Looking Into the Future

January 9, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I often find that I can be consumed by the routine and the urgent. Each week I have a list of items that I need to address. I have classes to teach and sermons to write. Each week I email a devotion and prayer list to our membership, as well as a summary of last […]


Tweaking the System

January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke

Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]


A New Start For the New Year

January 5, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Way back in 1994, Peter Drucker wrote a piece for the old Net Fax network on “Jumping the Sigmoid Curve.” Drucker pointed out that one of the most useful tools in understanding the natural life cycle of a product, an organization, a church or even a relationship is the sigmoid or S curve. The secret […]


Work and Rest

December 30, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I enjoy working. First, I really like my daily activities as a pastor. I enjoy people, so making calls, teaching class, preaching sermons, conducting staff meetings and interacting with the students and parents in our day school are a joy to me. Second, I really like the people with whom I work. We have a […]


May Christmas Be Fun!

December 19, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

Whether it’s the long lines at the post office that are making you angry, the pain from the loss of a loved one last year that lingers, or the stress of putting together the perfect plan for your Christmas party, worship service, or program it can be hard to have fun at Christmas. And yet, […]


We’re Having a Baby!

December 12, 2016 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

We’re having a baby. No, not my wife and I. That would be too much like an Abraham and Sarah story. Our daughter and her husband are expecting our first grandchild in January. Just like every first-time grandparent, I will tell you that I’m not old enough to be a grandpa. But secretly I’m giddy […]