Your 2017 Resolution… Run a Marathon

I’m a runner. Well, more of a jogger, to be honest. I’ll never be seen at the front of any competitive marathons, competing with elite runners. But I’ve run just enough of these things to know that the most important thing about preparing for and completing a long run is willpower. A determined…

The Invitation Still Works

Billy Graham, Jim Elliot, and John Piper are just a few Wheaton alumni who have made a significant imprint on today’s American Church. As I explored the campus for the first time, I was excited to see where the likes of these men had their hearts and minds shaped for…

God Is Still Here

Have you ever contemplated the virgin birth? Mary mothering the KING of kings, the Messiah, the Savior. Sometimes in our Christmas rush we don’t think about the astounding truth of that union. Mary, the young teenage virgin. A woman taught to faithfully look for the Messiah. And God – holy,…

Do Eastern District Pastors Still Believe In Prayer?

A few weeks ago, some of our Eastern District pastors and I spent a day with Pastor Jim Cymbala at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. There were other pastors who joined us who were not EFCA pastors. We had a good time of fellowship and spent the day mostly talking about whatever the pastors wanted…

Bill Riedel And The Call To Minister To “Them”

Christian leaders are people who walk with Jesus and invite others to join them in that walk. The most effective Christian leaders refuse to become lazy or apathetic, and they accept the challenge to bring along incredibly different and unquestionably fallen people with them because they know this is what…

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…

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