Our Attitude of Gratitude

Being thankful can be tough during trying times. COVID-19 and cultural tensions have left us stretched and stressed. Juxtaposed to our tensions is tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day. For me, this annual holiday reminds me that everyday should be filled with gratitude, especially for family and friends. LET’S TALK Did you know that one of the healthiest…

The Challenge of Setting Healthy Boundaries

Healthy boundaries are often hard to set, especially for those of us in ministry. Fitting “fences” are essential to living a healthy, balanced life. Someone defined boundaries this way: “It is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not.” We need to know when…

Random Quotes from Annual Conference

Well, we made it through our Annual Conference entirely online! We appreciate everyone who logged in and participated. Thank you! I love our Conference of churches and the joy of working together for Christ’s kingdom! Remember that we will post all our sessions on the website so you can watch them on demand.  This includes…

5 Things I Appreciate About Us

I was 22 years old when I came down from Canada to this Conference. I had accepted a position as Youth Pastor in our Yakima Church with Pastor Bob Cochell. I remember the first time I set foot on the Jennings Lodge Camp Grounds. Arriving just before noon, I was met with that long line…

This Is Us

It is only twelve days until our Annual Conference (November 9-10). The theme this year is “This Is Us!” Yes, we stole that title from the TV series on NBC, which centers around one family’s history and life challenges. The Bible says that we are also a family. We believe that churches are better together….

Pray For One Another

COVID has led some people to think they don’t need to be part of the church family. They say they are getting everything they need online or on their own. Guess what? The Bible says that’s impossible. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. Every metaphor of the church is about others. We are the “body…

Top Ten Ways to Honor Your Pastor

This year has been a tough year for all of us, our pastors, and church leaders too. The pandemic has changed almost everything, including our churches, and many of our leaders are growing fatigued just as they enter the seasons of Thanksgiving and Advent. (By the way, I’m so pleased with how our churches and…

The Art of Disagreeing

Tensions are on the rise. As the crisis of the pandemic continues, the social unrest and racial tension build, and the election looms large on the horizon, we all find ourselves with less and less margin. It’s as if we are water up to our ears just making it through the day, making any minor…

The New Normal

FOR CHURCHES The church has always prospered under pressure. For the church, this is not the time to panic, but to be more intentional on the mission God has called us. I cling to the promise that Jesus gave us, “I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it”…

The New Normal

FOR PASTORS AND LEADERS I’ve said this often. Don’t expect to go back to normal. In fact, if you are just waiting to get back to church-as-usual, you’re missing out on what God wants to do.  Let’s Talk So what is the new normal we can expect? As I’ve listened and learned, here are four…

Four Essentials Every Church Must Know

Who could have anticipated all the changes and crises of 2020? The COVID pandemic that has caused many to become sick and even die. Schools have been canceled, restaurants closed, churches limited in meeting together. Added to that are the cultural issues of racism and social upheaval. And now the raging forest fires and debilitating…

The Significance of Submission

In our Conference of churches, one of our distinctives is that we belong to a  “Connectional” system. What does that mean? We believe local churches are to be accountable and submitted to one other. In other words, we don’t have “stand-alone” congregations. We are part of a larger church family. We have a covering of…