By Sue Sprang NEW ERA – The pastor and members of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Era, didn’t allow the demise of their Vacation Bible School program keep them from reaching out to the area’s children. Until last year, Trinity had worked alongside to congregations in nearby Shelby (about seven miles) to bring VBS to the […]
By Sue Sprang SYNOD – Sister Nancy Brousseau, O.P. knew as a child that she was headed for serving God and the church. Now, as she steps away from her role as Facilitator of Living Fire Ministries (a ministry of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod), she feels at peace and looks forward to her continued […]
A post by Chuck Lawless serves as the basis for today’s podcast. Dr. Lawless has been consulting with churches for nearly two decades and shared ten things he had learned from dozens of church consultations. Download the Full Article.
Adaptive leaders who are seeking to live well have a knack for asking the right questions at the right time to reframe how our ministries unfold. The questions below are ones you may find helpful as you seek to live and lead well. Download the full article.
By Sue Sprang NEW ERA – “It was a good year,” said C. J. Clark, as he reflected on last year’s summer camp and looked toward this year’s upcoming season, “and we expect this year to be a good one, too.” Clark is the executive director of Living Water Ministries (LWM), a joint program of […]
By Sue Sprang GLADWIN – Cold January morning. Check. Food truck. Check. Volunteers. Check. Dinosaur. Check. Wait! What? There’s a dinosaur? Yep! You’ve got to admit, it’s not every day you see a dinosaur at a food distribution – if ever – but that’s exactly what happened at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin. […]
By Sue Sprang It is what it is… or is it? It seems a currently common phrase is: “It is what it is”. And sometimes that’s the way it has to be. Sometimes whatever the “it” is cannot be changed. Whether or not we like the “it” doesn’t matter. That’s the way things are and […]
By Thom Rainer She was on her deathbed. Every breath was laborious. Every breath was more difficult. Those who surrounded her knew the end was imminent. It was only matter of time—a very brief time. But the impossible became the possible. The dying lady survived. In fact, she not only survived, her outlook is very […]
By Thom Rainer There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire? Instead of responding with a specific number, I ask my Baby […]
By Nathan Kirkpatrick Download the article Beginning Your Board’s Leadership Together