Spirit Alive: A Living Faith is a Growing Faith


Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog that looks at different aspects of mission and ministry throughout the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and beyond.

November 8, 2016

Living Faith: Do You Have a Minute?

A Living Faith is a Growing Faith

From time-to-time, I will share brief, one-minute "living faith" statements in my Spirit Alive posts. These video recordings will come from both clergy and laity. They will address one of the following sentence phrases: "Living my faith means...," "I see God at work in the world when...," "My church is a place where...," or something similar that allows the speaker to address a subject related to what "living faith" looks like or means to them.

They will have a "homegrown" quality to them...meaning that I have simply asked people to send me  video recordings that they have done, using their phones. As a result, these contributions will reflect statements from the field rather than being polished, studio productions. My hope is that these brief statements will help us create a stronger faith-sharing culture among us...and help us learn from one another in the process. I hope that you enjoy what you hear from your colleagues and friends in ministry.

This week I've asked Emilie Kroen, our Annual Conference's Associate Lay Leader, to share her insights into what a "living faith" means to her.

Do you have a minute to see what Emilie has to say? I think you'll find it interesting.

Play video of Emilie Kroen

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Many of our congregations have planted community gardens as a way to not only harvest produce and address issues of hunger, but also as a means to connect and engage with their communities. How are you planting faith in your community? Where do you meet those who are neighbors to your church?

Blessings on your journey,


Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog and email by Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. It seeks out where the spirit is alive in our congregations and communities.


Lowell Greathouse
Lowell Greathouse is the Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. He looks for places to find where the spirit is alive and help them grow in vitality and fruitfulness. Share with him at lowell@umoi.org