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

The Bishop's Blog

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

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

The Bishop's Blog

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

The Bishop's Blog

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 ...


Fresh Expressions of Church: The Missionary Holy Spirit Goes Ahead of Us

The Bishop's Blog

11/20/2015

Eleventh and last in a series on the Fresh Expressions Movement in the Florida Conference and in United Methodism, and particularly in relation to the “Nones," the “Dones” and “The Spiritual, but Not Religious."


Fresh Expressions, United Methodism and "Saving the Institution"

The Bishop's Blog

11/2/2015

Tenth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”


Discipleship as Spiritual Formation and Mentoring: The Heart of Fresh Expressions of Church

The Bishop's Blog

10/26/2015

Ninth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”


A Deeper Dive into Making Disciples: Sustaining Fresh Expressions of Church

The Bishop's Blog

10/20/2015

Eighth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”


The Mission Field that Surrounds Us: Digging into the Data

The Bishop's Blog

10/14/2015

Seventh in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”


Where We Actually Live and Gather: Networks and “Third Places”

The Bishop's Blog

10/6/2015

Sixth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” the “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”


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