Influence & Impact

May 8, 2014 | Posted by Dave Ficken

A few weeks ago, one of my coaches challenged me to consider the difference between influence and impact. While I am far from figuring it out, here is what I have been wrestling with lately: As I have been reading more and more about how Jesus went about shaping his followers, my brain has been […]


The Secret to a Happy Life

May 1, 2014 | Posted by Art Scherer

A man sees an old lady sitting by the side of the street looking very bright and happy. “What is the secret of your long and happy life?” he asks. “Well, I smoke 10 of these big cigars a day. I drink two pints of good rum, and I always have a boyfriend who is […]


Beyond What You Can Measure

March 31, 2014 | Posted by Zach Mcintosh

 Rev. Zach McIntosh is a pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio where he leads the adult education program. Here he shares with LCEF’s readers his thoughts on church leadership: It was the question that frustrated my high school teachers more than any other. After proffering a long dissertation on how to solve a trigonometry equation, […]


Just Preach the Gospel!

March 13, 2014 | Posted by John Kieschnick

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times, “All you have to do to get people to give is to preach the Gospel.” May I suggest that if this were the case churches would never have to worry about money or budget problems? Sad to say, this simply isn’t true. While it […]


The Power of Disruptive Leadership

February 10, 2014 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin is Founder and Mission Developer of LINC Los Angeles, a mission agency dedicated to launching transformative faith communities in the city. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: I’m really taken by the picture of leadership shown in the story of Lydia that we find in Acts 16. Just as a refresher, the […]