Michael Beck

I was recently working with one of our districts in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church to set up a district fresh expressions team. I was sharing about how the fresh expressions movement, alongside existing congregations, helps Methodists to become “more vile” again. One of the folks on that team looked at me […]

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Michael Beck

Being sent out to pioneer is a “lambs in the midst of wolves” kind of endeavor (Luke 10:1-6). We must be called and gifted by the Spirit to do it, and we must always do it in community with others, but there are certain practices that can sustain us in this long, challenging, and slow […]

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Michael Beck

This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. This is a continuation of a series of reflections on sustaining health as a pioneer. Being innovators, who help people, churches, and systems, reach forward to grasp the rope of hope God has sent from the future is not easy […]

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Michael Beck

Port Orange, Florida—Can church happen and disciples be formed around a basketball hoop in a church parking lot? Todd and Brittany Leclair say yes! Basketballs, hoops, pizza, Christian Scriptures, prayer, and sweaty young people of all races make up this fresh expression tethered to First Port Orange United Methodist Church in Florida. Todd said, “Our […]

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Michael Beck

We had a scare one week at The Villages Charter Schools. The threat of a gunman put the schools on immediate lock down. Law enforcement swarmed the area, helicopters zipped by overhead, my wife, Jill Beck and I frantically texted our children, trying to find out if they were okay. While in this case, the […]

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Michael Beck

About our guest writer:  Reverend Walter Edwards was a United Methodist pastor for over 50 years.  He graduated from Asbury College, where he studied History, Greek, and Psychology.  He earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and served as the district superintendent of the North Central District in the Florida Conference of […]

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Michael Beck

My heart is broken over the violence and bloodshed in Charlottesville, not only for those injured and the lives lost, but for the systemic racism that was exposed and the divided nature of the Body of Christ. I am convicted as a spiritual leader in my community to do more. I question why it takes […]

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Michael Beck

Early in my ministry as the pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church, one of my “-isms” manifested in a death-dealing way. Caught up in a workaholic drive to grow the church, I neglected my wife, children and my relationship with Jesus (yes, it is possible to work for God and not walk with God). During […]

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Michael Beck

Pioneering is a tough job, but someone has to do it! This is a continuation of another post I wrote about physical health. This article will address another important factor in pioneering and frontline ministry, emotional health. Sustainability, healthy boundaries and intentional spiritual disciplines precede and undergird any conversation about keys to effective pioneering. My goal […]

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Michael Beck

This article demonstrates how the Florida UMC is embracing the Fresh Expressions approach. How would you empower your churches to embrace fresh expressions of Church? On April 8th, we are asking all the churches in our district to begin the first step of the fresh expressions process which looks this: Listening. Loving and Serving. Building Community. Exploring […]

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