Five Bible Verses that Should Challenge Every Church

For some, the Bible is just a book of stories. Those readers may enjoy the history and moral teachings, but for them, it is nothing more than information. For the Christian, however, the Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. The Bible is literally God speaking to us. That is why it is central to…

Networking Works

I like the word “networking.” To network means to be interconnected with others. I’m not talking about a formal network, rather your connection with other pastors and leaders in the Conference and in our community. LET’S TALK… With COVID and all its restrictions, we need to network more now than ever. Here are some reasons…

How to Select Curriculum

A Guest Blog from the Board of Discipleship Choosing a curriculum for children’s ministry can be a challenge. There are so many factors when making a decision so how does a church make that decision. How does disciple making factor in? This month the Board of Discipleship shares about one option for children’s leaders. Let’s…

What’s a Leader To Do?

During these uncertain times, many of us at a loss for what to do next. However, as pastors and leaders, people are looking to us for godly wisdom and direction. This week’s blog is written by Charles Stone. He shares nine things from the Books of Acts that we need to do as we seek…

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…

The Power of Easter

This Sunday, billions of people worldwide will celebrate Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By the way, we worship on Sunday rather than on Saturday because Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Every Sunday is an Easter Sunday! This past year has been a year many of…

Staying out of HARM’s Way

by Linda Myers A few years back, we took a guided hike along the San Andreas Fault. Somehow I ended up in front of the line, leading the way. The guide ran up and said, “You’d better let me in front since I know how to spot snakes that are hiding along the trail. That…

Some Things That Will Stay

As we come out of COVID, there are some changes that will stay beyond the lockdown.  We are all sick of the phrase new normal but there’s no denying that our post-covid normal will be impacted by our pandemic experiences.  Recently, Nelson Searcy said that 80% of the way we did church before COVID will…

Discipleship

From the Board of Discipleship Let Us Introduce Ourselves Discipleship is what the church is called to do. It is a command from Jesus Himself— “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20). However, this doesn’t happen automatically. It only occurs in churches that are intentional about it. Disciple making can very easily seem like an overwhelming…

Three Options

Conditions don’t make us; but what we do with them does. Seth Godin wrote that we have three options in any situation: we can react, respond, or initiate. I think he is right. Humanly speaking, that is probably the extent of what we can do. The most crucial thing isn’t what happens to us but…

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…

Church and Politics

Two things you are never supposed to talk about – religion and politics. In reality, we are preoccupied with both, and along with that, have increased anxiety and disagreements. I’m not a “the sky is falling” type of person, but I think we need to be aware of the shifts in our culture and their…