A few months ago I wrote about St. John’s Syndrome.  St John’s syndrome is described as “the tendency of churches to become less effective the longer they are in existence.”  The two keys to overcoming St. John’s Syndrome are to rediscover the original values of the church (“do the things you did at first/ going…

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by Peter Johnson You may remember that I took a forced sabbatical due to a slip and fall accident that resulted in several weeks in a dark, quiet room to allow my broken rib and concussion to heal. After a number of medical tests it was confirmed that aside from being clumsy I am pretty healthy. …

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By Pete Johnson It can be daunting to think about all the people who still need Jesus in our area of ministry. There are some 8.4 million people in NYC, 1.5 million in Philly, 622,000 in Baltimore, 658,000 in DC, 438,000 in Virginia Beach. Add to that all our suburbs and rural communities and we have the opportunity to…

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A personal reflection from Associate Superintendent Peter Johnson. Being in darkness is never good when you know that you should be in the light. A month ago, I was mowing the grass and gathering up the leaves one last time before the winter season. The last thing I remember was mowing around the garden next…

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Have you heard this joke? A person bought an elephant for a friend’s room. The friend thanked him to which the person said, “Don’t mention it.”  Think about it, you will get it. Hint: What is true of the elephant in the room?  Does your church have the proverbial elephant in the room? That uncomfortable issue no one wants to…

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