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…

Zoom Gloom

Whether you call it Zoom Fatigue or Zoom Gloom, many of us are experiencing overload from being online. If you type “why are zoom meetings…” into a google search, the top three options are “so exhausting,” “so awkward,” and “so boring!” Yikes. Our exposure to video meetings has left us wanting and wondering about their…

Four Continuing Challenges Every Pastor Faces

One of the privileges I have is regularly talking and praying with pastors. Sometimes we forget that pastors are people too, and they struggle during this time, just like all of us. LET’S TALK Here are four continuing challenges every pastor is facing right now. I’ve also added a prayer for each area to remind…

Five Pleasant Surprises While Ministering During COVID-19

If you’re like me, its so easy to go “negative” in the midst of the uncertainty, confusion, and division in our world. We need to remember that God is still on the throne and is working in every situation we face (Romans 8:28). One way we remind ourselves is by practicing gratitude. There’s some logic…

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…

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…