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 […]


Tweaking the System

January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke

Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]


6 Ways to Bring Non-Christians to Church

December 21, 2016 | Posted by Ashley Davis

Chances are most of you have reached out to someone who is not a Christian and invited them to church. Or maybe you would like to try, but you have no clue where to start. It can be hard to decide how to reach out to someone, especially when you have probably been part of […]


Missions Start At Church

December 8, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

Like many Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations, we have a sign at each of our parking lot exits that reads, “You are now entering the mission field.” It is a reminder to all of us who worship the Lord to take our faith into our community. We, who have been given new life through the light […]