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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…