Is Your Church Using Facebook All Wrong?

July 25, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke

The phrase “meet you where you’re at” is a popular one in today’s churches. It’s a good line! It’s a good mindset. I think it’s bigger and simpler than we even realize. To meet people where they’re at, we first need to meet people. Where are people? I think we can pretty much agree they aren’t […]


Eight Ways to Raise up the Next Generation of...

July 21, 2016 | Posted by Matt Peeples

Most would classify me as a young leader. I am 34 years old, leading a church that we planted in Knoxville, TN in 2010. It is easy as a young leader to be so focused on the tasks in front of you, that you forget your most important leadership responsibility: to raise up the next […]


It’s Safer and Easier to Expect Less, L...

July 18, 2016 | Posted by Karl Galik

Over time the security of the institution can become more important than the uncertainty of the adventure of faith. Usually slowly, the safety of people becomes more important than the risks of going and doing. Perhaps imperceptibly, we expect less from ourselves, our congregational leadership – and (dare I say it), from God. It’s just easier […]


Staff Development Is Not Always Staff Investm...

July 14, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

Last month, I invited several Lutheran churches from across Tennessee to my family’s home in Nashville in order to engage in a one-day workshop on the topic of assimilation. I admit that I left some fellow clergy intrigued, as my invitation was primarily extended to church staff members rather than clergy. Pastors were welcome, of […]


Three Axioms for Church Leadership during Tim...

July 11, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

When I first started out as a professional church worker I had a mentor suggest I collect axioms — statements or proverb that are held to be fundamentally, and self-evidently, true. In this post I want to share three axioms from some great leaders that speak to those of you facing crises in your church, […]


Five Things Every Congregational Elder Should...

July 7, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

One of the many rewarding aspects of my pastoral ministry was to be blessed with many excellent elders over the years. In both churches I was privileged to serve during my 37 years of pastoral ministry God blessed me and the congregations with some great lay leaders. They were faithful and effective elders because they […]