CRM Secrets Revealed: What Your Small Business Really Needs

Small business owners should always be looking for an edge. Seek whatever increases market competitiveness and provides opportunities to scale. Technological business solutions, such as customer relationship management platforms, are an obvious avenue to explore. But depending on the features they contain, CRM systems can prove a help or a hindrance to the SMB crowd. Many small …


WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH?

Seven weeks ago today, the Special Session of the General Conference came to an end. For persons hoping the Conference would vote to make the United Methodist Church a more welcoming place for LGBTQ persons and their families, the conference was painful. Even those who supported the Traditional Plan that was approved privately noted, “It …


A WAY BACKWARDS: WINNING THE BATTLE, LOSING THE CHURCH

At General Conference this week in St. Louis, Missouri, the leaders of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) orchestrated a defeat of the bishops’ proposal for a way forward for the UMC. In its place they passed a way backwards, a regressive and punitive plan that leaves no room for those who interpret scripture differently, harms …


A SPEECH AGAINST …

These last few days the United Methodist Church’s General Conference met in St. Louis, Missouri. Our church is, like the US, made up of conservatives, centrists, and progressives. Part of our strength is that we live in this tension with passionate Christians in these various groups. The Bishops were charged with bringing forward a plan …


LIVING IN THE TENSION: A CHURCH OF THE VIA MEDIA

I love the way the Methodists were described in Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It. Maclean noted that his Presbyterian father, ministering in the early decades of the twentieth century, described Methodists as, “Baptists who could read.” No offense to the Baptists, but I take Maclean to mean that Methodists captured the revivalist fervor …