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The Regathering Process

This month marks a year that we have been navigating this pandemic. When we stopped physical gatherings in 2020, we thought we would be back by Easter of the next month. We were wrong, and we had so much to learn ahead of us. Our church was online only for about 3...

Death, Loss, & the Pandemic

There was no way we could have known what a difficult year this would be when we first heard about COVID-19 a year ago when the first case popped up in Seattle. As I am writing this, that was a year ago this week, and like other flu-like viruses we have encountered,...

Staying in the “Pastoral” Game

One of my early goals in ministry was to survive. I grew up the child of a pastor. Growing up, I had seen pastors come, and pastors go for so many different reasons. When my wife and I began serving in a church setting, I knew I wanted to outlast, outwit, and outplay...

Pastoring in 2020

I have read lots of articles recently about men and women leaving ministry roles in 2020. Pastoring in 2020 is hard, but pastoring in 2019 was also hard. When I think about it, I could say the same for pastoring over the last 10 years. The journey and process of...

Navigating Crisis as a Pastor

COVID-19 was not my first rodeo when it comes to crisis. Over the years, in many different roles, crisis has shown up inside our church in all shapes and sizes. It shows up at the least expected moments, and most of the burden of navigating it falls on whoever is...