Blogs


Why Should We Care about the Vital Church Project?

Bob Hoshibata

10/11/2011

For the past two years, the leaders of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference have been diligently and faithfully working on the Vital Church Project.  I would like to share some of the excitement of the "unveiling" of our Vital Church Project.  It may well be the key to our successful achieving of a vision of congregations led by lay and clergy who are growing healthy vital congregations that change lives and transform communities!


Prayer for an end to Violence in our World

Bob Hoshibata

7/24/2011

We are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack in Norway.  This kind of tragedy is contrary to God's plan for the created world.  As people of faith, we are called to renew our commitment to peace in our communities and world.  And we are called to pray for strength for our United Methodist sisters and brothers in Norway as well as the whole nation, for comfort and strength.


The Measure of Success - 525,600 minutes

Bob Hoshibata

6/27/2011

525,600 minutes from now, what difference will it make in our churches and in our communities because of our Annual Conference's time together?


Reflections on a Council of Bishops meeting

Bob Hoshibata

5/8/2011

Having just returned from a meeting of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I share some of my thoughts and experiences.  My sense is that the Council is working diligently to offer leadership to our denomination with the hope that our efforts will bring a refocus to our desire to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" so that these words will not just be empty words, but truly an expression of our faithful response to God's grace.


Easter greetings

Bob Hoshibata

4/24/2011

A message at Easter to remind us that Easter is not just a one day event!


Joy and Celebration of a new life

Bob Hoshibata

4/13/2011

Sharing some of my thoughts and prayers as I welcome a new and a first grandbaby


You get what you measure...

Kim Fields

3/29/2011

“You get what you measure.” I read that in a book the other day, and I quickly discounted the statement. Then I thought ...


My Lenten Walk

Bob Hoshibata

3/27/2011

Sharing thoughts about my Lenten walk


Faith in Times of Disaster

Bob Hoshibata

3/11/2011

How faithful Christians respond to disasters such as earthquake and tsunami.


The Initiative for Healthy Vital Churches

Scott Harkness

2/25/2011

 Here's some insider info on the conference's new Healthy Vital Church Initiative (HVCI) process for developing local church leadership and potential.


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