A Cure for Loneliness?

Beth Fender


A recent article in AARP Magazine suggests that loneliness is a widespread problem that might have medical implications. But could the church have a role to play in curing loneliness? (Article 1 of 6)

A healthy way to handle the holidays

Clergy Assistance Blog by SupportLinc


A little planning can go a long way in helping one handle the holidays. It's really about these key things: Anticipating the event Planning pleasures other than food and drink Holding a family meeting ahead of time Setting reasonable expectations Avoiding or reducing stress caused by holidays or special events Building in ways to be active Preparing for the personalities and habits of friends and family Planning for pleasures after holidays, vacations or special events

Slowing down vs. winding up

Shauna Summers


The holidays are upon us and there is so much to do and a shrinking amount of time to do it in! Does this sound familiar? Instead of letting your anxiety take over, activate your parasympathetic nervous system instead!

There’s a hole in the boat

Bishop Frank Beard


I was eight miles away from the marina, and I was taking on water fast. I was all alone, anchored down, and the boat was filling up with water. To make matters worse the closest shore was an alligator-infested, stump-filled swamp.


Bishop Frank Beard


A few folks that are into apocalyptic bible study teach that the number five (5) is the Biblical number for grace. I’m not so sure, but for the purpose of this month’s article, I’ll agree.

Cubs or Cardinals? Health or Holiness?

Bishop Frank Beard


Two seemingly unrelated questions, but are they? Both questions call for a decision and an alignment. Both questions are ripe with possibilities for acceptance and rejection, even if you favor neither team.

Happy Anniversary!

Bishop Frank Beard


In celebration of our third anniversary, I pledge to give an additional $10 for every active pastor that sends in a personal contribution to OCOK, no matter the size, between Sept. 1 through Nov. 1. This has the potential of being a gift of more than $4,000! No matter what you think about the current state of our beloved denomination, we still have much work to do together as an Annual Conference. The five ministries that belong to the IGRC need our help, and I can think of no better way of demonstrating our unity in Jesus Christ, as an Annual Conference, than by pooling our resources to ensure a spiritual legacy that provides ongoing spiritual care for children and families.

We can determine what kind of annual conference we want to be!

Bishop Frank Beard


Regardless of the overall decision of the General Conference, I want us to be committed to reclaiming and retaining our Wesleyan DNA; one hand to God and one hand reaching out to the people that God loves. This journey can only be traversed as we commit and recommit ourselves to the task of being aligned with Christ. Each of us, must be attached to Jesus Christ with the yoke of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been given to empower, assist, and direct the affairs of the church. As we center on Jesus and remain yoked to him, the Holy Spirit will produce in us and through us Christ-likeness that will bless and benefit all.

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