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 […]


How to Disciple Women in Your Church through ...

June 30, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke

If there’s one thing I love to do, it’s to stalk good blogs. Strangers trendier, more talented, with better cameras and a weird amount of free time allow me a glimpse into their incredible lives. Reading about these bloggers’ lives, hearing their tips, enjoying their thoughts – it all makes me feel like I am […]


What Makes a Church Beautiful?

May 9, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

Is it slick worship slides? Well-dressed families? Stunning stained glass? Perfect pews? High-quality music? Good looking and well-respected members of the community? What if your church uses old hymnals? What if the families are broken? What if the walls are sullied and the seating busted? What if the organ is out of tune or the […]


Ministering to the Chronically Ill

May 6, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]