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The Eastern District is a mission field with approximately 43 million inhabitants and many communities in dramatic need of Gospel witness.

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Our churches are spread across a geographically and culturally diverse section of the Northeast including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and our nation's capitol. 

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The Eastern District is a movement, not just a loosely affiliated organization or institution. We are connected and growing together - committed to seeing each other thrive for the sake of the Gospel.  

In and Out of Season

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. – 2 Timothy 4:2 Never in my life has it felt more out of season than this year. A global pandemic that has altered every aspect of life, including church life, ever-deepening partisan divides that amount to fundamentalism on both sides of the aisle,…

Are We Bigger Than A Building?

Pastoring in this pandemic has been challenging for me and I have personally been praying that God would give me a real sense of what we call fellowship. What I have come to realize is that I have always thought fellowship and the Church was all about being in a building. I needed God to broaden my…

Crossing The Finish Line

  In the fall of 2019, our son texted me this picture indicating he had just completed a marathon in Leadville, CO.  A few minutes after sending the text he called and breathlessly told me that he had run the race with a time that qualified him to compete in a 100 mile ultra-race at…

What Is Shaped In Solitude and Stillness?

Stillness. Quiet. Solitude. Sometimes when I invite solitude into my day, or it forces itself on me, I think about my grandmothers, Lucy Jones and Emma Martin. Both were mothers to 13 children. Believe it or not, I remember a quietness and a sense of stillness about both of them. I was raised in Flint,…

What Is Essential?

I bet you’ve been using words you never thought you would use – quarantine, social distancing, pandemic, non-essential. In today’s post, Tony Balsamo is talking about what is actually essential during this time that we couldn’t have expected. Join us for a time of guided prayer and worship on Saturday, May 16th from 10-11:30am. REGISTER…

Worship In The Time Of Covid

  What a strange time to be a worship leader! At the time I’m writing this, most of us are heading into our fifth weekend since most states, and eventually the Federal Government, shut down all large gatherings and changed everything we thought we knew about doing ministry. At this point, I’ve actually spent more weekends…

Now What?

  Last night at about 11:30 I snuck out our front door, moving along the sidewalk and down my neighbor’s driveway to plant the Gatorade-green “You Are Loved” sign a church member had left for us three days ago. I did not get caught. A week ago, my wife and I produced a four minute…

Preserving Your Own Heart (And Sanity)

  I had a moment this past week that almost broke me… We were recording our service at 7pm. And I couldn’t get my brain to slow down enough to even focus on the blinking cursor in front of me long enough to type a single sentence. I have literally been dreaming at night about…

Don’t Doubt What God Can Do In This Temporary New Normal

In the days that we are living in, it can seem so difficult to get up every morning in the middle of what looks and feels like a desert/wilderness kind of place. But as Believers in the midst of this pandemic we must not allow the challenge of what we are facing to tempt us…

3 Ways To See Another Instead Of An Other

Biologically speaking, you are 99.9% identical to any other human being on this planet and yet that final 0.1% makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? That final tenth of a percent creates diversity in our hair color, eye color, skin color, height, predisposition to various diseases, or immunity to other…

Women: Forerunners To A Great Movement

When I was a youth, there was one individual whose life and legacy set the tone for my own calling in ministry. That  person served in the children’s ministry at the church I grew up attending. What made her presence there unique is that she was there not because the…

To Be or To Do: That Is The Question.

Take 30 seconds. Close your eyes. Think of the leader who has had the most impact on your life. Stop. Do not read on until you’ve identified someone. Take another 30 seconds. Close your eyes. Answer this question. Was that person’s impact on your life due to what they did…

The Two Biggest Challenges Of Multicultural Ministry

NOTE: This post was written right before COVID-19 shut most things down and we had to bank it in order to cover pandemic related content. With the backdrop of racial turmoil currently sweeping our nation, it serves to highlight the critical importance of tackling this challenging area of the church’s…

Should We Ask Forgiveness?

As a child, I remember having literal fist-fights with my older brother. When I reached the age and strength in which I could finally defend myself, I was fully engaged in sibling warfare. Yet, no matter how emotional or physical it got, we were forced by our parents to do…

Fathers, Ask for Their Heart (And, Preachers, Write a Poem)

I sympathize with fellow church leaders who wrestle with what to do at church on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Some of us avoid them altogether, as if they didn’t exist, while others craft the sermon, even the service, around the day. I once heard a pastor remark that those…

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