Theology in Community

by Jeremiah Duncan and Mitch Lee We are pleased to introduce a new series of community learning opportunities, called Theology in Community.  The first offering will be a 4 part series on Women in Ministry.    Let’s Talk The Pacific Conference is often described as a ‘relational system’. To be our best, we need to learn…

Church and Politics

Two things you are never supposed to talk about – religion and politics. In reality, we are preoccupied with both, and along with that, have increased anxiety and disagreements. I’m not a “the sky is falling” type of person, but I think we need to be aware of the shifts in our culture and their…

Four Shifts Every Church Must Make

Our purpose in the Pacific Conference is to “help build healthy local churches.” Every church has areas of health as well as areas of needed growth! There is no perfect church, and every church should be open to change. Before I forget, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Gary McIntosh at tomorrow’s Zoom Room…

12 Things that Kill Good Leadership

There is a proverb that says, “If you think you are leading and no one is following you, then you are only taking a walk.” We may wonder why people are not responding well to our leadership. The reason may stem from certain attitudes and actions we allow in our lives. Today’s blog lists 12…

Three Tensions in Tough Times

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” COVID-19 has exposed us all. It shows what we are made of. As always, leadership is about managing the tension for the good…

9 Things Re-Gathered Churches Are Learning

Most of our churches in the Pacific Conference are meeting in person. As we gather together we realize how important being together is for the church to be healthy and effective. Today’s blog is from Chuck Lawless who shares some things that re-gathered churches are realizing. Originally posted by Chuck Lawless. LET’S TALK Chuck writes this:…

What Now?

All of us are distraught about events that transpired last Wednesday in our nation’s capital and in the Capitol itself. It’s difficult to process it all. As if we needed one more crisis! We are a divided country. Mistrust and misinformation fuel the hatred. One commentator said that we had more in common during the…

2021 – More & Less!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I do, sort of. For me, this time of year gives me a chance to rethink my goals and how I’m living my life. It is time well spent for us all to pause and think about this coming year. Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing…

Consider 2020 a Pure Joy!

Hasn’t 2020 been fun? Many have called this past year as “the worst year ever.” Someone named it the “Blurr of 2020.” The surging effects of the COVID pandemic, politics and cultural clashes have left us isolated, confused, and anxious. Many people are feeling overwhelmed.  We can’t control what happens around us, but we can…

Do Not Be Afraid – We Have a Savior!

THE SHEPHERDS (Part 4 of 4) “The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11 (NIV) Merry Christmas! In two…

Do Not Be Afraid – Follow God Fully!

JOSEPH (Part 3 of 4) Think of the crisis that Joseph faced that first Christmas: Mary was pregnant, and he knew he wasn’t the father! The Bible records that “…Joseph her husband, was a righteous man and was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly. But after he had pondered these…