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….

21 Questions to Start Your New Year

Happy New Year! This past year has hit us with many things. Many of us are tired, discouraged, and distracted. It may be difficult to even think of New Year’s resolutions when so many things are uncertain. To be honest, I’m not much of a New Years’ resolution type of guy. I do like setting…

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…

Three Ways to Avoid Conflict This Christmas

Christmas gatherings are a wonderful time to deepen our relationships with family and friends. They can also be a time of tension and division. Recently someone forwarded me an article written by Ron Hutchcraft. He writes, “Do not allow yourself to be dragged into the issues that are dividing and polarizing people. Many of them are…

‘Tis the Season

Many years ago, our church started a Christmas emphasis called “Spend Less, Give More.” We encouraged everyone to spend less on themselves in order to be more generous during Christmas. We were able to bless others in need, both locally and globally. It also changed our family’s perspective of Christmas.  To this day Linda and…

Getting Christmas Right

Christmas is the most widely observed holiday in the world. Nine out of ten people in America will celebrate Christmas (Pew Research). However, if you were to ask people why they are celebrating Christmas, you’d get all kinds of answers. “I’m just glad to be back together despite COVID.”“We just celebrate life!”“The lights are so…

Don’t Miss Christmas!

Have you ever thought of the people who missed the first Christmas? The Bible shares how some people who were alive when Jesus was born didn’t experience it. I’ve heard a number of sermons on the topic and thought I’d share some of my observations. LET’S TALK Theirs is a cautionary tale about our Christmas….

Grateful or Grumpy?

You’ve heard the joke: A wife is asked, “Did you wake up grumpy this morning?” She replies, “No, I let him sleep in!” Ha! Ha! Well, I confess, I can be grumpy at times, especially during COVID. Yet, I know that is not God’s best. The Bible says that we are to “give thanks in…

“Quotes from Conference”

This morning we completed our Annual Conference at Valley View Church! We had a wonderful two and a half days of fellowship, worship and learning! Dan Kimball of The ReGeneration Project challenged and encouraged us during the Break Out Sessions and in the evening gathering. Here are a few quotes from Conference! They are not…

Getting Ready for Annual Conference

GOOD MORNING! Next week we gather for our Annual Conference in Portland, November 15-17. Last year we were online, but we get to gather in person this year – I can hardly wait. The theme of the Conference is “Real Church.” COVID has caused us to step back and reevaluate what church is all about….

Why Belong to the Pacific Conference

Many pastors and churches have wondered about the value of belonging to a Conference of churches (and our Denomination). Before anyone becomes defensive, that’s a legitimate and important question. Why should we be together? LET’S TALK…     This is not just a newbie concern. During my time as Superintendent, two of our oldest congregations have…

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,…