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.

Give Where It Matters

by Eddie Pipkin I was on at a complex of hiking and mountain biking trails a couple of weeks ago, and down by the informational kiosk at the start of the route, I was delighted to see what looked for all the world like a bright orange parking meter (!) but turned out to be [...]

Believe in Your Team

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Артур Закиров from Pixabay I was at my young friend, Chance’s, amazing wedding in Colorado last weekend.  It was visually outstanding, held on a farm in a valley surrounded by mountains, but that’s not the only thing that set it apart.  Chance is himself a force of nature, [...]

Promote Thyself (Seriously)

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay My wife and I have a household trophy that we use to celebrate small but meaningful moments that might otherwise pass without mention. It's a cheap plastic 8-inch golden column with a shiny star on top. It's gaudy; it's silly; it's a tool we [...]

Olive Garden Theology

by Eddie Pipkin Image by congerdesign from Pixabay When reading an article this week that contemplated which kinds of institutions do the best job of bringing rich Americans and poor Americans together in the same shared space, I thoroughly anticipated a shout-out to churches as a place to be celebrated for their egalitarianism.  [...]

Training Camp

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Pexels from Pixabay Football season is right around the corner, and I can’t wait.  I love football, pro and college (go Knights!), and I will spend waaaaay too much time watching games between now and Christmas.  Of course, I’m not so big a football nerd as to watch [...]

New Look New Life

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay I was cleaning up the good ol’ Honda CRV last week, when, lo and behold, I discovered a feature that I had never used before.  We’ve owned this car for six years, and you’d think by now I would know the minutiae of its [...]

Build Those Skills

by Eddie Pipkin (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) Last week, at the conclusion of my “Misaligned Metrics” blog, I teased you with a reference to Excellence in Ministry Coaching’s new Leadership Skill Builders project.  Your ministry teams are hard-working squads of people with different gifts, talents, passions, knowledge, and experiences, and when [...]

Misaligned Metrics

by Eddie Pipkin Image by FlitsArt from Pixabay Reading author and reporter Ann Helen Peterson’s Culture Study newsletter on Substack last week, my ears perked up when she got on a rant about her wearable fitness tracker.  She loves her rants, AHP, as do we all!  This one was about the ways in [...]

Line of Deference

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Peter Dargatz from Pixabay I was out for a sunrise run on the beach last week, when I found myself approaching another runner coming in my direction.  It was one of those moments when I realized that, if nothing changed, we were on an intersecting trajectory.  This sort [...]

The Barbenheimer Effect

by Eddie Pipkin Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or you don’t do the ‘socials,’ or you don’t go to movies, you may have missed the media phenomenon which is happening this weekend called the Barbenheimer.  On the same day, two highly anticipated but thematically [...]

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