Using Culture

March 24, 2014 | Posted by Billy Brath

X-mas is a perfect way to mark Jesus’ birthday. Halloween is one of the most Christian of all the holidays in America. White wedding dresses & wedding receptions are heavenly. Let’s face it, mainstream American culture is far from being Christian. (I won’t spend time convincing you of that here, just turn on your TV.) I have […]


What is the Future of the Church?

March 10, 2014 | Posted by Randy Raasch

Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for 24 years. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: It was a great question. Earlier this month I was a speaker at a men’s retreat in Wisconsin. During a question and answer session I was […]


What Motivates People to Give?

February 13, 2014 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Have you ever heard someone say, “The Gospel is the only motivation a pastor should use to move people to give”? If you have, I am 99.99% certain the comment was made by a pastor. I heard it more than once during my 37+ years of pastoral ministry. Obviously, God’s grace in Jesus Christ should be […]


How to Evaluate Your Pastor and Staff

February 6, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

When I was District President, I would frequently get calls from congregational leaders asking for help in evaluating their pastor. Often, but not always, that would be a sign of conflict that demanded conflict resolution rather than help with evaluation. And when evaluation was done, it was often done in retrospect against standards and goals […]


Preach it at Starbucks

January 20, 2014 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day I was at a pastors’ luncheon, and the speaker was passionately sharing about how to  preach and be better cultural exegetes with our preaching. It was good stuff. He said, “Sometimes I write my sermons at Starbucks and as I write, I wonder what it would sound like to the young woman […]


Throw Away Your Resolutions

January 2, 2014 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

It’s January 2. Throw away those resolutions you made yesterday. You know you’re not going to keep them all the way through December 31 anyway. Resolutions tend to be self-focused things like losing weight, getting a new job, personal finances, or a new exercise regimen. These are all well and good, but let’s make this year […]