Editor's note: This interview is part of a series.

Robert Schnase is the bishop of the Missouri Area of the United Methodist Church and served for 20 years as a pastor in south Texas. He is the author of three books from Abingdon Press, including his most recent work, “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.” Published in 2007, “Five Practices” frames what churches and their followers must practice to become fruitful: radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service and extravagant generosity.