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Bishop Kenneth Carter

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter is Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, headquartered in Lakeland, FL.

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Bishop Kenneth Carter is bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, headquartered in Lakeland, FL. Prior to his election as bishop in 2012, he served as Waynesville District Superintendent in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, a position he assumed in 2011.

For seven years he was senior pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Ken is the author of several books and a contributor to many others, and he maintains a blog entitled “Bear Witness To The Love of God in This World”.   Most recently he contributed to The Wesley Study Bible, The Abingdon Preaching Annual,  and the Feasting On The Word commentary series.  Ken has spoken to groups across the country, and has preached in congregations ranging in size from very small mountain churches to congregations of more than five thousand members. 

He and his wife Pam have two daughters and their family also includes a young man from Haiti who is a student at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.  Ken’s hobbies are exercise, listening to music, writing and reading.  He and his wife have enjoyed traveling to England, Ireland, Israel, Guatemala, Haiti, Canada and China, and supporting the pursuits of their daughters.


Latest Content by Bishop Kenneth Carter

Bishop Kenneth Carter

Bishop Ken Carter: When a new pastor arrives: Five essential keys to beginning a relationship

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

 

In recent days a number of men and women have left a community and a congregation and have traveled to begin a new ministry. This process is physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging....

And now, in many congregations, a new season of life and ministry is beginning.

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Bishop Kenneth Carter

Bishop Ken Carter: 2017 Ordination Sermon: Bridges

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

 

Florida is a beautiful state, a long peninsula situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also covered with bodies of water, lakes, rivers and inter coastal waterways. We were attracted to this place because of water and nearness to it. We have called this a fountain of life.

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Other Recent Content by Bishop Kenneth Carter

Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

March 24, 2017

Bishop Ken Carter: Subtraction: Lent and the art of learning to say no

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

A sermon taken from Matthew 4. 1-11 and preached at Duke University Chapel on March 5, 2017, and Bethune-Cookman University Chapel on March 8, 2017, by Bishop Ken Carter.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

February 05, 2017

Bishop Ken Carter: Faithful discipleship in a time of turbulence

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Over the past two weeks our nation has experienced a turbulent transition in political leadership. While it has been a part of a larger and peaceful transfer of power, it has also surfaced deep divisions among our citizens; indeed, the state where I serve (Florida) is often described as a 'battleground state'. And yet beneath these divisions are threats to the common good and to the great commandments, that we love God and our neighbor (Mark 12).
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

February 01, 2017

Bishop Ken Carter: A Fractured Denomination

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

A part of our future must be a re-focusing on what it means to be a disciple, and that is, in itself, grounded in knowing the life and teachings of Jesus. We cannot assume this. It is likely true that our decline is due to the increase and now loss of a large constituency of nominal constituents.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 09, 2016

Bishop Ken Carter: Just Resolution as an Expression of Restorative Justice

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

When a violation of the Book of Discipline occurs, related to overlapping marks of LGBTQ and Christian (United Methodist) community and identity, we might begin with a question: Who has been harmed?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 26, 2016

Bishop Ken Carter: Why We Need Evangelicals

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

So what does the word 'evangelical' mean? It is not a synonym for conservative. At the same time, liberalism has no future without it. It is not a subgroup within a political party or within a church. Whenever the word 'evangelical' is used in this way, something is deeply wrong.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 03, 2016

Bishop Ken Carter: An Ordination Sermon: The Odor of the Sheep

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

A sermon taken from John 21. 15-19 and preached by Bishop Ken Carter on June 18, 2016, upon the occasion of the licensing, commissioning and ordination of women and men for the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ, at the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

April 06, 2016

Bishop Ken Carter: Losing the Home Court Advantage

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The end of the home-court advantage is result of our own flaws -- we must confess, more honestly, our sins -- and it is the inevitable consequence of modernity and, more recently, post-modernity. Modernity wondered how Christianity could be true; post-modernity asked how Christianity could be authentic. Taken together, the faith seemed out of sync with culture.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 16, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Fresh Expressions of Church: The Missionary Holy Spirit Goes Ahead of Us

