Do we ask too much? No, we’ve asked too little.
Change, chaos, confusion – how can a pastor make sense of it all? The tap root of United Methodism goes deep into fertile soil – firmly planted in Scripture and enriched by the Holy Spirit. Our theology is rich and grounded into the depths of community and accountability, but the way we live out that theology is wide and deep-- both bane and blessing.
United Methodists are neither blown away like chaff nor root-bound. Our calling is still to strive to be methodically faithful and alive in Spirit. This is our heritage and our vision. But will we dare to lean into the winds of change and be strengthened by the challenges we find? Only with God's help.
“Lord! I love the church! She is that magnificent place where you stand in the gap between your kingdom in heaven and your kingdom on earth!” Those stirring words capture the passion and insight that Dr. Bassford brings to the discussion of the life of the Church. Built on the concept of relationships and why they matter, Dr. Bassford both invites and challenges us to step into a new vibrant future led by the Lord. Pastors and lay leaders will be blessed by the cogent sharing of the best of contemporary leadership insight with deep spirituality. Relationships are the key and the Lord offers us the help we need. This deep insight is illustrated in a down to earth style that is readily applicable to churches of all sizes.
--Bishop Mike Lowry, Resident Bishop of the Central Texas Conference, The United Methodist Church
Dr. Bassford's assessment of the predicament and the phenomenal opportunity that face United Methodism is accurate and insightful. Her understanding of our need for change in order to follow God's call into uncharted waters is exactly what the church needs to hear.
--Tom Robbins, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Temple, Texas
Dr. Ginger Bassford loves the church--and speaks the truth in love. She effectively shares insights not only from her own experience of leadership in the church, but from some of the great teachers of effective leadership in the twenty-first century. Through personal stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes disturbing, and sometimes humorous, she challenges us to demonstrate our love of the church through our own excellence and passion.
--Dr. Tim Bruster, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
In this penetrating book, Dr. Virginia Bassford addresses the distinctive challenges and profound opportunities for The United Methodist Church today. She speaks a prophetic word--challenging leaders to claim a boldness for their mission and a new vision for their ministry. With practical leadership advice, she offers a clarion call to the Church to reclaim our place in the world today!
--Dr. John McKellar, Senior Pastor, White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Southlake, Texas
Lord, I do love the Church and we do need your help! Pastor, teacher, DS, and fellow pilgrim Virginia Bassford has offered all of us who cherish the Church a living prayer of hope. Aflame with inspiring stories and hard won wisdom, this book is for all who long for renewal and trust God's good news to yet fill our pews.
--Craig T. Kocher, University Chaplain and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy, University of Richmond, and United Methodist Minister
Many leaders in our church speak as though the church is dead and buried, beyond resuscitation and even resurrection. Dr. Bassford reminds us in striking terms that not only is the church NOT dead, it has as much potential as ever. This book is a clarion call to return to a clear understanding of our identity and purpose as the incarnate body of Christ, seeking and serving the Will of God in all we say and do. If we love the church and trust in God’s power, the time to act is now!
--Dan R. Dick, Director of Connectional Ministries, Wisconsin Annual Conference