When We All Get Together

Remember that old kid’s song, “The more we get together, the happier we will be?” Well, I’m wondering how happy we’ll be getting back together into our buildings. Seriously. Right now, pastors and churches are being pulled in many directions. Some want to open up everything right now while others want to wait until everything…

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…

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…

Six Prayers for this Easter

This Easter is like none other we have ever experienced. Yet, Christ has still risen!  Amen! His Church is still the Church, whether we are gathered or scattered. We may be apart, but we can come together in worship and prayer. LET’S TALK In fact, prayer is our greatest privilege. It is our opportunity to…

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,…

The Church and the Coronavirus

URGENT: As of this week all of our churches need to suspend public worship services and meetings.  This applies to both Oregon and Washington. There is nothing normal at this point. If you are like me, you wonder if everyone is overreacting and pray that this will all pass in a few days. Well, this…

Church For Us (Part 2)

How does a church die? By doing nothing. If a church is not willing to change, it will evitably grow inward and old. We get stuck doing what we’ve always done and thinking if we just try harder, things will turn around. It doesn’t. Here is a diagram of the life of a typical church:…

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…

Social Media Etiquette & Ethics

Social Media is here is stay. We can’t ignore it. 79% of Americans have some kind of social profile. It is something we need to utilize in communicating with the church and the world around us. However, just like any tool, it can be used for good, or it can be used to destroy. LET’S…

One Essential for Effectiveness

We’ve started 2020 with the challenge to slow down and reflect. Take time to pray and plan. Don’t rush into this new year (see New Year blogs). However, failure is inevitable if all we had were good intentions and plans.  There is one essential we must possess in order to be effective – it is…