We are living in a world today that is filled with so much uncertainty and as we continue to celebrate Jesus in the midst of a  pandemic; we must realize that things have changed. Church ministry does not look or work the way it use to work. All throughout scripture people just like you and…

Read More

“How is your current church attendance compared to your pre-pandemic attendance?” If you’re like me, you’ve grown tired of that question. Yet, I can’t ignore it. I’ve crunched the data to answer it. I’ve even asked it. However, asking that question alone can leave us stuck in a potentially unhealthy comparison game. I recently returned to a biblical account that reminded me of the pre and post pandemic church attendance comparisons. The words of Ezra leapt off the page at me……

Read More

Has anyone else spent time this past year thinking about what other career they could be doing besides ministry? The thought entered my mind a few times, and I am certain I am not alone. Many of us have experienced an exodus of people, hurtful comments, betrayal, depression, abandonment…you name it and EFCA East Pastors…

Read More

Many of you are most likely familiar with the Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books. In these series of children’s books, where each story is written from a second-person point of view, the reader assumes the role of the main character, and makes choices that determine the outcome of the book. We are…

Read More

Well, it’s been a little over a year now since our world as church leaders was rocked to its core, as the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the world last spring and everything everywhere began shutting down. Most of us expected that first weekend of making the last-minute pivot to online services was going to be…

Read More

How many times have you preached or taught or written about the epidemic?  Not COVID, the other epidemic. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve preached “against” the epidemic of individualism in our culture. Not a red-faced rant kind of preaching, but a measured presentation of the costs we pay for becoming increasingly isolated…

Read More