Depreciating Others

Right now the housing market is in a slight slump. I find it interesting that we use the terms “appreciating” and “depreciating” regarding the value of a home. Of course, we always like to see our home go up in value and kind of panic when it goes down in value. Well, just like a…

Slow Down

Remember that Simon and Garfunkel tune that goes “Slow down, you move too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last?” For those under 40, probably not. I know, I’m old! But the fact is, I’m guilty of moving too fast too often.

The Caring Pastor

One of the privileges that I have, as a Conference Superintendent, is to make quarterly phone calls to the pastors in the Pacific Conference. It’s a time for me to catch up with their ministry and spend time praying together. Each time I try to focus on some area to talk about. This winter I’m…

Learning Leaders

We should all be learners. That is especially true of leaders. The day you stop learning, is the day you give up on leading. I really believe that. Most of the time, people can only go a far as their leader. The Apostle Paul was confident enough in his leadership that he wrote, “Whatever you…

A New Year’s Check Up

Happy New Year! Wow…2019! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I pray God blesses you this coming year, so you can be a blessing to others!  So how do you start out a New Year? 

Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic About Churches in 2019

Today’s blog is a repost from Thom Rainer. I love his optimism in the midst of the challenges many churches face. He writes, “Just yesterday, I received an email about a church that I thought was headed for closure. Through a series of God-blessed events, the church has turned the corner and will remain a…

The Real Meaning of Christmas

When asked the best thing about Christmas, answers range from vacation time to hot chocolate to ugly Christmas sweaters! In fact, in a list of the twenty-five best things about Christmas, carols, music, and a “time of giving,” come the closest to the real reason for the season. But the words Jesus, Savior, and Immanuel…

Doing Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

Many of us feel extra pressure during the Christmas season. In a recent poll taken by Think Finance, almost half of respondents said their level of stress related to holiday expenses is high or extremely high. Believe it or not, 45 percent indicated they would just as soon skip the season due to financial frustrations….

Your Christmas Visitors

Christmas is the most likely time you’ll have first-time attenders at church. It is so easy just to “go through the motions” and focus on the church family. However, during the holidays, people will drop in and others will bring family and friends, sometimes for the first time in a long time. 

Giving First

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday also known as the National Day of Giving. It’s interesting we put that day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have it backward, don’t we? –After all our getting, we add giving, almost as an afterthought. The Bible says it should be just the opposite: we should give first, not…

The Greatness of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving!  We’d all agree that being thankful is more than a holiday. We should be thankful every day! In fact, the Bible commands us to be thankful!  (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I believe God’s commandments are good for us. They are given to help us live a better life! LET’S TALK Interestingly, there has been…

Quotes from Conference

These past few days we’ve gathered our pastors and leaders for our Annual Conference. This is our business session but amidst the motions and seconds, approving the budget, and ratifying decisions, we’ve spent  time in meaningful prayer and learning about our Core Commitments as a tribe–what we believe matters most. The Conference will be over…