The Power of Easter

This Sunday, billions of people worldwide will celebrate Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the way, we worship on Sunday rather than on Saturday because Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Every Sunday is an Easter Sunday! This past year has been a year many of…

Some Things That Will Stay

As we come out of COVID, there are some changes that will stay beyond the lockdown.  We are all sick of the phrase new normal but there’s no denying that our post-covid normal will be impacted by our pandemic experiences.  Recently, Nelson Searcy said that 80% of the way we did church before COVID will…

Three Options

Conditions don’t make us; but what we do with them does. Seth Godin wrote that we have three options in any situation: we can react, respond, or initiate. I think he is right. Humanly speaking, that is probably the extent of what we can do. The most crucial thing isn’t what happens to us but…

Church and Politics

Two things you are never supposed to talk about – religion and politics. In reality, we are preoccupied with both, and along with that, have increased anxiety and disagreements. I’m not a “the sky is falling” type of person, but I think we need to be aware of the shifts in our culture and their…

Four Shifts Every Church Must Make

Our purpose in the Pacific Conference is to “help build healthy local churches.” Every church has areas of health as well as areas of needed growth! There is no perfect church, and every church should be open to change. Before I forget, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Gary McIntosh at tomorrow’s Zoom Room…

Consider 2020 a Pure Joy!

Hasn’t 2020 been fun? Many have called this past year as “the worst year ever.” Someone named it the “Blurr of 2020.” The surging effects of the COVID pandemic, politics and cultural clashes have left us isolated, confused, and anxious. Many people are feeling overwhelmed.  We can’t control what happens around us, but we can…

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…