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:…

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…