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Life after falling

Life after falling

On May 26, 2018, I had an accident that would forever change my life. I attempted to ski from the summit of Mt. Hood (in Oregon) and ended up falling about 450 feet to what should have been my imminent death. A 10-hour rescue, involving about thirty individuals from...
Personal decisions have communal impact

Personal decisions have communal impact

We love personal pronouns. We iMessage people on our iPhones while setting up profiles to personalize our experience on Netflix, Amazon, Instagram and even the grocery store. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The language we use reveals what we value. And...
Houghton College Faculty Spotlight: Ken Schenck

Houghton College Faculty Spotlight: Ken Schenck

Houghton College welcomes new Vice President for Planning and Innovation Ken Schenck As Vice President for Planning and Innovation at Houghton College, Dr. Ken Schenck connects Houghton’s resources with people who long for their experience in higher education to help...
Are you listening?

Are you listening?

“Mom, are you listening to me?” My three kids were very good at parroting back to me my questions to them. I often would say loudly to them when they were toddlers, tweens or teens, “Hey, are you listening to me?” But sometimes they would ask it back. “Mom, are you...
How Scripture, stories and languages intersect

How Scripture, stories and languages intersect

“Hi, I’m trying to master your language, and one of the ways I’m learning is by telling stories. Could I tell you a two-minute story that I learned recently, and maybe you can suggest how I could tell it better?” My family lives in a country where the population is...
Rev. Mike Cline on Pastor Appreciation

Rev. Mike Cline on Pastor Appreciation

In almost 10 years at Mountain View, Cline and his family have developed deep connections with their congregation that expand their capacity to love their neighbors and contribute to God’s work in their area. The community Cline and his family experience find its way...
Experience God’s Best by Doing Less

Experience God’s Best by Doing Less

Some people like to unwind and relax by watching birds.  Ever since I was a young child, I have had a very real fear of birds, Ornithophobia. This stems from numerous events including everything from an unfortunate incident on a family vacation (I thought rain was...
Thrive in 5: Financial- Five Simple Financial Principles

Thrive in 5: Financial- Five Simple Financial Principles

Education & Clergy Development welcomes Michael Blue as the new contributor to the financial domain of clergy care for Thrive in 5. Michael serves as the executive director and general counsel for The Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning. The Ron Blue...
Holding everything together

Holding everything together

My grandparents grew up during the Great Depression. My dad would remind me of this when, as a kid, my grandmother instructed my brother and me to wash and hang-dry the used tin foil in her kitchen when we were on clean up duty following a family dinner. Similarly, my...
30 lessons in 30 years: part three

30 lessons in 30 years: part three

Rev. Charlie Alcock, Youth Ministry professor and director of Youth Ministry Events at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, reflects on the 30 years he has spent serving in youth ministry in The Wesleyan Church. This is part three in a three-part series....
Connecting with Immigrant Neighbors

Connecting with Immigrant Neighbors

  Guest Pastors Zach Szmara, The Bridge Community Church and National Director of Immigrant Connection, David Drury, Chief of Staff for The Wesleyan Church and Noelia Rodriguez, Church Planter Practical conversation on how we can be better friends to our...
30 lessons in 30 years: part two

30 lessons in 30 years: part two

Rev. Charlie Alcock, Youth Ministry professor and director of Youth Ministry Events at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, reflects on the 30 years he has spent serving in youth ministry in The Wesleyan Church. This is part two in a three-part series. Read...
The Truth

The Truth

In the Midst of church planting – Next week will celebrate 2 years as a church plant. The last two years feel like they have made up most of our lives. There is a small piece of me that realizes the comical truth in that statement, being that we are very young,...
Being “doers” of James 5:16 in recovery ministry

Being “doers” of James 5:16 in recovery ministry

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I love the story about our Wesleyan Way of discipling via small groups and how the movement began. You know the one—back when Rev. John Wesley was approached by a handful of persons, “who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin, and...
30 lessons in 30 years of youth ministry: part one

30 lessons in 30 years of youth ministry: part one

Part one in a three-part series It was 30 years ago this weekend that I towed an old Dodge Omni to Roanoke, Virginia. The destination was Parkway Wesleyan Church where I would have a chance to work with a hero of mine, Dr. John Ott. I had just finished my years at...
Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Challenging My Ministry Mind As a pastor, you know the importance of continuing to learn and grow in your leadership. Our world is changing fast, and we need to challenge our thinking and keep it sharp. In this “Thrive in Five,” David Drury, pastor and chief of staff...