By Sue Sprang SYNOD – At this year’s synod assembly, The North/West Lower Michigan Synod bids a fond farewell to long-time synod office support staff member Margie Bauer. Bauer served under Bishops Emeriti Gary Hansen and John Schleicher and current Bishop Craig Satterlee. After moving to the Lansing area in May 1997, Bauer and her […]
By Sue Sprang JACKSON – One of Lutheranism’s strengths is the value placed on meeting human need – not just spiritual fulfillment, but physical needs, education, mental and emotional health, and whatever else it takes to make a person whole. These emphases are set into examples for us in the Gospels: Jesus preaches, teaches, casts […]
By Rev. Bob Linstrom In an article published in the Grand Rapids Press, Rev. Bob Linstrom reflects on being a part of an interfaith partnership in Grand Rapids and recent interfaith pilgrimage to Israel. Read More.
By David Sprang The ELCA in cooperation with other mainline denominations has compiled research showing the 7 most effective plans for renewal in a church. Here are the 7 categories and some reflections on them. This is just the beginning of the conversation. This is not an exhaustive list. It is only a start. Ideas […]
By Thom Rainer You are trying to comprehend why the giving levels in your church are down. You may know several possibilities, but you aren’t certain. As I have worked with several congregations, we have isolated the issue to one or a few causes. See if any of these causative factors may be at work […]
By Karl Vaters Do what you love and the money will take care of itself. That’s been a popular phrase for as long as I can remember. Wouldn’t it be great if it was true? I’ve also heard this related phrase for as long as I can remember: just preach the gospel, love people, reach […]
By Erik Parker “You give us hope for the future.” The first time I heard those words, I was 23 years old and in seminary. A group of us had travelled 7 hours, from the prairies to the mountains, to attend a study conference for pastors and other church professionals. We were a group […]
MIDLAND – It’s Katrina’s fault. It began twelve years ago with members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland, joining other folks to help make sense of the wide path of destruction left by the hurricane. Since 2005, Trinity members have become part of the Trinity Adult Response Mission Team that travels to areas of the country […]
By Sue Sprang SYNOD – The following letter was recently received from Pastor Chris Laughlin – also known as Chaplain or Major Christopher Laughlin. A member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Laughlin is currently serving at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and will complete his one-year tour of duty this spring. He previously served Grace Lutheran […]
By Carol Howard Merritt It’s probably good that most churches aren’t wrapped up on the latest fads. But there are cultural shifts congregations and church leaders need to track and respond to sensibly. Download the full article.