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…

Leading through the Covid-Crisis

Things aren’t normal, and we can’t lead like normal. Like any significant disruptor in life, we have a choice. We can complain about it (which I have done), or we can commit to making a difference (which I want to do). Leadership must take on a higher calling.  People are increasingly more anxious. Some have…

How I’m Surviving

(Staying the Course During a Virus Crisis) If you’re like me, you are going a bit stir crazy. I guess psychologists call it “Quarantine Fatigue.” I think I’ve caught it. I’m not working as much—I’d say about 60% of normal. This is usually my busiest time of the year because of our Local Conference Gatherings….

Reopening the Church Buildings

by Adam Dolhanyk It won’t be this Sunday, but soon our churches will begin to hold public services again. How soon will it happen? What changes can we anticipate? Today’s blog is by Adam Dolhanyk, Director of our Church Health Team and pastor of Faith on Hill in Milwaukie, Oregon. Here’s his perspective on how…

And Just Like That…

Four Benefits of Being Online And just like that, we are all online. From live streaming our services to interacting in a Zoom room, the church is communicating online like never before. Phil Cooke, a Christian TV producer, observed that “Right now, the Church is producing more media than Hollywood.” Think about that! Who would ever…

Longing for Normal

Everyone hopes to get back to normal as soon as possible! I’m praying for that! Yesterday, I went by the office to pick up a package UPS dropped off. After working from home for almost two weeks, it felt good to be driving to work. I even stayed in the office to work on an…

Four Silver Linings in the Coronavirus Crisis

Two questions many are asking are: “How long is this going to last?” and “How bad is it going to get?” Frustratingly, we don’t have the answer to either of those questions. In our planning, we need to prepare for this to continue for months, not weeks. We must anticipate further struggles and losses. However,…

Stretching Exercises for Leaders

Stretching physically prepares you for greater activity. It has important benefits like developing your flexibility and range of motion, increasing blood circulation, and even improving your performance in physical activities Just as an athlete would never train without stretching, leaders should not lead without stretching. To avoid circumstances that stretch us is to intentionally choose…

The Value of Your Valentine

(For Guys Only) Here is my best advice for a better marriage: Value your Valentine!  This is the litmus test. I can tell you how your relationship is going with your wife by how much you value her, period.  Guys, the reason your wife married you is that she felt valued by you. And I…

Five Things Every Leader Should Be Saying

Words matter. What we say has more impact than we think. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” So whether it’s the words you say to leaders, your…

Lapses in Leadership

Getting as old as I am, I get a chance to look back on my ministry and leadership. A few weeks ago, I shared about “making mistakes.” We all make them. What’s that saying, Hindsight is 20/20?  It’s true! There are many times I could have done things better and, yes, even differently. LET’S TALK…