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Light & Life: November Issue


llm-nov14_covLearning to Lead

Leadership is a hot topic in corporate America. Popular business websites offer “Keys to Unlocking the Profitability in Thought Leadership” and “Leadership Lessons From an American Rowing Champion.”

These articles may contain valuable tips for Christian leaders (especially ones starting a church rowing team), but they may not reveal many of the principles taught by the person authors Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard describe as “the greatest leader in history” — Jesus Christ.

One of the Free Methodist bishops’ nine strategies ( is Develop Leaders: “We will raise up godly and competent leaders who support our vision and passionately make disciples. We will identify these leaders within our churches and provide opportunities for recruitment, internship and service.”

As we develop leaders, we should stay knowledgeable about the latest leadership research. At the same time, we want to make sure we follow Jesus’  example of servant leadership that might not be embraced in some corporate boardrooms.

This month’s LLM includes leadership experts who are using a Christ-centered approach to change the way churches think about leadership while ensuring that church leaders are fruitful in their efforts. Don’t miss what these godly and competent leaders have to say.


Downloadable PDF: LLM November 2014

Overreaction or Interaction?

By Jonathan McKee

“I don’t know why you spend any time looking at pop culture. All you need to know is in the Bible!”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that accusation. Just last week I blogged about the number one song teenagers are listening too and received criticism for even bringing it to attention.

Is pop culture something we even need to pay attention to?

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Divine Comedy: A Heroic Lefty and a Hefty King


llm-oct14_disc2Have you heard the one about the fat man, the southpaw and the toilet?

Everyone loves a good joke. Well, almost everyone. The people who don’t like jokes usually are the people who are the brunt of jokes — those whose identities are made into punch lines. And after the story is told, they are the ones who others are laughing at — not laughing with.

Have you felt like that? Have you ever felt like people spend more time laughing at you than with you? Have you thought if your story were made into a movie, it would be a comedy with audiences around the world laughing in unison to your mistakes, failures or shortcomings?

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Top Psychologist to Lead GC15 Group


Rob McKenna

When Free Methodists gather at General Conference 2015 in Orlando, one of the world’s most influential industrial-organizational psychologists will facilitate the discussion on leadership development.

The Human Resources MBA website recently named Rob McKenna, chair of Seattle Pacific University’s department of industrial-organizational psychologyand executive director of the university’s Center for Leadership Research and Development, as one of “The 30 Most Influential Industrial and Organizational Psychologists Alive Today.” McKenna founded Real Time Development Strategies and, an online leadership development portal used by the Free Methodist Church – USA and other groups. He will serve as the “Develop Leaders” strategy group facilitator for GC15, which will be held July 13–16.

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Sustainable Empowerment through Economic Development

SEED is something which will be highlighted in our Gallery this month. If you want to learn more about how your purchasing can benefit others, please visit

Open magazine with blank pagesIn a globalized world, almost every Christmas gift we give is connected somehow to people in faraway places. Clothes, electronics, toys — most of what we buy has been made or assembled by workers in another country. ICCM and SEED provide much more personal, beneficial global connections.

Choosing a College

If you are interested in learning more about what the Free Methodist Church offers for higher education, check out the latest issue of Light & Life Magazine and their Higher Education Guide.

Free Methodists to Offer Legal Services for Immigrants

et6vmiUwbLl3jm3E2YfEUS1uBzxfxF5OM_wkPs4KLAoThe Free Methodist Church – USA is joining 14 other evangelical denominations to form the Immigration Alliance —a national effort that equips local churches to provide legal services to under-resourced immigrants.

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Kiddie Kollege Needs a Builder

Do you love to build and create things?


We are looking for a person/people that will make a giant Plinko board and Connect Four set for our

preschool (KidZone will use them as well).  We will provide the funds and YOU will provide the talent:)

If you’re up for the challenge, please see Jen Nier.

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You can also go to YouTube to get some how-to advice.


Any Time is a Good Time to Read

Among the many new books recently added to your WLFMC library is The Advocate, a first-century legal thriller! Theophilus, a brilliant young assessor, advises Pontius Pilate at the trial of Christ to offer to release Barabbas in place of Christ. His plan backfires and an    innocent man is crucified. Fast-forward three decades to the scenes of Theophilus again appearing in court where this time he is defending another innocent man, the apostle Paul, against the unjust accusations of Emperor Nero. Will death or freedom be the result of his impassioned defense?  Jen Hatmaker, an author with eight published books, is the 39-year-old wife of a Free Methodist pastor in Austin, Texas and passionate about sharing the insights she has gleaned as she strives to pattern a Christ-centered life and home while fulfilling her myriad responsibilities as wife and mother of five active youngsters. Two of her books are now available at your library.
Seven recounts the results of her family’s decision to reduce material possessions and distractions in seven areas of life including food, clothes, media and other elements of life today. Returning to the essentials of faith is the focus of Interrupted, another intriguing presentation about intentional efforts to live a Christ-centered  family life. With humor and interesting anecdotes from a real-life family, she presents some seldom considered options to demonstrate how Christ can direct one’s life.
Two well-loved children’s books have been added to your library: The Velveteen Rabbit (Margery Williams), and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (Virginia Barton). Share these familiar stories with your children as you relive the memories of experiencing the wonders of how the printed page comes alive with adventure and lessons of love and tenacity.




God Loves You

God says He is not willing that any should perish. (See Matthew 18:14.)

Meanwhile we argue over who makes it or not. 

You tell me who’s thinking with their heart.

Let me say right from the start that this isn’t about inclusion. I don’t know whether to thank my generation, my parents, my pastors or my God-given brain, but I live in a world of absolutes. There is truth. There is black and white. Words have definitions, no matter how uneasy I may be with any of them.

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