Bishop's Columns from Together

Making new memories

Bishop Mike Coyner presiding at General Conference. One of the most powerful worship services at General Conference and at Annual Conference is the memorial service. This year’s service at General Conference was a time to remember and give thanks for the lives and witness of 17 ...

Come, let us reason together

Bishop Coyner preaches at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) was known for his invitation, “Come, let us reason together.” During his years as U.S. Senate majority leader, then as Vice-President to President John F. ...

What will 2012 bring?

There is nothing magical about the flip of the calendar to a new year, but it does provide an opportunity for each of us to reflect upon the past and to focus upon the future as we open our lives to God’s direction. I am no predictor of the future, but I do anticipate that 2012 will bring ...

Praying for one another

The whole United Methodist Church is moving forward in a ten-year emphasis upon Vital Congregations (www.umvitalcongregations.org). This emphasis is in response to the action of the 2008 General Conference, which affirmed this direction. Now the Council of Bishops is asking each United ...

Making Room

The team planning our Annual Conference Session for June 7-9, 2012 has chosen the theme of “Making Room.” This theme continues our emphasis upon the Five Fruitful Practices of vital congregations as outlined by Bishop Robert Schnase. You may remember that our first session of the new ...

Is it God's will?

As I write this column I am on Renewal Leave, which has given me some time and perspective to reflect on some of the recent, tragic events in Indiana and around the country. The past few weeks have included: the collapse of the stage rigging at the Indiana State Fair, which has to date ...

Vital Signs of Vital Congregations

This month all pastors serving United Methodist congregations in Indiana are receiving a letter from me about the “Vital Signs” project of our United Methodist Church. The Council of Bishops has approved asking every United Methodist congregation around the world to adopt goals for 2012 as...

Going by the numbers

When I visited my doctor for my annual physical exam, he seemed to want to know a lot of numbers including: my weight, my blood pressure, my pulse rate and various blood tests. Lots of numbers, but those numbers are not the only part of my exam. My doctor also asks me lots of questions ...

Sharing our witness

Some people seem not to have noticed that the 2008 General Conference changed the membership vows of our United Methodist Church. Now, when new members join any of our 1,200 congregations of the Indiana Conference (or any of our 40,000 congregations around the world), they should be asked ...

Talking about tough issues

Many people have asked me what it means that 36 of our retired bishops have issued a statement calling for a change in our Social Principles regarding the issue of homosexuality. One answer is that it does not mean much of anything. General Conference is the only body which can vote ...

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