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…

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…