webpages

It’s 2018.  Your Christmas Schedule should be gone from your website and your Lent and Easter Schedule up.  It’s also a good time to see what else needs to be updated on your website so that visitors can find the information they are looking for and learn more about your congregation. I’ve said this before […]

xnunity18

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a time for Christians all over the world to pray for the unity of the church. This week first came about because of a conversation between Father James Paul Wattson, an American Episcopalian Priest (who later converted to Roman Catholicism) and an English clergyman, Rev Spencer Jones.   […]

Lucy Our Lady of Guadelupe

This week we celebrate commemorations that, while representing very different cultures, tell the same story of Incarnation—of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.  They tell of how God comes to us in the poor and ordinary and brings light into darkness. These two celebrations are Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, and Santa […]

pastorsFacebook

Disclaimer:  The following is just one pastor’s suggestion for how church leaders can use Facebook.  I’m just one pastor with more than 30 years of experience in public ministry and nearly 10 years’ experience on Facebook.  I’m one pastor who has used Facebook in many different ways, made some mistakes and seen a lot of […]

women & Justice

It seems the flood gates have opened wide the past weeks to expose the issue of sexual harassment and assault.  There is nothing new about the problem, but there seems to be something new about the discussion.  Women are becoming more open about speaking out and people are taking the issue more seriously than in […]

Congregation Vitality

Congregations who are looking to evaluate and renew their mission may find the ELCA Congregational Vitality Project to be a helpful tool. The Congregational Vitality Project started as a way to better understand how congregations are living out God’s mission in their context. Frustrated by traditional measures of “butts and bucks,” researchers with the ELCA’s […]

Foundation

What would your congregation do if you unexpectedly received a large bequest?  While your first thought might be that this would the best thing that could happen to a congregation, experience has shown that without a plan, gifts like this can derail a congregation’s mission faster than the problem of lack of funds can. Or […]