The North American Division (NAD) ministerial department recently shared a list of ideas your church or ministry could provide on Valentine's Day as an outreach and evangelism tool. Check out their list below and consider implementing one or more of these ideas at your church.
Parents Night Out: Provide free or low-cost child care so that moms and dads can spend an evening alone. Promote it to the church and to the community as well.
Northwest church leaders received special awards during this year’s North American Division Ministries Convention, held Jan. 13–16, 2019, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Minner Labrador Jr., Upper Columbia Conference president, received the a Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant work in men’s ministries, not only within the United States but also as founder and creator of the globally televised series, Old Man New Man.
Most of the time this column shares a personal reflection or a story with a note of encouragement for a situation you may be facing. This time, however, I am stuck, and I am going to let you wrestle with my stuckness. Besides, I’m still recovering from my qualifying exams, so I feel more like asking questions than answering them at the moment.
Long ago, on the Judean hills surrounding the city of Bethlehem, a small group of blue-collar laborers were on the night shift. Conscientious, curious and honest, they believed in God and hoped for the soon coming deliverer of Israel. On this night, God granted them the privilege of being a part of the most important story in the universe.
Cracker was born 38 years ago to a homeless couple. Born on a street, in a corner by the door of an abandoned building. He entered the world with nothing, except bright red hair and brilliant white skin.
Cracker’s not his real name, but it's the name he uses in the street.
Cracker came to our church because we’re planted on the street. One wall has windows that look right out into the sidewalk. Our floor is old linoleum, and our chairs are plastic. We serve coffee and tea in paper cups and delicious-looking treats on small paper plates.
I, like you, have been fascinated to watch the various machinations within our church over the ordination of women. Americans love a good fight, especially when the cause is a righteous one. Of course, all sides in this are righteous. Hmmm ... .
I once read a story about a young cartographer who returned to his ancestral village to create the first map of the area. When he completed his work and the beautiful new map was crafted, he showed his father what he had done. His father was not pleased.
G.K. Chesterton is credited with a rather cogent reminder: "The object of a New Year,” he said, “is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul."
I believe he’s right. As we turn the proverbial page to yet another year, it’s high time to talk turkey — veggie turkey, that is, and I don’t mean the gastronomic sort. I’ve had my fill of that through Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In colloquial parlance, to “talk turkey” means to discuss something in a frank, open and serious manner in order to solve a problem.