The Resurrection and Aunt Patsy

My Aunt Patsy just passed away a few hours ago and in a few days we will celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord.  Aunt Patsy was a strange mix of compassion, unbelievable generosity, intelligence, stubbornness, and mental illness.  We loved her but sometimes interacting with her was a challenge.  Always sure she was […]
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Village Missions and the Affordable Care Act

Background:  When I became Executive Director in November 2000, Village Missions had a self-funded health insurance plan, in other words, we were our own insurance carrier.  We collected premiums from the churches we served and used a T.P.A. (Third Party Administrator) to administrate medical bills.  We carried stop-loss insurance to cover major medical expenses.  Over […]
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The Rural Church—Missional Community?

Missional ChurchesSo many of the churches we serve are missional. They just don’t know that’s what people call it!  Suppose rural churches realized that they are missional and started building on this inherent strength of theirs!  It would not take any finances or other resources. They simply need to realize that we are to help each […]
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Pictures of Village Missions Events and Churches

It has been quite some time since I posted links to the places and events that Carole and I have visited over the last several months. This is your chance to take an armchair visit to some of our fields.What Could Possibly Happen in Kendrick, CO?Visit to a New Field in ArizonaThe Good Shepherd of […]
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Church Revitalization and Our Cherry Tree

We bought a cherry tree about five years ago.  We only have a small lot but we love cherries, and I like to grow things.  We waited until the fall when the few rejected trees at Rite Aid were on sale.Our poor tree struggled to survive.  Deer ate most of its branches and leaves while […]
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Celebrating Becoming a Self-Supporting Church

This summer, Carole and I traveled to North Lansing, NY to help Faith Bible Church celebrate becoming self-supporting. This means that the church is now able to cover our self-funded health insurance premium as well as the base salary of $1700 per month. Faith Bible Church reached this level in April 2011 and we joined […]
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The Very Best

Recently we held our Fall 2011 Candidate School in Dallas, Oregon. We accepted eight outstanding couples. They came from coast to coast and ranged from their twenties to their sixties. Some had some pastoral experience, either in a senior or assistant role, but some did not. Both husband and wife believed firmly that God was […]
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Facebook Photos of Village Missions’ Events

I have recently posted pictures on Facebook that will allow you to see what is happening in Village Missions, both in the U.S. and Canada.  Here are the links and a brief description. You can copy and paste the link into your web browser or simply click on the link.Village Missions’ Candidate School Spring 2011On […]
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The Wounded Missionary

Yet only couples with an eternal perspective, only couples who are ready to take up their cross, only couples who are consumed with the love of Christ last anyway, so they might as well be forewarned. Ministry in today’s world, whether at home or abroad, will not be easy.
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Stonecroft Ends Financial Support for Village Missions

Stonecroft Ministries notified us recently that financial support for Village Missions will end effective March 31, 2009. This will result in a loss of income to Village Missions of $40,000 per month.
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Village Missions Gut Check

This gut check also causes me to examine whether I am fully convinced that God has more for Village Missions to do. The next years will be difficult years for us. As director, will I have the “courage, character, or determination” to do what needs to be done? It will be a “gut check” for all who say they believe in keeping country churches alive, requiring much more “courage, character, and determination” than in years past. It will require people to pray earnestly and give sacrificially.
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Creating Opposition in the Church

This article explores a few of the ways pastors can unwittingly create opposition in the church. These are not forms of persecution, but of self-inflicted opposition.
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