Re-Plugged and Prioritizing

May 26, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

In my last blog entry, I shared my experience of being “unplugged” while spending two weeks overseas. It was relaxing to say the least. As I returned to the states, I fired up my phone and was greeted by hundreds of emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook notifications and all the communications from Linkedin, Twitter and […]

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Fin...

May 11, 2017 | Posted by LCEF SM

“May we have the Financial Report?” I’ve heard that request in several congregations I have served as a District staffer and a consultant. The answers often fall into one of these categories: “I don’t have the figures with me. They are pretty much the same as last month. But we are in good shape. All the […]

 

When Life is Lent

April 11, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

As we turn from Lent to the celebration and season of Easter, it is tempting to think that Lent is over. But for some of us, life is Lent.  In the book, “City of God: Faith in the Streets,” Sara Miles wrote, “Lent is the world we live in.” Suffering, decay, and death surround us. Anguish, sadness, […]

 

The Power of Online Positivity

March 23, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

We’ve taken one of our church’s small groups online. It was such a busy crew that we decided to use the fantastic tool of Facebook Live to meet together every Thursday evening. Our leaders begin with a devotion, move into some commentary on the devotion, and then end with prayer requests and prayer. All the […]

 

Budget Cuts

February 23, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

I live in a large urban area where about half of the Lutheran Schools have closed in the last five years. The once large, urban, “mother churches,” that supported them now have attendances under 100 in buildings designed for many times that amount. For those congregations, as well as many rural congregations in communities of […]

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Your Church

February 9, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day I was spending some time with a friend who is in human resources at a major recreation company. As we talked about his experience and training he reminded me of an important principle: diversity and inclusion are not one and the same. While we often hear them together, and they are related, […]