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 […]


Recognizing the Sacrifice and Service of Chap...

December 4, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

“Our wives feel left behind and forgotten,” wrote Chaplain Scott L. Shields. A sentiment shared by dozens of other chaplains who each year travel to the annual Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Chaplain Conferences, one held on the West Coast, the other on the East. Each year the Department of Defense (DOD) requires each denomination to […]


Introducing the Amazing Stories of the 2016 K...

November 9, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

On Monday, November 6, we announced the 2017 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients. Consistent with LCEF’s mission, the committee selected ministry ideas that are related to the expansion, enrichment and energizing of Christ’s Church. The variety of ideas and creativity in the grant applicants were impressive. More importantly, LCEF President and CEO Bart Day said, “Congregations, schools and our workers […]