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:…

Great Quotes from our Midwinter Retreat

This week is our annual Midwinter Retreat in Newport. It’s a time when pastors and ministry leaders and their spouses carve out time to take a deep breath and reconnect—with each other and God.  Our speaker this year is Rick McKinley. He is the founding pastor of Imago Dei in Portland, Oregon. With our theme…

Overheard at Annual Conference

This week we held our Annual Conference in the Pacific Conference. It’s a time when we gather to conduct the business of the conference–approve budgets, hear reports, and ratify motions. But it’s also a time to build deeper connections with one another. After all, the conference is just another expression of the church; intentionally engaging…

Ten Things I’m Excited About!

Next Monday we have our Annual Conference (November 11-13). This is a time our local churches come together for worship, encouragement, and business. It is more than an event or a meeting, it is, literally, the church gathered! LET’S TALK… Here are ten things I’m personally excited about regarding our upcoming Annual Conference! Our focus….

30 of My Favorite Take Aways from GLS 2019

Last week we hosted the simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit. It’s two days of top-level speakers addressing leadership in every area of life. Whether you’re young or old, pursuing the sacred or secular, in a position of authority, middle management, or the new intern, everyone has influence. The Leadership Summit is held every year…

Some Myths About Turnaround

Most churches need a turnaround! Odds are, your church needs one, too. By that, I mean, we all need to experience renewed life and health in our church families. The sad thing is that many ignore the need for revitalization until it’s too late. In Revelation 3:1-2, this startling warning is given to the church…

Where Are Your Oxen?

One of the hardest things for many of us to do is to ask for help! However, ministry is never a one-person show! We need help! Without it, the church is anemic, and we’re exhausted. The church is supposed to function as a body made of many functioning parts. We are a family where all…

What’s a Pastor to Give?

Some Financial Advice for Pastors Money is a big deal. We spend our lives making it, spending it, saving it and, of course, worrying about it. No wonder the Bible gives multiple warnings about riches. Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). Paul concluded that the love of money is the…

Gatekeepers

by James Carmichael James serves as the chairman of our Board of Ministry. The Board provides an important service in our tribe as they guide men and women along the path to vocational ministry. We thought it was important to share their task so that you can understand the process and pray for them with…

Missions and Chaos

By Wayne Schock Wayne Schock is our Conference’s Director of Cross-Cultural Outreach. If your church is looking for someone to help you reach out to immigrants and various ethnic groups in your community, this is the guy you need to talk with. I’ve asked Wayne to share a bit about his experience in missions and…

New Life

Recently, the Pacific Conference hired Mitch Lee as our part-time Director of Church Planting. I’ve asked him to write this week’s blog. He shares a great perspective on how we should be leading in today’s church. Here is Mitch’s challenge. He is risen, indeed! Sharing the story of God come to earth, showing us the…