Making Meaningful Pastoral Visits

August 29, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

I’ve observed that many of the most effective and beloved pastors (and elders, too!) were those who had a plan for regular visitation of the people of God in their spiritual care. Those visits might be in the home, at lunch near work, or some other place. They might be once a year or once […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

The Ugly Truth About Our Comfort Oriented Cul...

August 4, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

We live in a comfort oriented culture. We choose furniture based as much on comfort as style. Car salesmen emphasize a comfortable ride. Whether we are dressing for a casual picnic or a formal dinner, we think about comfort. If our occupation requires us to be on our feet we want comfortable shoes. If our […]