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.

Man, Oh Man

By Eddie Pipkin I recently had coffee with the talented and thoughtful worship leader at the local church my wife and I have been attending.  What I had seen of his public persona I liked a lot, so when he sent an email proposing we get together, I enthusiastically accepted.  His boss, the lead pastor, [...]

Coronavirus Chaos

By Eddie Pipkin As the coronavirus outbreak (now known by the more precise name given to this unique strain, COVID-19) slips past the emergency efforts to control its transmission, it is becoming more and more likely that the impact will spread worldwide, including to the U.S.  Having watched the dramatic images from China over the [...]

Proactive vs. Reactive

By Eddie Pipkin I was in a Cracker Barrel off I-75 in Georgia earlier this week, making a pit stop, when I encountered an unusual appeal to find salvation and assure my entry to Heaven.  You can see it in the accompanying photo.  It’s an evangelism tract perched atop a urinal in the Cracker Barrel [...]

Generosity as Stability

By Eddie Pipkin As we conclude our series on discipleship made relevant for modern culture, I saved for the finale what I think of as one of our most hopeful and practical assertions.  For people who are struggling to find economic stability, a life of generosity and stewardship is the path to sanity.  It’s utterly [...]

Openness as Adventure

By Eddie Pipkin As we arrive at the penultimate week of our blog series on revelatory discipleship strategies, we consider the fear faced by people who are interested in the concept of spirituality but frightened by the unknowns of what “letting go and letting God” might actually look like.  We talk a lot in our [...]

Obedience as Freedom

By Eddie Pipkin As we continue our series exploring the pursuit of discipleship and its awesome practical results for people seeking a meaningful and well-ordered life, this week we’ll consider the topic of obedience.  If there’s one concept that’s a big turnoff to folks – particularly young folks – it’s the idea of submission to [...]

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 [...]

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