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.

Fashionable Leadership Advice

By Eddie Pipkin Confession time: I have zero sense of fashion.  Well, maybe zero is too favorable a score – maybe it would be a negative number would be more honest.  I basically have one pair of jeans I’ve been wearing for the past three years, while rotating my three favorite shirts.  But oddly, I [...]

Learn Something New (Now)

By Eddie Pipkin Last week, I wrote about creativity sparked by looking at things from a new perspective.  My wife -- who is excellent in her IT management role but would not describe herself as a creative person -- says, "Yeah, that's the kind of thing a creative person would say.  You see a dozen-pack [...]

So Long, Comfort Zone

By Eddie Pipkin Some years back, I co-founded a pre-youth group for 4th and 5th graders.  That age group gets a little lost between the normal children’s ministry offerings for little kids and the youth group activities that begin for 6th graders in most churches.  They are wonderful to work with, intensely curious about faith, [...]

Dare to Doodle

By Eddie Pipkin I’m a doodler.  In a former life, I drew quite a bit.  I actually made a few bucks drawing political cartoons back in the day.  I honed this skill in, of all places, high school physics, where I doodled through through each day’s lectures, developing a solid caricature of the instructor.  All [...]


By Eddie Pipkin My wife and I went out to breakfast before church last weekend, and we stopped in at one of our favorite diners, a bustling, homey spot. We had just settled in with our eggs when we realized something unusual was happening.  People were looking out the window and laughing and pointing.  Well, [...]

Everybody’s Got a Storm

By Eddie Pipkin You savvy readers have long ago figured out that Excellence in Ministry Coaching is based out of central Florida (specifically, the east coast side), so we've been in Hurricane Dorian lockdown, counting our blessings as the storm skirted by and praying for our beleaguered friends in the Bahamas.  The many churches with [...]

Welcome . . . Really!

By Eddie Pipkin This week we feature another entry from Dr. Phil Maynard’s observations from the road!  A few weeks ago, Phil (our intrepid leader) was on a break in the mountains of Western North Carolina – specifically the lovely Maggie Valley area – and he noticed that every single roadside motel featured a sign [...]

Say My Name

By Eddie Pipkin Phil Maynard, our esteemed leader here at Excellence in Ministry Coaching, was recently conducting a workshop at Virginia Beach and had the good fortune to be hosted at The Cavalier, a luxury level, five-star status property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This famous landmark has hosted seven U.S. Presidents [...]

Making Friends (Part 2)

By Eddie Pipkin Last week I wrote about the need for friendships – now more than ever – and how the local church can be a great way to help people bond in deep relationships.  Of course, neighborhood churches have always been associated with friendships.  Many of us who grew up in the church or [...]

Making Friends

By Eddie Pipkin As we plan fall campus events and outreach efforts, mission projects, and seasonal music productions, let’s not forget one of the core things needed by people who are hurting and seeking connection and meaning in their lives: the power of friendships.  It’s simple; it’s essential; it’s a key component to mental and [...]

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