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…

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…

Seven From the Summit

Every year the Pacific Conference hosts the “Global Leadership Summit.” This year, it was a bit different as we encouraged Watch Parties, rather than a larger gathering. Eight of us gathered at the Conference Office for our Watch Party last Thursday and Friday. It was great to be together, to watch, learn, and share (even…

Four Qualities of a Servant Leader

Do you know that serving can be self-serving?  I can open the door for you, not because I want to help you, but because I want to look good! Serving can be done for all the wrong reasons, even in a COVID-19 world. It can be the ultimate “look at me!” opportunity. Today’s blog is…

Cancel Culture

Growing up, I was taught that there were at least two sides to every argument. Scripture reminds us that “The first to state his case seems right until his neighbor comes to cross-examine him” Proverbs 18:17 (GW). Getting another perspective is both wise and biblical! Regrettably, there is a growing intolerance to hear any other…

Lost in Translation

Communication is a complicated thing. Too often, our words are misunderstood. Our assumptions cloud the message. Someone said that “good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.” The cultural debate is plagued with misunderstanding. The radicalized left seems to believe that no good thing dwells within America nor its history. The strong language of…

Division

The enemy would love to bring division as we reopen our counties and reenter our church buildings. From smaller issues like wearing face coverings to the looming concerns addressing racism, there seems to be increasing questions and growing anxiety. LET’S TALK The Bible says that we are to be “eager to maintain the unity of…

Reopening Slowly

We are starting to reopen! This past weekend the Archdiocese of Portland began holding public services. Many counties in Oregon and Washington will be entering Phase 1. In Oregon, gatherings under 25 will be allowed, which includes religious gatherings.  In Washington, drive-in services are now permitted. So what does that mean for our churches in…