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In Laity

By Mitch


On 06, Nov 2016 | In Laity | By Mitch


Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” Twain had a sarcastic side with a twist on the truth.

So, where do you get your information? Specifically, where do you get your information about church life? Are you uninformed, misinformed or overwhelmed? What do you read?

First, we read the scriptures. No other source can provide the benefits and blessings of God’s word. But, most Christians I know also have favorite authors and websites that keep them abreast of the latest church ideas and trends. Below are a few of my favorite web resources.


Ministry Matters ( is a good resource with free content. If you want access to premium material a paid subscription is required. With a free account you can create bins to hold your favorite articles and subscribe to various weekly feeds.


The Lewis Center for Church Leadership ( is another place to mine information about church leadership, ministry and reaching out to different demographics. Check out their “50 Ways” suggestions under the Resources tab.


To keep up with current events in the United Methodist Church, go to and click on the News & Media tab.


To stay connected to all the latest happenings in the Missouri Conference, check out the Stay Connected page here: You can subscribe to Net News, Mission Cast, Justice Ministries or Shared Prayers and other subscriptions from the Missouri Conference.

If you tweet, follow the Missouri Conference on Twitter,


Finally, one of my favorites is I Am Second ( The site offers several innovative videos on many hot button topics. The short videos are good for sermons, small group topics or just to start a conversation.

What is your favorite resource?

Blessings, Mitch


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  1. I like the Twain quote. Some of the “I am Second” videos won’t play for me.

  2. Another website I like is Biblegateway and for planning worship.


  3. Mitch

    Jeff, I also just noticed many of the I AM SECOND videos are not playing. I can’t explain it but I will send their webmaster a note to get their attention and hope they will fix it. Thanks, Mitch