“You Guys Loved My Child When Nobody Wo...

May 25, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2017 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2017 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team Many people think of preschool as a fun place for kids to learn and grow as they play throughout the day. However, […]

 

2018 Take Heart Scholarship Winners

April 28, 2018 | Posted by LCEF

The winners of LCEF’s Take Heart scholarships are … 1st Place: Abigail Mielke, a senior from Elkhart, Ind., receiving $3,000. (Left) 2nd Place: Jordan Mugglin, a senior from Anoka, Minn., receiving $1,000. (Middle) 3rd Place: Timothy Schmidt, a senior from Olathe, Kan., receiving $500. (Right) Congratulations! For this year’s essay, students were asked to share […]

 

Are You Qualified?

October 31, 2016 | Posted by Billy Brath

Ever look at your responsibilities and think, “There is no way I’m qualified for this!?” Good. On our own we’re never qualified for our vocational callings, God qualifies us! By His blessings and guidance we push on, serving and fulfilling our calls. My challenge is this: hire/engage leaders who on paper aren’t qualified according to […]

 

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 […]

 

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. […]

 

Understanding Church Attendance Patterns

August 11, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

At one time we simply accepted as obvious that regular worship attendance meant that a person missed only when they were forced to by unforeseen circumstances. Like gentle waves on the ocean, attendance would rise and fall ever so slightly. Rather than the calm seas of the past, we live in times of rough seas. […]