Five Ways to Develop Spiritual Leaders

September 12, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

A quick perusal of available titles on Amazon reveals that, when it comes to books on church ministry, pastors reign supreme. Though I was able to locate one book on the ministry of church executive assistants to the pastor, most “church secretary” books were handbooks or how-to’s on creating effective administrative structures. Though there are […]


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 […]


Invitation Made Simple

August 25, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

What do the following have in common? …discovering a fresh insight…working to build a community garden in a food desert…running…partnering with community service groups that are making a difference…worshiping at church…caring for the homeless…holding babies in the hospital nursery…subscribing to a new reading plan on the You Version Bible app… dedicating a new business…singing in […]


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’s Right With the Church?

July 28, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Maybe it’s a matter of my age but for some reason it appears fewer people today have a very positive image of the Church. I’m not just talking about those outside the Church. I am talking about those within. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Wow! I thank God I am a member […]


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 […]