New Life

Recently, the Pacific Conference hired Mitch Lee as our part-time Director of Church Planting. I’ve asked him to write this week’s blog. He shares a great perspective on how we should be leading in today’s church. Here is Mitch’s challenge. He is risen, indeed! Sharing the story of God come to earth, showing us the…

Who’s In Your Corner?

by Tom Hurt The other day I learned that one of my Junior High wrestling coaches passed away. It immediately took me back to my times of learning a new sport. Before going out for wrestling I had wrestled with brothers, friends, and likely my dad when I was too small to remember. All the…

Discovery = Discipleship

This month I’ve asked a few of our Conference leaders to share about their area of responsibility and passion for ministry. Today’s blog is by Pastor Jeremiah Duncan, our Director of the Board of Discipleship. Here’s what he’s thinking about these days… Let’s Talk I believe discipleship is really about discovery. Jesus used the power…

Remember…

We tend to forget. That’s why the Bible reminds us to “remember” so often. In Deuteronomy, Moses told Israel to “be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God…but remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he…

The Benefits of Play

Pastors who play together, stay together! Yes, I made that up!  However, is there a benefit to playing together as pastors? I think so!  Today’s blog is written by Pastor Jon Strutz who is leading our PC Network. The goal of this network is to get pastors and their spouses together to have some fun!…

What Pastors Can Learn from Missionaries

When I was young, I thought I was going to be a missionary. Growing up in a pastor’s house, we had tons of missionaries in our home. I loved to hear their stories. When in High School I took my first missionary trip to Colombia, South America. Later, in college, I spent a summer in…

Nothing Better Than Prayer

These past few days a group of pastors has gathered at Cannon Beach for a Prayer Retreat. It’s something I look forward to every year. In fact, I posted the comment that there’s “’nothing better than prayer!” I really believe that! LET’S TALK…. Here’s a fact: God wants prayer to be a priority in your…

Who Made You the Leader?

If our leadership comes through God-given abilities, His timing and placement, and a Christ-like heart, it’s likely that God made you the leader. If not, there may be some areas you (and I) need to work on.

Who’s On Your Team?

One of the most significant factors in your ministry is the people you have around you. Last week we talked about the fact that every leader has strengths and every leader has weaknesses (Prophet, Priest or King). Your effectiveness will be determined by your team. Too often we do everything ourselves or fail to find…

Prophet, Priest, or King?

Did you know that Christ’s ministry could be summarized in three primary roles? He was a prophet, priest, and king. Jesus was the ultimate prophet, proclaiming the gospel (Mark 1:15). He was the great high priest, caring for the needy and sick (Mark 1:34). He was the conquering king, calling and leading others (Mark 1:17)….

Appreciating Others

The other week  I shared a blog entitled “Depreciating Others.” Just like a house can depreciate, we can devalue people. When you think about it, almost every interaction we have with another person leaves us feeling either appreciated or less significant. We all want to be appreciated and that begins with us appreciating others. LET’S…

Thirty-two of the Best Things Said at Midwinter Retreat

Right now pastors and spouses have gathered for our Annual Midwinter Retreat in Newport, OR. We are enjoying a time to get away and meet God and each other in a special way. One of the highlights has be under the teaching of A.J. Swoboda. His gentle, yet passionate approach to ministry has been refreshing…