God Created You

January 10, 2018 | Posted by Karina Rovey

In life, and especially in middle and high school, it’s easy to feel like we’re not enough. Not smart enough, not talented enough, not funny enough and so on. We become fixated on comparison with those around us and how we must be perfect in every field. Though it is true that we are imperfect […]

 

The Tiny Church That Never Gave Up

January 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF

Prior to the turn of the century, New Life Church Lutheran in Hugo, Minn., was hurting. A decade of hard times had worn out the church, the congregation and the community. In 2003, the Minnesota South District installed retired pastor Rev. John Schildwachter to help rebuild the church. Schildwachter, who volunteered to forgo his salary, […]

 

A New Start For the New Year

January 5, 2018 | Posted by Art Scherer

Way back in 1994, Peter Drucker wrote a piece for the old Net Fax network on “Jumping the Sigmoid Curve.” Drucker pointed out that one of the most useful tools in understanding the natural life cycle of a product, an organization, a church or even a relationship is the sigmoid or S curve. The secret […]

 

The Bold Plan to Improve Refugees Living Cond...

January 3, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Photo: The front of 2850 Magnolia during renovations in 2017. Sunday mornings at Messiah Lutheran in the Tower Grove neighborhood of South City, St. Louis, bring a special blend of different people. No surprise since Tower Grove is a racially-diverse, mixed-income neighborhood of St. Louis. On any given day, you’ll find middle-class families hanging out at […]

 

Truly Devoted to a Big Purpose

December 29, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Rotating a sanctuary 90 degrees sounds like a big project. That’s exactly what St. Mark Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb., is doing, fueled by a big purpose: to connect people with Jesus. “We want to bring the pastor closer to the people and bring the people closer together,” said Kurt Harmoney, St. Mark’s operations manager. The […]

 

Messiah Community Center: A Ministry of Prese...

December 22, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2016 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2016 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team According to Rev. Michael Okine, senior pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo., it’s hard to ignore, neglect or insult someone you’ve […]