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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February 20, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Discovering Our God-Given Gifts For Ministry


What I missed in the passage


Nine years ago, when I was the candidate for the pastor position at Indian River Presbyterian Church, I preached on Ephesians 4:11-16. I’ve always seen this passage the closest thing we can find in Scripture for a pastor’s job description. In fact, it is the only time the word pastor is used in the Bible and, even then, it is often translated as shepherd.

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February 5, 2014 — by Rev. Mateen Elass

Love For The Lost

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Our family loves Labrador retrievers. We presently have two female, yellow labs, Geordie and Haley, ages six and four. And last Saturday, I lost one.

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January 27, 2014 — by Dana Allin

Five Focuses For A New Year

2014 goalsJanuary marks the two-year anniversary of ECO. We launched in January 2012, accepted our first congregation in May 2012, and now have over 108 member churches and two new churches in the process of being planted. Praise God for the ongoing story of ECO! A few weeks ago in the ECO newsletter, I shared five focus areas for ECO as we grow into 2014. In case you missed it, I wanted to share it again here to keep us focused as we live into our mission in the new year.

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