Emboldened to be the church

  The weekend before Christmas I got the call that my father was dying. A winter storm had already begun and there was no way anyone from the family would be able to travel to the assisted living center where he was. My mother normally lives with Dad but she was two blocks away staying […]

martinluther

As printed in the January STAR Throughout this year we will be celebrating the Gospel, using the witness of Martin Luther as a symbol of how that Gospel transforms individuals and the church. The Gospel is woven into what Dr. Luther said and wrote. There are several phrases of Luther’s theology that exemplify this and […]

content

In a previous post, “We already have the story.  The delivery is the easy part”, I wrote about how important and yet challenging it is for digital marketers to come up with meaningful content that makes a difference in people’s lives.  I noted that content should not be a challenge for us.  The church has […]

reformation

2017 marks the 500th commemoration of the Reformation which is traditionally dated October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg to protest what he saw as abuses in the church at the time. Synods and churches throughout the ELCA are planning different ways […]

digitalsummit

That was my main takeaway when I attended Digital Summit, a digital marketing conference in Dallas last week. I believe it would be a good idea for pastors to attend these kinds of events for continuing education once in a while.   We’ve probably all had enough bible and theology classes for a while.  It’s […]

christmas

In the Northeastern Iowa Synod December, STAR, I talk about how pastors and leaders can do more with their digital ministry and outreach by posting a message about Christmas on their website. This time of the year there is a spike in the number of people googling “the meaning of Christmas”.   If you are a […]

death

As congregations and church leaders have discovered, social media is a quick and efficient way to disseminate information.  The flip side of the speed and reach of information is that sometimes inaccurate and personal information can be spread as well. Therefore, congregations need to have consistent and well-known policies in place when it comes to […]