotions: fear, anxiety, sadness, anticipation, excitement. It is a question that is voiced this year, and perhaps this year there is more urgency, but it is one we have asked for years.


Unless you become like children: Preparing for General Conference

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Ken Carter

4/27/2016

The church does not belong to us. We lead, for a time. The church points to the kingdom of heaven, the reign of God. Unless we become like children, we will never enter it.


Appointment-Making in a Time of Mission: 2016

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Ken Carter

2/11/2016

“The Florida Conference Appointive Cabinet has met this week in Lakeland, Florida. The meetings have included prayer, discernment, silence, an Ash Wednesday service, assessment of the gifts of clergy and discussion of approximately seventy congregations (one-tenth of the whole) who are anticipating transitions.  We share these core values with you to let you know about how we do this work, and we request your continued prayers." --Bishop Ken Carter   As the appointive cabinet begins its work ...


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