When Life is Lent

April 11, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

As we turn from Lent to the celebration and season of Easter, it is tempting to think that Lent is over. But for some of us, life is Lent.  In the book, “City of God: Faith in the Streets,” Sara Miles wrote, “Lent is the world we live in.” Suffering, decay, and death surround us. Anguish, sadness, […]

 

How Much Debt is Safe?

April 4, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

How much debt is safe for a congregation? Are there alternatives to borrowing? Should we have a campaign to reduce our debt? These are just some of the questions congregations ask as they consider taking on or reducing debt. Both the Bible and sound financial practice caution against abuse and misuse of debt, but there […]

 

The Power of Online Positivity

March 23, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht

We’ve taken one of our church’s small groups online. It was such a busy crew that we decided to use the fantastic tool of Facebook Live to meet together every Thursday evening. Our leaders begin with a devotion, move into some commentary on the devotion, and then end with prayer requests and prayer. All the […]

 

A Physical Spirituality

March 14, 2017 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

The other day over dinner a friend of mine turned to me and asked, “Why aren’t Lutherans more physical in our spirituality?” The conversation had turned to the tangible practices of Catholics, Pentecostals, and others that generally engage their body much more in the expression of their faith than Lutherans appear to. And then someone […]

 

Real Team Building

March 9, 2017 | Posted by Will Miller

I recently attended the Best Practices for Ministry conference in Phoenix, Arizona with six other members of my Executive Ministry Team. We aren’t a large church. We’re medium sized. But having seven of us in total easily made us one of the largest contingents from a single congregation at that conference. And I saw genuine […]

 

Budget Cuts

February 23, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer

I live in a large urban area where about half of the Lutheran Schools have closed in the last five years. The once large, urban, “mother churches,” that supported them now have attendances under 100 in buildings designed for many times that amount. For those congregations, as well as many rural congregations in communities of […]