Transparency and Forgiveness

August 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

It’s a slow creep. Maybe it starts with a simple deception, just keeping a simple offense secret. Then, it was the lust you kept locked behind closed doors and passwords. Then, it was the jealousy that boiled within you as you saw the success of your co-laborers. Suddenly, your life is a tangled mess of […]

 

They’re Watching

July 31, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I am blessed to have two younger brothers. They are five and seven years younger than me. They are more intelligent than me, better looking and much more talented. But back in the day, when I was a teenager and they were in grade school, my mother would remind me that I needed to set […]

 

Your Missional History

July 14, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

Not long ago, my wife and I drove past a small town in rural Virginia where there once existed a small, but vital congregation of our denomination. The congregation closed many years ago after dwindling population and a military base closure. At the closing service—a true celebration of ministry—the church was packed with former members […]

 

What a Koozie Can Do

July 1, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Some may say summer starts when they first jump in the pool or spend an evening at the ballpark. My summer starts when I stuff 1,000 koozies. Every June, our church orders approximately one kajillion koozies and stuffs them with invite and app cards. It’s our official start of outreach season. It’s my official start […]

 

Re-Plugged and Prioritizing

May 26, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

In my last blog entry, I shared my experience of being “unplugged” while spending two weeks overseas. It was relaxing to say the least. As I returned to the states, I fired up my phone and was greeted by hundreds of emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook notifications and all the communications from Linkedin, Twitter and […]

 

Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Fin...

May 11, 2017 | Posted by LCEF SM

“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 […]