Rev. Shane’s 60ish Second Bible Stories for Kids: Jesus Walks on Water

Rev. Shane’s 60ish Second Bible Stories for Kids: Jesus Walks on Water

Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the  church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s.  It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism.  In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call my own and myContinue reading “Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”

Christmas Doubters

There were some famous doubters in the Bible.  When Abraham heard God was going to bless his ninety-year-old wife Sarah with a son, he fell on his face and had a belly laugh.  God gave him a son anyway.  When twelve spies went into the Promised Land to get a report, ten of the spiesContinue reading “Christmas Doubters”

And This is Good?

I remember the call I received in the spring of 1997 from Mississippi River District Superintendent Jim Rhea on behalf of Illinois Great Rivers Conference Bishop Sharon A. Brown Christopher.  I was informed that I would be moved from the Sumner/Beulah Charge in Lawrence County to the recently relocated Christ United Methodist Church in FairviewContinue reading “And This is Good?”

Determining the Speed of Change

“A large church staff determines the direction of change. The laity determine the speed of change. The negotiation process between the two will determine the health of the church.” -Shane L. Bishop, Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Fairview Heights, Illinois

Outlasting Push-Back

I have been the Senior Pastor at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since July 1, 1997. In this time we have grown from just over 200 per weekend to well over 1,700. We are constantly engaged in the economy of change and have found that change brings with it both growth and discontinuity. TheContinue reading “Outlasting Push-Back”

Exactly as I Remember It Orders

We are taking orders for copies of “Exactly As I Remember It” numbering 50 or more this week.  Thanks for the orders we received today.  We will have them delivered by the release date of December 3.  Information on orders of less than 50 will be available very soon!   For more information contact: remember.books@gmail.comContinue reading “Exactly as I Remember It Orders”

Andy the Janitor Remembers

“Remember” is one of my favorite English words.  It is a much bigger word than its diminutive synonyms like “recall” or “recollect.”  For me, remember is best thought of as the antonym of “dismember.”  To dismember is to tear apart; to remember is to put back together.  Andy was the custodian at Christ Church duringContinue reading “Andy the Janitor Remembers”

United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast

I was not reared in the United Methodist tradition.  Melissa and I were loved into the United Methodist church when I was teaching and coaching in Louisville, Illinois in the mid-80’s.  It was only then I began to take a serious look into historical Methodism.  In Methodism I found a theological tradition to call myContinue reading “United Methodists Need Leaders…Fast”

What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012

Evangelism: Paul in Greece 2012 I penned these reflections on the final day of a ten day “Paul in Greece” tour. As I gazed that evening from my fifth floor window of my Athens hotel, the ancient Acropolis was in full view with the Parthenon shining like a new dime (they literally light it upContinue reading “What Paul Teaches Us About Evangelism in 2012”