Bad Advice

We all have heard it – “Follow your heart!” On the surface, that may seem like good advice, but in reality, it’s the worst advice we can give. Someone said it is as good as telling a person to cross a busy street blindfolded. LET’S TALK So why is following our heart so dangerous?  Our…

The Benefits of Consistency

Most of us have COVID fatigue. We are tired. One person said, “The quicker we get rid of these masks, the better.” I get that! I think we are almost there! Through all the ups and downs of this past year, one verse keeps coming back to me, “Therefore put on the full armor of…

Change and Conflict

You’ve heard it said, “The only one who likes change is a wet baby.” Change is always challenging, but is it necessary to move forward in our lives and ministry! Sadly, I have never seen significant change without conflict. The reason is that change involves a different direction. Simply put, If someone doesn’t agree with…

Standing Against Racism

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. This tragedy forced us to look at the reality of racism and injustice in our world and our personal lives. None of us should be quick to deny our biases, but humbly allow God to expose our prejudices and allow Him to change our hearts and…

Listen!

Many people assume they are good listeners. But, the fact is, listening does not come naturally. We tend to be preoccupied with our own agendas and feelings. In our rush to get things done, we fail to truly listen. LET’S TALK The Bible says that we are to be “quick to listen, slow to speak…

3C Living

This week is our annual Pastors and Spouses’ Retreat at Newport. It is so good to be with one another. One thing you can’t replace online is worshiping together (Thank you to the two Brians from New Hope for leading us in worship!) And, yes, the weather is great too. LET’S TALK Our guest speaker,…

Five Bible Verses that Should Challenge Every Church

For some, the Bible is just a book of stories. Those readers may enjoy the history and moral teachings, but for them, it is nothing more than information. For the Christian, however, the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. The Bible is literally God speaking to us. That is why it is central to…

Networking Works

I like the word “networking.” To network means to be interconnected with others. I’m not talking about a formal network, rather your connection with other pastors and leaders in the Conference and in our community. LET’S TALK… With COVID and all its restrictions, we need to network more now than ever. Here are some reasons…

How to Select Curriculum

A Guest Blog from the Board of Discipleship Choosing a curriculum for children’s ministry can be a challenge. There are so many factors when making a decision so how does a church make that decision. How does disciple making factor in? This month the Board of Discipleship shares about one option for children’s leaders. Let’s…

What’s a Leader To Do?

During these uncertain times, many of us at a loss for what to do next. However, as pastors and leaders, people are looking to us for godly wisdom and direction. This week’s blog is written by Charles Stone. He shares nine things from the Books of Acts that we need to do as we seek…

Renewal

As I reflect on Easter this past Sunday along with the springtime, one word keeps coming up in my mind – Renewal. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).  The word renewed means to…

The Power of Easter

This Sunday, billions of people worldwide will celebrate Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the way, we worship on Sunday rather than on Saturday because Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Every Sunday is an Easter Sunday! This past year has been a year many of…