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 […]

I know, Fall arrived sooner than you were ready and there were Rally Day and God’s Work our Hands Day, and a new Bible Study starting up and plans for the Fall Supper and Bazaar.  And last year you thought you’d do something really elaborate for Social Media Sunday, but here it is coming up […]

For more and more folks, email is the preferred method of communication. You may already find that many of your members choose to receive their newsletters by e-mail when given that option. You are probably sending them the regular print edition in a PDF form.  This is not the best way to communicate your news.  […]

If you’ve managed to miss news of the latest craze of the Pokémon GO game app, you may be perplexed by the sight of people slowing down in front of your church, lingering in the parking lot or even standing outside with their phones as though taking photos. If you do see this sight in […]

When I came on board as Director for Evangelical Mission at the Northeastern Iowa Synod, I was all about Social Media.  Social media is the new mission field and we need to be there, “showing ‘em Jesus” in the midst of that world as well as everywhere else we are called to bring the good […]

So you need to come up with another youth bible study or devotion and you are out of fresh ideas. You could google “Youth Bible Study” but there is no way to evaluate the usefulness, quality or theological appropriateness of what comes up. The ELCA Youth Ministry Network has a resource for you. Martin’s List. […]