Author: Jeff McLain

I love investing in my neighborhood, adventuring and living simply. I am a missional coffeeholic following Jesus in Chuck-Taylors and as the Lead Pastor at East Petersburg Mennonite Church.
The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

In Matthew 6:19-24, in part of His sermon on the mount, Jesus addresses the treasures of humanity – money, and stuff. These are the two things that we seemingly can never have enough of. To the audience that is gathered with him on that mountainside, he teaches them how our craving for more money and…

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Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

Invested Relationship: Working to find a common definition and understanding for local church membership.

In 2015, in an article titled “Membership Matters,” Ed Stetzer reflected, “Bring up church membership and watch people squirm. It isn’t that people in culture are against membership as an idea—Costco seems to be doing well. Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well.” [1] In that article, Stetzer also writes, “But in the…

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Not Just a Bible Study: Studying for Discipleship through the Foundational Elements of Biblical, Core, and Personal Content.

Not Just a Bible Study: Studying for Discipleship through the Foundational Elements of Biblical, Core, and Personal Content.

I am getting pretty excited for our new study, Faith AND Works, a study through the book of James. I honestly believe it will be a very meaningful and memorable faith experience for all of us who are taking part in it. Katie McLain and I have been working hard in preparation for this series.…

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2018: A few speaking opportunities I am really excited about.

2018: A few speaking opportunities I am really excited about.

On most Sundays, you will find me teaching and preaching at East Petersburg Mennonite Church. However, on occasion, I also get the invitation and opportunity to speak to other contexts. I love having conversation with other church communities, pastors, and church leaders. These opportunities give me a chance to not only share what I’ve learned,…

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Advent: Finding Peace Outside of the Nostalgia and Embellishment

Advent: Finding Peace Outside of the Nostalgia and Embellishment

For me, there is something really nostalgic about listening to the classic Christmas songs on vinyl records. To be honest, this nostalgic experience and practice has been a tradition for me, well before indie-types have created a culture in which popularized collecting and playing vinyl records. Some of my favorites to spin have always been…

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Within Our Reach: Entering the Advent Story

Within Our Reach: Entering the Advent Story

The Christmas Season is a special one that we find full of bright colors, yesteryear’s memories, and memorable traditions. I don’t know about you, but our family has already begun to practice our holiday traditions, including watching Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol” performed by The Muppets, and by taking our annual trip to “Koziar’s Christmas…

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It all goes down this Friday! We’re on Good Day PA, and in the #ExtraGive!

It all goes down this Friday! We’re on Good Day PA, and in the #ExtraGive!

This Friday, November 17, is a big day for us. It all goes down! That’s why I am writing to you. This Friday, the East Petersburg Events Committee will both be live on ABC 27’s Good Day PA program, and busy garnering support through Lancaster’s #ExtraGive! We wanted to make sure you realized both the excitement and possibility for us in these opportunities. On Friday, Kristin Troop of Wee Care Day…

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