10 Reasons You NEED To Participate In A Pastor Cluster

  You are not alone! The isolation of being a lone ranger in ministry is not healthy. In the Eastern District, pastoral care through pastor clusters is a high priority. Here are the ten top values I observe that pastors receive from being in a pastor cluster: Fellow pastors who understand the…

Healing The Racial Brokenness of America

I am reading my way through the Bible in my annual quest of the Good book. I’m in the prophets who are proclaiming judgment in Israel for their unfaithfulness to God and His covenant through their pursuing other gods. In doing so, they are also abusing the poor and vulnerable…

Come Apart Before You Come Apart

I’ve been a pastor for the last 38 years. At times, I have been in the groove of blessing, feeling like I am right where I’m supposed to be, walking in the light of God at work transforming lives. At other times, I have been in the dark, dry desert, wondering why I…

7 Ways To Pray For The District Conference

The purpose of this year’s Eastern District Conference [Uncertain Times >> Hopeful Future] is to refresh, encourage and strengthen pastors, their spouses, church leaders and staff in an age of uncertain times. We are looking forward to connecting in fellowship, in prayer, in teaching of the Word of God and in…

Change of Ministry Focus for Roy Larsen

After 18 years of working with the Eastern District, I’m transitioning.  Actually, it’s more like a slide step as I will still be working under the Eastern District umbrella but not as a district staff member. For the past 4 years, I have been giving leadership to Immigrant Hope which…

Relational Evangelism Even When It’s Tough

Years ago I was the president of my high school class. I was from a non-religious family where church was not even on the radar. But there was this kid in my class, Doug, whose dad was the pastor at the evangelical church in town.  We were friends and nearly…

A Great Heritage, An Exciting Future

Alex Mandes, Director for the EFCA All Peoples Ministry, recently told me a story that highlights what made the Eastern District great in its early days. It was the first time I heard it and it impacted me deeply. He said that when some of our Norwegian Free Church fathers…

When The Power Goes Out And The Party Is Over

In 2013 a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, the Triumph, lost power for 4 days off the coast of Mexico. Hundreds or maybe even thousands of the 4200 passengers became sick without running water and no air conditioning. The scene on the boat was terrible, as vomit and waste became unmanageable. Obviously,…

Time To Adjust The Sails

“You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust the sails to reach your destination.” I MUST CONFESS, I’M A LATE-COMER TO ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA.  THE TRUTH IS, SOME FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA HAD COME AND GONE BEFORE I EVER LOOKED INTO SIGNING UP (REMEMBER…

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