Renewal

As I reflect on Easter this past Sunday along with the springtime, one word keeps coming up in my mind – Renewal. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16).  The word renewed means to…

Theology in Community

by Jeremiah Duncan and Mitch Lee We are pleased to introduce a new series of community learning opportunities, called Theology in Community.  The first offering will be a 4 part series on Women in Ministry.    Let’s Talk The Pacific Conference is often described as a ‘relational system’. To be our best, we need to learn…

Three Tensions in Tough Times

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” COVID-19 has exposed us all. It shows what we are made of. As always, leadership is about managing the tension for the good…

What Now?

All of us are distraught about events that transpired last Wednesday in our nation’s capital and in the Capitol itself. It’s difficult to process it all. As if we needed one more crisis! We are a divided country. Mistrust and misinformation fuel the hatred. One commentator said that we had more in common during the…

Our Attitude of Gratitude

Being thankful can be tough during trying times. COVID-19 and cultural tensions have left us stretched and stressed. Juxtaposed to our tensions is tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day. For me, this annual holiday reminds me that everyday should be filled with gratitude, especially for family and friends. LET’S TALK Did you know that one of the healthiest…

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…

Courageous or Cowardly?

Remember the classic movie, Wizard of Oz? One of the characters that made us laugh was the Cowardly Lion. If something went BUMP, he would jump. He was always afraid and lacked the courage to face, well, anything. It may have been comical, but no one wants to live in fear. We need courage. Nothing…

Wear a Mask in Church!

Maybe you’ve noticed how hard it is to agree on things these days. Every topic feels like an unresolveable argument just waiting to happen. From the presidential election to the politics of a pandemic to the police and how we promote justice in light of our country’s legacy of slavery, I don’t recall a time…

5 Things I Know About (Almost) Every Pastor Right Now

Yes, we are heading back to a new normal. The scary thing is that there are a lot of moving parts during this transition time. God said that if we lack wisdom, we need to ask Him for it (James 1:5). We need clarity and confidence as we restart ministries and reenter our facilities. Let’s…

Take Me to Your Leader

John Maxwell made an impact on my ministry and leadership. I remember when he visited us at Jennings Lodge in the early ’80s to share the “Reach Out In Love” program. It centered around four ministries: an Abraham prayer ministry, a Barnabas friendship ministry, an Andrew evangelism ministry, and a Timothy discipleship ministry.  It offered…

Why It’s Tougher to Grow Sunday Church

Gone are the days when you could do a bit of advertising, open the doors of the church, and see people stream in. Many of us “old-timers” may come up with some pat answers like you need to work harder or go back to the good ole days of revival meetings, but the fact is,…

20/20 Vision

Happy New Year! A new decade! 2020! Wow! As we begin this new year, one of the most important things we can bring to it is clarity. The fact that it is 2020 reminds us that we all need 20/20 vision. The American Optometric Association states that “having 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean you…