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 […]


The Power of Disruptive Leadership

February 10, 2014 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin is Founder and Mission Developer of LINC Los Angeles, a mission agency dedicated to launching transformative faith communities in the city. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: I’m really taken by the picture of leadership shown in the story of Lydia that we find in Acts 16. Just as a refresher, the […]


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 […]


The Ministerial Use of Your Strengths

February 3, 2014 | Posted by Will Miller

Will Miller works with the MissionShift Institute at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership in ministry: When the conventional wisdom in leadership is always to play to your strengths and to minimize your weaknesses, there can be no place left for the Holy Spirit to complete the sanctification of the Christian […]


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 […]


Eat That Frog! : Setting Priorities for the N...

January 9, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

The beginning of a new year is always a time for setting priorities and reviewing our stewardship of time. This would be a great time to make a list of those things you want to accomplish in the year ahead. It could be things like visiting every home in the congregation, spending more time with […]