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Eleventh and last in a series on the Fresh Expressions Movement in United Methodism and beyond, and particularly in relation to the Nones, the Dones, and The Spiritual, but Not Religious.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 08, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Fresh Expressions, United Methodism and "Saving the Institution"

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Tenth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church and our relation to the Nones, Dones, and the Spiritual but Not Religious.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 01, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Discipleship as Spiritual Formation and Mentoring: The Heart of Fresh Expressions of Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Ninth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church and our relation to the Nones, Dones, and the Spiritual but Not Religious.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 24, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: A Deeper Dive into Making Disciples: Sustaining Fresh Expressions of Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Eighth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, United Methodism and beyond, and our relation to the Nones, Dones, and the Spiritual but Not Religious.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 29, 2015

We Are Yet Alive!

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

As Advent begins, Bishop Ken Carter uses Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians to help us become oriented to the journey ahead. He notes three themes prominent in the letter: reunion, encouragement, and imitation.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 19, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: The Mission Field that Surrounds Us: Digging into the Data

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Seventh in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, United Methodism and beyond, and our relation to the Nones, Dones and the Spiritual but Not Religious.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 22, 2015

A Kingdom Not of This World

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Bishop Ken Carter helps us think through the implications of the reign of Christ. Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world," and he calls us to follow him as servants in the world.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 11, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Where We Actually Live and Gather: Networks and “Third Places”

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Sixth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions, United Methodism and beyond, and our relation to the Nones, the Dones and the Spiritual but Not Religious.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 31, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Where We Actually Live and Gather: An Ordinary Sunday Morning

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Fifth in a series of reflections on the Fresh Expressions movement in United Methodism and beyond, and its relation to the “Nones,” the “Dones” and the “Spiritual but not Religious.”
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 24, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: From "Mixed Economy" to "Mixed Ecology" of Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Fourth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions in the United Methodist Church and beyond, and especially in relation to the “Nones,” the “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 17, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: New And Emerging Forms of Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Third in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church in United Methodism in the Florida Conference and beyond, and our relationship to the “Nones," “Dones” and the "Spiritual but Not Religious."
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 10, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: What Kind of Church Will They Inherit?

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

If the next generations have not inherited our church (because of mobility and limitations of the parish system), and if they have inherited a faith that is less robust than a generously orthodox, trinitarian and biblical one, where are we?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

September 20, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Fresh Expressions: A Movement Begins

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

After two years of strategy, prayer, correspondence and time set aside in 'vision days', a small group journeyed to England in July 2015. We were there as disciples, students seeking to learn about a movement that God is using to renew the church. This particular movement, Fresh Expressions, has taken root over the past decade in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 09, 2015

Bishop Ken Carter: Generative Christians, Generative Congregations

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Well, we have a story about a sower and seeds and soil. I feel inadequate to bring any practical expertise to you. But I do love this parable of Jesus, in what it says to us and I am grateful to be able to reflect on it.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 03, 2013

Bishop Ken Carter: What Social Media Teaches Me About the Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

If I am honest, I accept that Christians have little power to shape how we are portrayed. And yet when we pattern our lives after Jesus--as recently with Pope Francis--the world pays attention. All of that---not only his actions but the perceptions of them---has been like rain falling on dry ground.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 07, 2013

Bishop Ken Carter: "God Hath Bid All Humankind": Generous Orthodoxy and our Mission with Gays and Lesbians in the United Methodist Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

This reflection is written primarily for those who are seeking to understand their own participation in the Christian life, or in a local church, as gay and lesbian United Methodists, and for those in ministry with them. I am also speaking, secondarily, to a smaller group of United Methodists who have an additional interest in the denominational conversation around this subject.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 01, 2012

Bishop Ken Carter: Always Being Reformed According to the Word of God

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

On the calendar that most of us live by yesterday was Halloween, and the sugar highs that strike at our brains render us almost helpless in thinking about anything else. I know that, but yesterday has another meaning as well and I wanted to reflect on that you. It is Reformation Day and whether we know it or not, this has shaped our lives in profound ways.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 21, 2011

a christmas eve prayer for those who do not go to church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

the inner lives of those who make the annual pilgrimage to our christmas eve services, and why they matter
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 18, 2011

