Three Ways I Stay Connected to the 3,000 Memb...

August 15, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

My mother comes from a very small town in north central Illinois. As I grew up we would travel to visit my relatives on my mother’s side of the family a couple times each year. I don’t get to that town too often anymore, but this past fall my wife and I traveled with my […]


Five Questions Good Leaders Ask Themselves Wh...

August 12, 2016 | Posted by Peter Kelm

Leaders make decisions. They need to be decisive. They need to be confident in their decisions. But when the evidence mounts, they need to be able to say, “That was a bad decision.” We’ve all been there. We misread the situation. We looked at the wrong metrics. We improperly judged another’s motivation. Our strategy was […]


Understanding Church Attendance Patterns

August 11, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

At one time we simply accepted as obvious that regular worship attendance meant that a person missed only when they were forced to by unforeseen circumstances. Like gentle waves on the ocean, attendance would rise and fall ever so slightly. Rather than the calm seas of the past, we live in times of rough seas. […]


Retired Pastors Who Stay Around

August 8, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

Is it a good idea for a retired pastor to remain a member of the congregation he last served? Probably not. Is it always a bad idea for a retired pastor to remain a member of the congregation he last served? Probably not. I’ve seen retired pastors who create problems at whatever congregation they decide […]


Is Your Church Using Facebook All Wrong?

July 25, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke

The phrase “meet you where you’re at” is a popular one in today’s churches. It’s a good line! It’s a good mindset. I think it’s bigger and simpler than we even realize. To meet people where they’re at, we first need to meet people. Where are people? I think we can pretty much agree they aren’t […]


It’s Safer and Easier to Expect Less, L...

July 18, 2016 | Posted by Karl Galik

Over time the security of the institution can become more important than the uncertainty of the adventure of faith. Usually slowly, the safety of people becomes more important than the risks of going and doing. Perhaps imperceptibly, we expect less from ourselves, our congregational leadership – and (dare I say it), from God. It’s just easier […]