Strengthening Outdoor Ministry for Future Cam...

February 14, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

When a longtime and much loved Lutheran outdoor ministry in Iowa decided to tackle a major update, participating in Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s Laborers For Christ “was not a question but a definite decision,” said Doug Kading, Camp Okoboji executive director. Their role in the new state-of-the-art activity center marks the fourth time for Laborers […]


In Different Shoes

February 13, 2017 | Posted by Billy Brath

I used to be a Character Performer at Walt Disney World. (Google it without kids around!) That job had me in many different pairs of oversized shoes as I entertained the crowds. Each costume came with different actions, attitudes, and looks. I had to think about how a silly man-dog would run around or a […]


How a Demographic Study Could Help Your Churc...

February 3, 2017 | Posted by LCEF

Even before the May 1 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 […]


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 […]


The Powerful Influence of a Thank You

January 26, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

Every year about this time I sit down at my desk to write out some notes. They are handwritten and go out to a very distinct and distinguished group of people. After all, a handwritten note is a very valuable thing in this day and age of email, social media, and the Internet. People love […]


For the Lonely Church Worker

January 19, 2017 | Posted by Emilie Finke

Awhile back, I wrote a blog post about loneliness. I wrote this blog post because I had been lonely and I was sick of being lonely. I wrote this blog post because I had recently learned a lot of people around me were also lonely. I wrote this blog post because God calls us to […]