At the Central Pacific District, we're always trying to find ways to tell different stories and speak to relevant situations going on in our communities. The shooting that took place at a Las Vegas concert on October 1, 2017 provided an opportunity for us to discover how Jesus can make beauty from ashes. The interview below with Former Associate Pastor Tim Dunfield at South Hills Church Community in Las Vegas provides a perspective from someone who has first-hand knowledge and experience with this tragic event, as well as offers how those impacted can find glimmers of hope in the midst of fear and sadness.
From time to time I come across articles in different places that either I identify with, or I have pastors who I know can identify with. The fact of the matter is, we are in the people business. And while most of our people are amazing, there are those who quite frankly are not. They drain us, they discourage us, etc. If this happens to you, I just want you to be encouraged that you are not alone, and it probably isn't your fault. Be encouraged to be the shepherd God is calling you to be.
Who of us isn't overwhelmed by ministry? Or for that matter, life? And just when you think you finally have your head a little bit above water, people are shot and killed in Las Vegas, or a devastating fire breaks out in Santa Rosa. The fact of the matter is, there are always going to be things in life and ministry that are going to try to sideswipe us. What Keith writes here is not the whole answer - but it is a good start. I hope it helps!
"I think that yielding to the call of God…there's no better place to be." - Jesse Richardson
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Jesse Richardson, Sierra Bible Church of Truckee.
Name: Pastor Jesse Richardson
Church: Sierra Bible Church of Truckee
Years in Ministry: 18 years
"That is oftentimes my biggest joy. To help people discover what's already inside them." -Andrew Burchett
From time to time we'll be highlighting members of our CPD family to get to know them better. The questions and answers below are from an interview with Pastor Andrew Burchett, Neighborhood Church of Chico
Name: Andrew Burchett
Church: Neighborhood Church of Chico
Years in Ministry: 25 Years
This prayer was sent to us by Pastor Wayne Hoag at Sierra Bible Church in Truckee, CA. It is one that was given to him by Leonard Ravenhill some 30 years ago. He was good friends with A.W. Tozer. This prayer is one that you can return to often, as a reminder of what God has called us to be and to do.
I always appreciate what Keith Webb has to say - especially since such a large part of the culture of our district has been encouraged by him and his training - that area of coaching. And while I like to keep up on what he writes, there are those times when he is especially pertinent - and this is one of those times as he talks about this issue of vulnerability.
Phil Rehburg, a lay leader at Risen King, has his own ministry dealing with Soul Care. He’s an author and speaker who is willing to share his thoughts with us. He will also be at Encounter as one who you can connect with if you would like to. Read his thoughts about heavenly rewards.
"It is so much easier to do things myself than to show someone else how to do it." "I can't trust anyone else to do things right,” (meaning, like I do) "I don't have anyone qualified to do that." Have you ever said or thought things like that? Or even more, is that the way you approach your ministry regardless of what you say or think – just out of habit?
By: Shruti Maniar
Living open-handedly with our time, talents, and dreams is like a diamond in the rough -- from the outside it can seem unsightly, of questionable worth and a gamble at the very least. But once we uncurl our fingers and our hearts unto the Lord- - where all He has given us is freely offered back to Him -- what freedom, what joy, and what power of His presence is manifested in our lives!