I haven’t always liked coffee. As a young kid, I thought it was an old person’s drink. Now I am old and I love coffee (at least when I’m feeling well – hate it when I’m sick). If you go anywhere in the Northwest, you’ll find a coffee shop. And more often than not, you’ll find locals with fierce loyalty to their neighborhood barista or roaster. Whether it’s Stumptown or Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Pete’s or Extracto, their fans can tell you why their favorite is the best (or why it’s worth waiting seven minutes for coffee at Coava.) Regardless of the location, our favorite coffee spot is frequently the place we meet friends for good conversation and a chance to talk about what we’re learning and the goals we’ve set.
I’m starting a blog. It’s “coffee time” we can spend together. Yes, I know a blog is mostly one way communication (I just found out that the word blog is a truncation of the expression web log) but I think we can still use this tool to “talk”. Every Wednesday, starting this first week in January, I plan to blog about ideas, share about ministry and what I’m learning, even get advice and input from you, I hope. (By the way, what are some topics you would like to dialogue about? I’d love to hear from you.)
Hi! I’m Randy. So much of ministry for me has been focused on the local church. I’ll miss it! For 31 years I’ve had the privilege of being a pastor at one church, New Hope Church in Bend. In fact, what I have to offer you as a superintendent is what I have learned and experienced in the local church.
In ministry there are exciting times and there are extreme disappointments. I know. During those celebratory times or times of discouragement, too often I was driven by numbers and outward success. I now know that the only success God wants is changed lives through Christ. One message that God has brought to my mind over and over again is Christ’s words,
“I am the vine, you are the branches.
Apart from me you can’t do anything.” (John 15)
It is only God that can change hearts. It is His church and not ours. As a Conference we need to depend on Christ alone and what he can do in and through us. I’m praying for you and that you will have the best year ever.
BEFORE YOU GO…
This past Sunday Steve Strutz let me know that he will not be able to speak at our Midwinter Retreat because of his dad’s health. Please pray for Bob and the family. He is very close to going to heaven. Also, I’ve asked Derry Long to share in Steve’s stead. Derry comes will a wealth of ministry background as a pastor, superintendent and staff person.
Now it’s your turn.
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