Congregational Development

Pushing On, Taking Risks to Transform Lives

David A. Gilmore

April 18, 2018

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” —Galatians 6:9–10 The Message I AM TIRED! Any “leader” in our church, who is engaged in the life of our church, might be tired, also. Coming out of Holy Week, this is time when many of us need to catch our ...

The View from My Window: Focusing Our Performance on Fruitfulness

David A. Gilmore

October 18, 2017

“. . . Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” —2 Chronicles 1:10 I, like many of you, enjoy reading. I enjoy reading all kinds of books; however, lately I have found myself being drawn more and more to books that challenge some of my conventional ideas concerning “leadership.” The book I am currently reading is “Owl Sight: Evidence-Based Discernment and the Promise of Organizational ...

The View from My Window: Finding Ways to Curb Spiritual Tiredness

David A. Gilmore

August 15, 2017

“But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.” (Luke 5:15–16) As I’ve traveled around our wonderful conference visiting with wonderful clergy and laity, one constant I’ve encountered seems to be a spiritual “tiredness.” Many of our churches have been working so hard for so long we have become “tired” of the work, or “tired” of doing the work in the places ...

The View from My Window: Looking for ‘Peace’ Amid the Pieces

David A. Gilmore

July 18, 2017

“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”  (Isaiah 26:3–4) I’ve been reflecting quite a bit lately around how the “piecemeal” fits into my “peace.” I mean, with all of the “piecemeal-ing” occurring around us, where do we find “peace?” In a perfect world there would be no sickness . . . or death. In a perfect world every one would be living harmoniously with every one else. In a...

The View from My Window: High Hopes for Living Out Our Witness

David A. Gilmore

May 15, 2017

“So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24) Approaching my one-year anniversary in our conference, I pause to reflect on how a perceived reality may or may not be an actual reality. Prior to my arrival into the New York Conference, I was cautioned to not get my hopes up too high, because the “Christians in the northeast are different from other parts of the U.S.” Someone even offered the humorous insight, “David, you’re...

The View from My Window: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?

David A. Gilmore

March 15, 2017

During this season of Lent will we try or are we too tired? • Will we try to live right and holy, or are we too tired? • Will we try to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself, or are we too tired? • Will we try to move beyond personal wants and minister to community needs, or are we too tired? • Will we try to look past the past. . . giving thanks for the right now no matter how “rocky” right now might be, or are we too tired? • Will we try ...

The View from My Window: Finding Ways To Connect People to Purpose

David A. Gilmore

January 20, 2017

These last few months have been a whirlwind of activity for me as I have been blessed to travel into every district visiting and (prayerfully) assisting churches. One of the most common themes I’m encountering is the concern over declining membership in our churches. What is surprising is the opinion held by some that the people “out there” (that is, those of us “out there”) have no need and/or time for those of us “in here.”  So, what are we doing to make our churches relevant to the people ...

The View from My Window: Working Hard at “Serving Effortlessly”

David A. Gilmore

October 20, 2016

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7 “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8 Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later ...