Quotes from Conference

These past few days we’ve gathered our pastors and leaders for our Annual Conference. This is our business session but amidst the motions and seconds, approving the budget, and ratifying decisions, we’ve spent  time in meaningful prayer and learning about our Core Commitments as a tribe–what we believe matters most. The Conference will be over…

Conference is Coming!

Yes, Conference is coming! Next week is our Annual Conference at Valley View Church (November 12-14, 2018). I look forward to seeing many of you! Once again, we’re moving our time together away from the exclusively business and information formats of the past and adding what we hope will be encouraging and inspiring. Yes, we…

Five Takeaways from the Exponential Conference

The last two days, five of us pastors have attended the Exponential Conference in San Jose, CA. We had a great time of worship, learning, and getting to know each other better. Exponential is a church planting movement committed to producing multiplying leaders and churches. Church Planting is still one of the most effective ways…

A Rant About Women in Ministry

This is my second rant this month. A few weeks ago I blogged about ordination and education. Today, I’d like to talk about women in ministry. Currently, our Denomination ordains only men as elders. We tend to use the term elder and pastor interchangeably. We also “commission” men and women into specific areas of leadership…

36 Great Quotes from the Leadership Summit – 2018

This past week the Pacific Conference hosted the Global Leadership Summit via online streaming. We had a great time of learning and fellowship together. It may have been best roster of speakers ever! You can check out a highlight video (scroll down) on our website. Here are some great quotes from the event.

A Rant About Education, Ordination, and Ministry

I read that the average cost of a wedding in 2016 was over $35,000 dollars.[1] I would be all for spending that kind of money if there was a guarantee that the more you paid for a wedding, the better the marriage, but that just isn’t true. If there’s no correlation between wedding-spending and marriage-success,…

Four Reasons to Attend the Global Leadership Summit

You don’t want to miss this year’s “Global Leadership Summit.” Mark the dates… August 9th and 10th. A church in your region may be hosting it, but we are also streaming it at the Conference Office in Portland. I would love to have you join me for this summit. At the end of this blog,…

What I Heard at General Convention!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a wonderful time with friends and family! These past few days we have been part of our General Conference in Portland, Oregon. This is a meeting that takes place every four years and gathers our leaders from all of our Conferences across the nation. We do a…

Gathering Together

Next weekend we gather together for our General Conference in Portland (June 30-July 2). We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary as a Denomination. Wow! We are a relatively young group of churches with a strong historical past. Did you know that our roots go back to the first denomination founded in America? So why…

The Small Church & Millennials

Years ago, most people would wake up on Sunday mornings and get ready for church. Not so in the post-Christian community of today. That doesn’t mean everyone isn’t a believer, but that the culture as a whole has forgotten and abandoned their Christian roots and values. Today people don’t even think of church. Our church…

What Matters Most

This year, the theme of our Pacific Conference is “What Matters Most.” Too often we become distracted by so many good things that we can neglect the most important things. Recently I worked together with some other pastors to come up with a short list of WHAT MATTERS MOST for us as a conference of…

Next Year in Jerusalem!

Today a group of twenty-four, led by two of our School of Ministry professors, will depart PDX, destination Israel. They’ll spend just shy of two weeks in the Holy Land where they will join the faithful at the Eastern Wall, walk with the sorrowing on the Via Dolorosa, and celebrate at the Garden Tomb. They’ll…