Call and Response

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

On this final Sunday in Advent, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter examines the important role that Mary, the mother of Jesus, plays in the story of our faith, and encourages us to listen for God's call to do extraordinary things.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 11, 2011

The Hand of God on the Shoulder of a Troubled World

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

For Advent 3, the Rev. Dr. Ken Carter shares a theme woven through the texts for today: the theme of joy in the good news of the coming of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 20, 2011

to walk fast or to walk far

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a simple meditation on shared vision
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

September 29, 2011

conformity and the ten commandments

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

can we perceive the ten commandments to be more than doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

September 01, 2011

bearing fruit implies connection

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

the meaning of a friendship with jesus
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 15, 2011

by your spirit make us one

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

This is a Day1 Key Voice article by The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

May 20, 2011

a psalm for the end of the world, or not

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

four words of assurance in a unpredictable times
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

April 11, 2011

a very simple lenten spiritual practice

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

you really can do this
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

March 28, 2011

our hands are too full

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what does it really mean to give up something for lent?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

March 14, 2011

t.s. eliot and the meaning of lent

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

rediscovering a resource for these 40 days
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

March 04, 2011

transfiguration

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a spiritual reflection on following jesus up and down the mountain
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

January 27, 2011

facing a decision

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

how recovering the ancient path is, paradoxically, the way into the future
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

January 16, 2011

remembering martin at the end of a violent week

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a holiday to remember martin, a preacher of the gospel of non-violence comes on the heals of a murder on our national public stage
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 24, 2010

A Christmas Prayer for Those Who Don't Go To Church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a common prayer for christmas eve
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 16, 2010

the chaotic joy of a flash mob: do you hear what i hear?

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

an incognito choir in a mall food court can be a chorus of angels
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 10, 2010

the peaceable kingdom

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a prophet and a painter give us God's vision of peace
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 12, 2010

the renewal of the church

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

for those who care about the renewal of the church and wonder about its future
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

September 22, 2010

from preaching to meddling: the other six days

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what happens when the gospel begins to shape the culture: when sunday begins to influence monday through saturday?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 26, 2010

shelter from the storm

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

remembering katrina, and reflecting on passage through the storms
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 17, 2010

how to leave a congregation: lessons from paul

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a personal statement about how to end a ministry
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 05, 2010

in necessary things, unity

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

how christians move beyond division to the heart of what is most important
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 30, 2010

jesus had a beard

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

retrieving a pastoral conversation about ministers, jesus and the appropriateness of growing a beard!
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 20, 2010

why the bp gulf ecological debacle was inevitable

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

the confluence of poverty and marginalization, greed and despair: it is enough to move one to sing the blues
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 05, 2010

summer reading: some unconventional possibilities

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

so, what are you planning to read this summer?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

May 30, 2010

why the trinity matters

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

it turns out that doctrine does, in fact, shape our daily lives
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

May 17, 2010

what is good for the world

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what is good for the world is good for us, and not vice versa.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

April 30, 2010

the trouble with normal

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a bad week for goldman sachs, the pope, bp...and us
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

April 28, 2010

unChristian

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what do those on the outside really think about christians, and where do these perceptions come from?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

April 14, 2010

not the church of your grandparents, or your grandchildren

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

why re-thinking church is a required exercise for all of us who care
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

April 01, 2010

betrayal

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

the relation of love to betrayal on holy thursday
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

March 08, 2010

overwhelmed and undernourished

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what does communion really mean to you?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

February 26, 2010

the longings of a crazy heart

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

how country music expresses our need for redemption
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

February 19, 2010

"fargo" and the winter olympics

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

parallels between a great movie and a current television obsession
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

February 15, 2010

standing in the light

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

when we have stood in the light, we have a deep desire to see the light in other people.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

January 26, 2010

flawed thinking about haiti

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

the assumptions we make about haiti lead to particular outcomes: some good, some not so good
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

January 16, 2010

haiti and the strengths of the mainline chuches

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

in an already challenged country, recent developments call for our engagement, collaboration and prayers.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

January 14, 2010

personal reflection on haiti

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

random thoughts about the last 48 hours in haiti
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 19, 2009

is jesus real?

