One of the most common ministry needs that we saw was the need to complete a roof. Whether for a parsonage or a sanctuary, the congregation was able to put in the labor to make bricks, build the foundation and lay bricks to build the walls for the structure. This was able to be completed up to roof level in many locations. For the structure to be completed there was a need to purchase the trusses and roofing material and put it on all at once. Depending on the location and the size of the building the cost for a roof was US$5,000 to US$7,000.
Some of the churches had been waiting 15 years for a roof to be completed.
The availability of income, jobs, currency and many other factors contributed to the situation. When I returned to the United States, I was overwhelmed by the abundance of physical buildings and resources which are present in the denomination here.
Here is one example:
Sanctuary of Matendeudze United Methodist Church on Mutambara East Circuit
Where is your community in need of tangible resources? Where are tangible resources in abundance?
Last week I wrote about the Amazon Kindle and the UM Publishing House and the possibilities of offering the Book of Discipline, Resolutions, etc. in an electronic format that would be available via the Kindle.
I received an email from a staff member of the UMPH indicating that the Book of Discipline and the Book of Resolutions are now in the process of being readied for the Kindle. In addition, research is being done about the rights around the Book of Worship and making it available as well.
I think that it is a no brainer for the denomination to offer resources on the Amazon Kindle. Imagine these available electronically and portably:
The Book of Discipline
The Book of Resolutions
The Book of Worship
The Pocket Book of Worship
I found myself wishing for this last weekend when I was at the bedside of a dying congregant. I did not have my pocket book of worship, but did have my iPhone via the Kindle App. I wished that I could have had those resources at my finger tips.
In addition, Kindle‘s could be given to General Conference participants and updates could be received electronically and in a way that is searchable – no need to print volumes of paper.
I am in my third year serving as a pastor and have developed some resources that I have found to be useful in ministry and may be useful for you. You can find them on the Resources page. I have increasingly been using Google Documents as a tool for ministry. It keeps all my things in one searchable place that can be accessed in the same way in any location with internet access. This has been quite helpful during this season when I find myself at church, hospital (CPE) or home.
Feel free to check out and use the resources and make sure to send me an email if you find them useful. Enjoy!
I currently do not use any Bible software. I have been following the development of Logos Bible Software for Mac and wonder if I might want to purchase it in the future. I also wonder if there is a quality online resource that would serve a similar purpose. I have a sense that Bible software would be a useful tool to improve my teaching, preaching and study.
Have you used or do you use Bible software? In what ways have you found it to be helpful? Do you have any suggestions on a particular software or online resource?