Stop Saying “Going Forward”

April 25, 2017 | Posted by Billy Brath

“Going Forward” Have you noticed the use of this phrase increasing over the last few years? At first, it was used by the news media to transition interviews or reports to speculation on the future as it relates to the topic at hand. Over time, the phrase settled in as a way for people to […]

 

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 […]

 

Looking Into the Future

January 9, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

I often find that I can be consumed by the routine and the urgent. Each week I have a list of items that I need to address. I have classes to teach and sermons to write. Each week I email a devotion and prayer list to our membership, as well as a summary of last […]

 

Tweaking the System

January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke

Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]

 

Missions Start At Church

December 8, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

Like many Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregations, we have a sign at each of our parking lot exits that reads, “You are now entering the mission field.” It is a reminder to all of us who worship the Lord to take our faith into our community. We, who have been given new life through the light […]

 

Greater Expectations

December 1, 2016 | 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 […]