Comments from Gen Con

Hi from the Bozeman, Montana! The Evangelical Church Denomination is starting on Day 2 of our General Conference. Six Conferences from across the country are meeting together for the business of prayer and planning, and inspiration. It’s great to see old friends and meet new ones! Please be praying for our time together and the…

So, what’s in a name?

You may not know this, but I go by my second name. Yep! My full name is Arvin Randall Myers. However, my parents have called me “Randy” from the get-go. You may ask, who would call their newborn “Arvin?” Part of the reason is that my dad was trying to follow a family tradition in…

Things Overheard at Midyear Retreat

Linda and I have always enjoyed “Midwinter Retreat,” which is now called our Midyear Retreat (since we meet in May). We look forward to the time away, being with fellow pastors and leaders, walking the beach, and even playing some games. Worshiping, praying, and growing together. Everything makes it a special time together. Let’s Talk…

Dating a Denomination

Many of you know there are talks with the Missionary Church about the possibility of joining them as a Denomination. For some, it may be moving too slow and for others, too fast and for others, we shouldn’t be moving at all. (A fable with a young girl and some bears comes to mind.) At…

You Need a Coach!

I happen to believe that every one of us needs a coach. No pastor or church leader should go it alone. One survey said that 90% of pastors feel unprepared for their current challenges.   LET’S TALK… I wrote a post a while back that shared how I have benefited from coaching. Here are a…

The Priority of Prayer

This coming year the theme for the Pacific Conference is “IMPACT.”  We can only make an impact as we depend on God. Someone said, “Prayer can do anything God can do.”  The call to pray is one of Scripture’s most commonly mentioned commands. “The first thing I want you to do is pray.” (1 Timothy…

“Quotes from Conference”

This morning we completed our Annual Conference at Valley View Church! We had a wonderful two and a half days of fellowship, worship and learning! Dan Kimball of The ReGeneration Project challenged and encouraged us during the Break Out Sessions and in the evening gathering. Here are a few quotes from Conference! They are not…

Getting Ready for Annual Conference

GOOD MORNING! Next week we gather for our Annual Conference in Portland, November 15-17. Last year we were online, but we get to gather in person this year – I can hardly wait. The theme of the Conference is “Real Church.” COVID has caused us to step back and reevaluate what church is all about….

Why Belong to the Pacific Conference

Many pastors and churches have wondered about the value of belonging to a Conference of churches (and our Denomination). Before anyone becomes defensive, that’s a legitimate and important question. Why should we be together? LET’S TALK…     This is not just a newbie concern. During my time as Superintendent, two of our oldest congregations have…

Getting to Know Our Churches (Part Nine)

Our Conference theme for 2021 is Real Church. It only seemed appropriate to remind ourselves of what it truly means to be the church as we begin to walk through (what we hope is) post-pandemic. What we learned over the past year and more is that the church is not the building, it is not…

Real Church (Part Eight)

Our Conference theme for 2021 is Real Church. It only seemed appropriate to remind ourselves of what it truly means to be the church as we begin to walk through (what we hope is) post-pandemic. What we learned over the past year and more is that the church is not the building, it is not…

Real Church (Part Seven)

Our Conference theme for 2021 is Real Church. It only seemed appropriate to remind ourselves of what it truly means to be the church as we begin to walk through (what we hope is) post-pandemic. What we learned over the past year and more is that the church is not the building, it is not…