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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.

What About Bob?

Principle Centered Ministry — Guiding Principles for Challenging Times By Eddie Pipkin I was out for a run, midday Monday, headphones in my ears streaming the latest grim news, my thoughts on the no-end-in-sight frustration of our disrupted routines, when I realized someone was yelling something at me (or to me – hard to say).  [...]

Riding the Waves

Principle Centered Ministry — Guiding Principles for Challenging Times By Eddie Pipkin I’m at the beach with the family this week, and one of my favorite things to do there is boogie board with the kids (the closest this middle-aged guy is getting to surfing).  It’s fun and invigorating, especially when four or five of [...]

Give Young People the Floor

By Eddie Pipkin Welcome back to the blog after a brief summertime hiatus.  Hope you are finding some rest, relaxation, and revival, but the apocalyptic news keeps rolling in, and the normal routine of the laid-back summer slowdown is a casualty of the pandemic and social unrest as so many parts of our normal routine [...]

How Will We Respond?

Principle Centered Ministry -- Guiding Principles for Challenging Times By Eddie Pipkin and Phil Maynard With demonstrations happening in more than 140 American cities over the past week, coronavirus has been pushed off the front pages, and George Floyd’s name has become a rallying cry for justice and societal change. How will churches respond? It’s [...]

Discipleship Dilemma

Principle Centered Ministry -- Guiding Principles for Challenging Times By Phil Maynard and Eddie Pipkin The “new normal” of the pandemic has changed things a lot, but it has not changed the central mission of the church.  And the central mission of the church could not be clearer. From the words of Jesus himself we [...]

Adaptive Worship

Principle Centered Ministry -- Guiding Principles for Challenging Times By Phil Maynard and Eddie Pipkin We were intrigued by the series of stories that appeared at the end of March and beginning of April that highlighted the experiences of a select group of people who happened to be physically cut off from normal society right [...]

Friends Matter Now

Principle-Centered Ministry -- Guiding Principles for Challenging Times By Phil Maynard and Eddie Pipkin There have been plenty of headlines in the past couple of weeks about “getting back to normal” – and let’s face it, even preaching in the presence of a screaming baby would be a great change of pace right now, wouldn’t [...]

To Meme Or Not To Meme

By Eddie Pipkin To meme or not to meme: that is the question! Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous repostings or take arms against a sea of boredom by constantly updating our online profile with a host of homespun witty phrases? To tweet, perchance to be retweeted—ay, [...]

Make a Sign

By Eddie Pipkin The past few weeks we have been focusing heavily on “virtual” ideas and strategies for ministry.  But now, in the immortal words sung by Olivia Newton John way back in 1981, “let’s get physical.”  We’ve been so laser-locked on computer-based techniques and innovations, it’s easy to lose sight of the old-school options [...]

Data Mining as Discipleship

By Eddie Pipkin I hope you’re getting that traditional post-Easter rest, and I also hope you’re not!  Sorry for the head fake, but these are unusual times.  On the one hand, please, all ministry leaders stop and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, a gold star, and a celebratory lap around you empty [...]

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