April 9, 2014 — by Keith Hill

Stepping Back To Gain A Broader View

Wading through the details


Do any of you (besides me) ever get lost in the weeds of this denomination building business? I serve on the Ministry and Assimilation Team (M.A.T.) in the East Central Presbytery, and there are so many pieces to put into place. Some days, it can be very wearisome.

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April 3, 2014 — by John Terech

"Synergistic Integration"

Seeing the synergy


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In my new role, here at ECO as Director of Operations, I really didn’t know what to expect when I hit the road for some serious business travel. Hotel and airline life are not exactly glamorous, but they do certainly have their own culture. Often, all the travel time allows you to read a lot and this can be rewarding especially when you read something or see something that strikes a chord and makes you think, “This could certainly apply to what we are doing today!” And what we are doing at ECO, as we build a denomination, is trying to keep up with what God is already doing in our midst.

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March 12, 2014 — by Rev. Mateen Elass

Going With The Flow Of The Spirit

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Leaving space for God to work


What’s the right formula for detailed, advanced planning versus spontaneous, “go with the flow of the Spirit” when it comes to ministry? I certainly don’t know, but I do know when both dovetail harmoniously, breathtaking things happen.

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March 4, 2014 — by Anna Kent

And There Was Joy: Lessons From Nehemiah

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Joy admist the weeping


Lately, I've been hanging out with my biblical boyfriend, Nehemiah. His name keeps popping up in various circles, but I've especially enjoyed spending time with him during a small group bible study. So often, Nehemiah gets examined during a church's capital campaign or in terms of leadership development. I can certainly understand why. The theme of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem and the prayerful actions Nehemiah carries out show us the way to follow and honor God and give us an amazing portrait of faithful, wise leadership.

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