Eddie Pipkin

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About Eddie Pipkin

Eddie Pipkin has 30 years in ministry experience at churches in Georgia and Florida, primarily in the United Methodist Church. His ministry leadership includes stints in youth and children's ministry, creative worship design, outreach and missions, communications, special event coordination, and leadership development. He currently resides in Orlando, Florida. His original careers were in journalism and teaching at the college level, and he has a Master's Degree in English from the University of Central Florida (with an emphasis in creative writing). He also has worked as an independent editor, and he has an alter-ego known as the Rapping Lamb. He is an avid cyclist, outdoorsman and pie aficionado.

Worship as Lifestyle

By Eddie Pipkin This is part-the-third of our five-part 2020 kickoff in the blogosphere in which we are looking at the elements of discipleship as they fulfill the needs of those seeking purpose and power in their lives.  We’re helping people think of the healthy habits of disciples not as a chore, but as a [...]

Service as Purpose

By Eddie Pipkin In part two of our five-part blog series kick-off to 2020, we’ll continue to look at the ways in which the development of Discipleship skills are the path to a full life for those who are seeking something more but facing conflicting feelings about the traditional church’s role in helping them get [...]

Hospitality as Relationships

By Eddie Pipkin I previewed a new series last week in which we would consider the elements of discipleship and how, when fully realized, they fulfill the basic needs in the modern search for meaning.  It’s not just about the “discipline” of following Jesus: it’s a path to what’s missing in our lives (and the [...]

New Year’s Wishes

By Eddie Pipkin and Phil Maynard It’s been a great year at Excellence in Ministry Coaching.  Phil has traveled the country working with leadership and congregations to revitalize and grow their ministries, hearing your stories, the blessings of your work and the challenges you face.  A couple of days before Christmas, he and I met [...]

The Day After

By Eddie Pipkin Merry post-Christmas from the gang at EMC3!  We hope your holidays have been glorious, blessed with the joy of work well done, and we trust that you’re enjoying a well-earned rest.  I’ve written a little poem for your amusement, titled “’Twas the Day After Christmas,” and we’ve also included a couple of [...]

Have Yourself an Authentic Little Christmas

By Eddie Pipkin When checking out a recently published article about how families decide whether to choose an artificial Christmas tree or a live version, I was fascinated to read about the evolving nature of increasingly realistic fake trees.  You will have noticed that you can now buy trees with genuine-looking bark, needles that are [...]

More New Metrics

By Eddie Pipkin I made the mistake last week of stepping on the bathroom scale.  I am a big believer in not cramping the festive spirit of the Christmas season with such foolishness as scientific evidence that I’m celebrating a little more than is strictly advisable.  But good data has a way of holding us [...]

Gratitude and Generosity

By Eddie Pipkin On the heels of Thanksgiving, my inbox included a gift of an article which detailed the science behind the link between gratitude and giving.  There is increasing research that corroborates – and explains – the correlation between expressions of thankfulness and the practice of generosity.  As ministry leaders, we understand the implicit [...]

Happy Thanks-Griping

By Eddie Pipkin Traditionally, we embrace this season of family, friends, and glorious food by counting our blessings.  We gather together in celebration of one another and the good things in life.  We are thoughtful about expressing our appreciation.  We take the “gratitude challenge,” and post something new to be thankful for each day on [...]

The New Metrics

By Eddie Pipkin In our recent “no fences” blog series, in which we explored the many ways we can make ministry more accessible to more people, I boldly stated a premise that we needed a new set of metrics to measure progress and success.  As ministry is changing, I argued, the old, familiar measurement tools [...]

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