Marty J. Cauley is Director of Content and Coaching at the Office of New Faith Communities at the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church. An ordained elder, he was also Director of Ministry with Young People for the Southeastern Jurisdiction. He blogs about ministry and living with terminal cancer at and has written a book, Dying to Go on Vacation.

Leading Ideas

My wife, Danelle, and I have always tried to live our lives with open hearts, open hands, and an open home. We have fed hundreds…

Leading Ideas Stock photo of seven matches: two that have not been lit ever, one that is currently lit, two that have been lit but are now extinguished, and one that is completely burnt out

Have you known a church member who seemed fully engaged and invested in a congregation but suddenly walked away? What makes someone “flame out” unexpectedly?…