Pray For One Another

COVID has led some people to think they don’t need to be part of the church family. They say they are getting everything they need online or on their own. Guess what? The Bible says that’s impossible. There are no Lone Ranger Christians. Every metaphor of the church is about others. We are the “body…

Top Ten Ways to Honor Your Pastor

This year has been a tough year for all of us, our pastors, and church leaders too. The pandemic has changed almost everything, including our churches, and many of our leaders are growing fatigued just as they enter the seasons of Thanksgiving and Advent. (By the way, I’m so pleased with how our churches and…

The New Normal

FOR CHURCHES The church has always prospered under pressure. For the church, this is not the time to panic, but to be more intentional on the mission God has called us. I cling to the promise that Jesus gave us, “I will build my church, and the gates of hades will not prevail against it”…

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…

Our Statements

Our country is splintered. We are at a crossroads. One direction has the potential to bring great redemption; the other has the potential to bring great destruction. As Christians, we must care about the prejudice against the black community. We cannot be silent. Our silence denies the reality of racism. On the other hand, the…

Why Is This So Difficult?

A recent survey showed that 80% of Americans believe that the country is out of control. If your social media feed is anything like mine, you can scroll from #blacklivesmatter to “all lives matter” to “what’s the big deal?” in a matter of seconds. Every opinion is on display, often without regard for the pain…

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…

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:…