The Power of Online Positivity

March 23, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

We’ve taken one of our church’s small groups online. It was such a busy crew that we decided to use the fantastic tool of Facebook Live to meet together every Thursday evening. Our leaders begin with a devotion, move into some commentary on the devotion, and then end with prayer requests and prayer. All the […]

 

A Physical Spirituality

March 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day over dinner a friend of mine turned to me and asked, “Why aren’t Lutherans more physical in our spirituality?” The conversation had turned to the tangible practices of Catholics, Pentecostals, and others that generally engage their body much more in the expression of their faith than Lutherans appear to. And then someone […]

 

Real Team Building

March 9, 2017 | Posted by Will Miller

I recently attended the Best Practices for Ministry conference in Phoenix, Arizona with six other members of my Executive Ministry Team. We aren’t a large church. We’re medium sized. But having seven of us in total easily made us one of the largest contingents from a single congregation at that conference. And I saw genuine […]

 

For the Plastic Bags and Reluctant Leaders

February 28, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

My church is in a brand spankin’ new season. In our defense, as a six-year-old church, there’s a lot of seasons we haven’t experienced. That being said, in the past year, we’ve said goodbye to multiple interns, a worship leader, and a pastor. God is moving and doing incredible things and every move and goodbye […]

 

Budget Cuts

February 23, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

I live in a large urban area where about half of the Lutheran Schools have closed in the last five years. The once large, urban, “mother churches,” that supported them now have attendances under 100 in buildings designed for many times that amount. For those congregations, as well as many rural congregations in communities of […]

 

Know Your People

February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that I […]