Invitation Made Simple

August 25, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

What do the following have in common? …discovering a fresh insight…working to build a community garden in a food desert…running…partnering with community service groups that are making a difference…worshiping at church…caring for the homeless…holding babies in the hospital nursery…subscribing to a new reading plan on the You Version Bible app… dedicating a new business…singing in […]

 

Three Things My Garbage Man Taught Me About L...

August 22, 2016 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

There’s a little boy in our neighborhood named Mateo. Mateo loves the garbage truck. Twice a week, when the garbage men come, Mateo runs outside and waves at them. When Mateo runs outside to wave to the garbage men, they always wave back and salute. One day last week Mateo’s mom had a devastating day. […]

 

What Will Your Next Church Building Look Like...

August 18, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

What will your next church building look like? That’s one of the questions that come to mind as the turn of the year gives cause to reflect on the past and the future of the church. Of course, the answer to that question begins not with architecture, but with the church’s self-understanding of who it […]

 

Three Ways I Stay Connected to the 3,000 Memb...

August 15, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

My mother comes from a very small town in north central Illinois. As I grew up we would travel to visit my relatives on my mother’s side of the family a couple times each year. I don’t get to that town too often anymore, but this past fall my wife and I traveled with my […]

 

Understanding Church Attendance Patterns

August 11, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

At one time we simply accepted as obvious that regular worship attendance meant that a person missed only when they were forced to by unforeseen circumstances. Like gentle waves on the ocean, attendance would rise and fall ever so slightly. Rather than the calm seas of the past, we live in times of rough seas. […]

 

Retired Pastors Who Stay Around

August 8, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

Is it a good idea for a retired pastor to remain a member of the congregation he last served? Probably not. Is it always a bad idea for a retired pastor to remain a member of the congregation he last served? Probably not. I’ve seen retired pastors who create problems at whatever congregation they decide […]