What We Can Learn from 2021

Small Church Leadership Trends As we continue to work through COVID and culture changes, the church is forced to re-examine what it is doing and why. In today’s blog I’m sharing Karl Vaters list of trends he observed in smaller churches.  As I read them over, I think they apply to larger churches as well….

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…

Eight Ways a Pastor Can Be Refreshed

Have you taken the time to thank your pastor? Peter Drucker, one of the world’s greatest leadership experts, once listed what he considered the four hardest jobs in the world. Here are those four: President of the United States, a university president, a CEO of a hospital, and a pastor. That’s incredible. If he’s right,…

Give Your Pastor Joy

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! As we reflect on our years in ministry, we remember how often people encouraged us. Hebrews 13:17 talks about being a joy to your leaders. For many pastors, joy has been illusive as they cope with extra stress from the pandemic and polarization in our churches. A recent survey indicated that…

Real Church (Part Two)

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 One)

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…

Three Reasons You’re Tired

Many of us are tired. Too often we work too many hours and try to do too much on our own. We think busy means we are important and believe our lack of margin indicates an increase in our worth. Sadly, without realizing it, we can become burned out physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. LET’S…

Sharpen Your Axe

We’ve all heard it said, “Work smarter, not harder!” Too often we are so busy getting things done we fail to take the time to learn and grow.  The Bible says that it is wise to stop and and take time increase our skills. “If the axe is dull and the blade unsharpened, more strength must…

Standing Against Racism

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death. This tragedy forced us to look at the reality of racism and injustice in our world and our personal lives. None of us should be quick to deny our biases, but humbly allow God to expose our prejudices and allow Him to change our hearts and…

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…