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

the question becomes: is any of this real?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

December 07, 2009

peace is possible

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what does it mean to light the advent candle of peace, year after year? is peace possible?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 21, 2009

the critique of faith

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

why those most critical of the faith are in good company!
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

November 08, 2009

a detour through hot springs

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

making a virtue out of necessity by stopping by a small mountain town
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 24, 2009

climate change: should christians care?

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

October 24 is the International Day of Climate Action; should Christians care?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

October 05, 2009

without wilderness

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

watching the ken burns series on our national parks reminded me of a spiritual truth
Bishop Kenneth Carter

Dr. Ken Carter: Churches and the Economic Crisis

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter, United Methodist pastor and author, shares practical insights for church leaders on dealing with money and stewardship in the midst of an economic crisis.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

September 27, 2009

To Make the Wounded Whole

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Ken Carter examines the spiritual practices mentioned in James 5--confession, intercession, and healing--and helps us understand how to practice them in the 21st century.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

September 08, 2009

who is my neighbor? health care in america

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

In a culture that is saturated with religious communication and obsessed with the topic of health care, why are we not talking about the parable of the good samaritan?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 30, 2009

a graveside service

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

a holy moment at the graveside service for ted kennedy
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

August 21, 2009

Can Mainline Christians Be Joyful?

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

what a mainline pastor learned, again, from african brothers and sisters
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

July 31, 2009

healing the health care debate

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

It's not that the government needs to get out of health care; it's that Christians need to get into it.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

July 21, 2009

help...stay away!

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

we often need help, and yet we resist the very help that we need.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 27, 2009

when icons are destroyed

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

A reflection on a difficult week in our popular and political culture.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 19, 2009

an arranged life

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

An unnoticed film reveals important truths about relationships and tradition.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

June 05, 2009

The Non-Violent Conscience

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The murder of a physician in a Lutheran sanctuary calls for renewed reflection on non-violence and the importance of conscience.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

May 19, 2009

who needs the church/the wisdom of crowds

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

I reflect on a basic question: why do we need the church?
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

May 15, 2009

Abortion, Torture and Integrity

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

I am reflecting on the varied issues that divide the church and yet call for consistency and, yes, integrity.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Article

May 07, 2009

Words, The Word and Getting on with Your Life

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

Ken Carter reflects on the importance of words, words that define who we are and words that send us forth into the world, in the context of a rainy graduation ceremony.
Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

December 07, 2008

Our Patience, God's Peace

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter is pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 30, 2008

Our Hope, God's Faithfulness

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter is pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC.

Bishop Kenneth Carter

Day 1 Podcast Extra-Carter

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

In this Day 1 Podcast Extra The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter, pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC., shares his personal insights and experiences.

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

October 07, 2007

Increase Our Faith

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter reminds us that Jesus is with us wherever there is even the faith the size of a mustard seed and calls us to put our faith into action.

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

September 30, 2007

Listening to Jesus

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter firmly reminds us, as did Jesus, that how we are to be judged by God is based on how we treat the poor.

Bishop Kenneth Carter

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter - Day1 Podcast Extra

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

In this podcast extra, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter, pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, shares his personal insights and experiences of preaching.

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

September 03, 2006

Creation as the Labor of God

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter, pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, reminds us of the beauty of God's creation in the world around us.

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

August 27, 2006

A Survival Strategy for the Spiritually Homeless

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carter Jr. is pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. He reminds us of the solace available to us in God's house.

Bishop Kenneth Carter Transcript

November 20, 2005

Our Spiritual Bottom Line

Bishop Kenneth Carter (UMC)

The Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Carter Jr., pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., gives a thought-provoking sermon about judgment and the last day.