Celebrating Family

January 30, 2014 | Posted by Kevin Creutz

Kevin Creutz is principal of Central Lutheran School in New Haven, IN.  Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership in education: Ask an adult what his or her favorite memory is from elementary school. What kind of responses do you think you will receive? Will the favorite memory include a test, homework assignment, worksheet, or […]


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 […]


Preach it at Starbucks

January 20, 2014 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day I was at a pastors’ luncheon, and the speaker was passionately sharing about how to  preach and be better cultural exegetes with our preaching. It was good stuff. He said, “Sometimes I write my sermons at Starbucks and as I write, I wonder what it would sound like to the young woman […]


Should Pastors Know What Each Member/Family G...

January 16, 2014 | Posted by John Kieschnick

Over the years I have consulted with many different churches and pastors especially in the area of stewardship. One observation I have made is that there is not a set answer to the questions, “Who should know what members contribute?” and “Should the pastor know what members give?” Some churches take what I call a “super-secret” […]


7 Lessons That Will Transform Your Church’s...

January 13, 2014 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

Here are 7 lessons that emerged for me from Rosaria’s story (and the quotes that inspired the learning). As a leader I long to see these lessons embedded in the culture of our church. “Christians in particular were bad readers, always seizing opportunities to insert a Bible verse into a conversation with the same point […]


Eat That Frog! : Setting Priorities for the N...

January 9, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

The beginning of a new year is always a time for setting priorities and reviewing our stewardship of time. This would be a great time to make a list of those things you want to accomplish in the year ahead. It could be things like visiting every home in the congregation, spending more time with […]