Who’s In Your Corner?

by Tom Hurt The other day I learned that one of my Junior High wrestling coaches passed away. It immediately took me back to my times of learning a new sport. Before going out for wrestling I had wrestled with brothers, friends, and likely my dad when I was too small to remember. All the…

Discovery = Discipleship

This month I’ve asked a few of our Conference leaders to share about their area of responsibility and passion for ministry. Today’s blog is by Pastor Jeremiah Duncan, our Director of the Board of Discipleship. Here’s what he’s thinking about these days… Let’s Talk I believe discipleship is really about discovery. Jesus used the power…

Remember…

We tend to forget. That’s why the Bible reminds us to “remember” so often. In Deuteronomy, Moses told Israel to “be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God…but remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he…

The Benefits of Play

Pastors who play together, stay together! Yes, I made that up!  However, is there a benefit to playing together as pastors? I think so!  Today’s blog is written by Pastor Jon Strutz who is leading our PC Network. The goal of this network is to get pastors and their spouses together to have some fun!…

Nothing Better Than Prayer

These past few days a group of pastors has gathered at Cannon Beach for a Prayer Retreat. It’s something I look forward to every year. In fact, I posted the comment that there’s “’nothing better than prayer!” I really believe that! LET’S TALK…. Here’s a fact: God wants prayer to be a priority in your…

Who Made You the Leader?

If our leadership comes through God-given abilities, His timing and placement, and a Christ-like heart, it’s likely that God made you the leader. If not, there may be some areas you (and I) need to work on.

Thirty-two of the Best Things Said at Midwinter Retreat

Right now pastors and spouses have gathered for our Annual Midwinter Retreat in Newport, OR. We are enjoying a time to get away and meet God and each other in a special way. One of the highlights has be under the teaching of A.J. Swoboda. His gentle, yet passionate approach to ministry has been refreshing…

Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic About Churches in 2019

Today’s blog is a repost from Thom Rainer. I love his optimism in the midst of the challenges many churches face. He writes, “Just yesterday, I received an email about a church that I thought was headed for closure. Through a series of God-blessed events, the church has turned the corner and will remain a…

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…