Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Fin...

May 11, 2017 | Posted by Taylor Overstreet

“May we have the Financial Report?” I’ve heard that request in several congregations I have served as a District staffer and a consultant. The answers often fall into one of these categories: “I don’t have the figures with me. They are pretty much the same as last month. But we are in good shape. All the […]

 

Why Social Media is Important to Your Church

May 4, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Recently, I was excitedly talking to a friend about the success we’d found in streaming our services through Facebook Live. “It’s so easy! It’s free! It reaches people who are simply scrolling through Facebook!” By the time I finished my pitch, I was glowing. Surely, he’d bow at my feet, eternally grateful for the wisdom […]

 

For the Plastic Bags and Reluctant Leaders

February 28, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

My church is in a brand spankin’ new season. In our defense, as a six-year-old church, there’s a lot of seasons we haven’t experienced. That being said, in the past year, we’ve said goodbye to multiple interns, a worship leader, and a pastor. God is moving and doing incredible things and every move and goodbye […]

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Your Church

February 9, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day I was spending some time with a friend who is in human resources at a major recreation company. As we talked about his experience and training he reminded me of an important principle: diversity and inclusion are not one and the same. While we often hear them together, and they are related, […]

 

How a Demographic Study Could Help Your Churc...

February 3, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Even before the May 1 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people and share the Gospel. Through […]

 

For the Lonely Church Worker

January 19, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Awhile back, I wrote a blog post about loneliness. I wrote this blog post because I had been lonely and I was sick of being lonely. I wrote this blog post because I had recently learned a lot of people around me were also lonely. I wrote this blog post because God calls us to […]