Finding a New Church

June 26, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

It happens to many of us–or to our children. We move to a new community, or as professional church workers we retire from a congregation after many years and seek to find a new church home. That search can sometimes be a long, drawn-out task because of comparisons with our old church, competing demands on […]


Engaging the Culture: What It Means for Us to...

June 2, 2014 | Posted by Oscar Benavides

Rev. Oscar Benavides is the Executive Director of LINC North Texas. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership in ministry: How can Christians engage an increasingly hostile culture in a way that draws them to Jesus? According to statistics, America is becoming less churched and those nations that are hostile to the church keep […]


Influence & Impact

May 8, 2014 | Posted by Dave Ficken

A few weeks ago, one of my coaches challenged me to consider the difference between influence and impact. While I am far from figuring it out, here is what I have been wrestling with lately: As I have been reading more and more about how Jesus went about shaping his followers, my brain has been […]


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 Temptation to Avoid Talking about Money

January 23, 2014 | Posted by Karl Galik

“It’s all the church talks about – money, money, money!” These words, and all of their variations in tone and volume, can be license to subtly, passively pass by the money references in preaching and teaching. It’s one of our culture’s last taboos, isn’t it? From MTV to HBO, it’s easy enough to find pretty […]


Throw Away Your Resolutions

January 2, 2014 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

It’s January 2. Throw away those resolutions you made yesterday. You know you’re not going to keep them all the way through December 31 anyway. Resolutions tend to be self-focused things like losing weight, getting a new job, personal finances, or a new exercise regimen. These are all well and good, but let’s make this year […]