By Thom Rainer It is likely the single day of the year more unchurched decide to visit a church. It is an incredible opportunity for most congregations. While Easter is the day most churchgoers decide to show up at the same time, Christmas Eve is indeed prime time for the unchurched. Why is that? Here […]
By Jonathan Howe It’s November, so it’s time to talk about Christmas—at least that’s what my kids tell me. And with Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, we’ll have more discussion later about what services and activities churches are planning for this year. But for now, let’s talk about Facebook, Christmas, and your church. Facebook […]
By Sue Sprang GLADWIN COUNTY – What if I were tell you that three out of four ECLA clergy are volunteer fire fighters? Well, at least that’s true for Gladwin County, where four ELCA clergy reside and three serve on their community’s fire departments. The story begins in 1980 with Pastor David Sprang, a Gladwin […]
By Jonathan Howe Summer often means vacation time and travel for many church members. It also means lower attendance and participation numbers in many churches. While you’ll likely experience some summer lull, you can help minimize this by utilizing one or more of these tips for engaging your church members this summer. Create a […]
By Thom Rainer I love pastors. I love their hearts. I love their commitment to God and to the churches they serve. I also love new pastors. It is fascinating to hear their thoughts after they have served as a pastor for a year or two. I have assembled some of those thoughts in the […]
By Thom Rainer You are the new pastor of the church. Expectations are high on your part and on the members’ part. Perhaps you celebrate with some type of installation service. You are ready to lead and move the church forward. After all, you are the pastor. Right? Wrong. In most established churches, there is […]
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.