Circle Up

What does it mean to be in a small group? That’s a question that I have been asked many times in my ministry. For many people, connecting with a small group is a big step. I have spoken with people who grew up in the church, and still have a hard time taking that step. … More Circle Up

Too Good Not To Share

Have you ever experienced something so good that you HAD to share it with someone else? A good movie…a favorite vacation spot…a Krispy Kreme doughnut! There are some things that are too good not to share. This past week, if you follow me on social media (@revmattparker), you have probably noticed that I have been … More Too Good Not To Share

Undignified In Worship

What does it mean to worship? When I was growing up, I would have told you that worship was an event that we attended at the church on Sunday mornings. Mom and Dad forced us to wake up early and sit through the service for an hour. After worship was over, we would go to … More Undignified In Worship

Are We Yet Alive?

At the start of Annual Conference every year, there is a hymn that is sung to mark the beginning of the conference gathering: And are we yet alive,and see each other’s face?Glory and thanks to Jesus givefor his almighty grace! Let us take up the crosstill we the crown obtain,and gladly reckon all things lossso … More Are We Yet Alive?

Doing a New Thing

For the last two weeks, we have had a dumpster parked at the church as many of our staff and ministry leaders have been cleaning out storage areas and discarding old items that are no longer being used. Of course, all of these discarded items once served a purpose and assisted in making disciples of … More Doing a New Thing

Running on Empty

On a recent road trip with my family, Michele and I noticed that we were getting low on gas. There are often two ways to approach a concern of fuel level when driving. You can either panic about the fuel level beginning at half a tank, or you can wait until the “E” light comes … More Running on Empty

An Upside Down Happiness

This week, many of us gathered with friends and family members to celebrate Independence Day. Based on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts, many of these celebrations included food, fireworks, running the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, and time at the pool or lake. It seemed there was a lot of happiness in all of the pictures. … More An Upside Down Happiness

Perspective: 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference

Recently, I attended the 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference along with some members from the church. I have asked Ann McCauley, the Lay Delegate to Annual Conference for Royston First UMC, to share about her experience. The 153rd Session of the North Georgia Annual Conference opened up on June 11, 2019 in Athens, GA. Bishop … More Perspective: 153rd North Georgia Annual Conference

#Blessed

This week, many of us gathered with friends and family members to celebrate Independence Day. Based on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts, many of these celebrations included food, fireworks, running the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, and time at the pool or lake. It seemed there was a lot of happiness in all of the … More #Blessed