Ep. 26 Out of the Mouths of Babes: A Conversation on Baptism

Baptism is one of the two sacraments United Methodists practice, and it is universally recognized as a sacrament in virtually every Christian denomination. As United Methodists, we primarily practice infant baptism: a family comes in and in front of the whole congregation promises to raise their child in the Christian faith. The congregation makes a similar pledge, to create an environment where that person can mature in their faith, where that person’s life is wrapped up in the life of the Church. But after the celebration of baptism stops, to often the actions of both the family and the congregations stop too. A lot about baptism is shrouded in mystery. What does it do, what does it symbolize, who should or shouldn’t get baptized, how do you do it well, and why does it matter? All this, on this Uncovered Dish.

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Ep. 25 A Church Abridged: What are Deacons? Pt 2

In this episode we continue our conversation with deacons Kathleen Stolz, Tom Lank, and Dr. Darryl Stephens in a never-been-done-before five-people roundtable on the Order of Deacons. Our guests share their experiences as ordained deacons in the United Methodist Church, explore the possibilities of this entrepreneurial and creative order of ministry, and dream of how deacons can help shape the future of the church and the world. 

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Ep. 24 A Church Abridged: What are Deacons? Pt 1

“A church without deacons is a church abridged.” The United Methodist Church has two ordained orders, Elders and Deacons. Elders serve the church through parish ministry, and Deacons bridge the gap between the church and its local community. As a separate order, Deacons have existed for over 20 years, but lay and clergy alike continually struggle to understand and utilize Deacons. Could your church better connect with its local context? Do you have a call to ministry but aren’t sure ordained Elder is for you? Join our conversation with deacons Kathleen Stolz, Tom Lank, and Dr. Darryl Stephens to hear just how relevant Deacons could be to you.

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