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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.  

This Feels Familiar And I Don’t Like It

  Leading through these uncertain times feels familiar. I don’t like it. In my socially separated circles, 2008 is best known for the recession caused by the housing market crash and the Phillies winning the world series. The latter brought me great joy in the midst of chaos and heartbreak. The former didn’t even make…

Will God Provide?

In an era when the culture is already changing more rapidly than ever before, it’s amazing how quickly a virus can turn the whole world upside down in a matter of weeks. It has all happened so fast that we are still in the shock of reacting as best we can. However, at night in…

I’ve Got Nothing, People.

  When the schedule for our EDA bloggers came out, being assigned the middle of March seemed harmless enough. Now that it’s here, I have the simple task of writing a little something to encourage pastors and church leaders in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that is bringing everyone’s life to a screeching halt…

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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