How a Demographic Study Could Help Your Churc...

August 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Even before the May 1, 2017 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people and share the Gospel. Through […]

 

What Is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)?

August 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

You might be surprised to discover that before the Great Depression only four in ten people owned their home. The rest rented–for good reason. Most mortgages during this time limited loans to 50% of the home’s value. In addition, these loans ranged from three to five years in length, then ended with a balloon payment (which […]

 

Lutherans Loving for the Long Haul

May 7, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

When they happen, climatic disasters dominate the news. Late last year three hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico—leaving the regions in complete chaos. For Texas and Puerto Rico, it will take years to recover. Yet media coverage on hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria lasted less than two months. However, LCMS Disaster Response has had […]

 

High School Seniors: Win a $3,000 Scholarship...

February 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

Calling all high school seniors! It’s that time of year again. We are now accepting essays and applications for the 2018 Take Heart Scholarship! To apply, you must be a high school graduating senior and a Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) investor. In addition, you must be accepted by or intend to be enrolled in a vocational […]

 

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 […]

 

Greater Expectations

December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]