This is Tyler   Tyler is going to be a pastor in an ELCA congregation. Tyler is a lifelong member of American Lutheran in Jesup, Iowa.  In high school he attended WIYLDE and served on the Lutheran Youth Organization Board.  He graduated from Wartburg College in 2017. Tyler is finishing up his first year at […]

#rally2endRacism

    Last week on Wednesday, April 4, people of faith from around the country gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Organized by the National Council of the Churches of Christ, the rally,  called “A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) to End […]

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 […]

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 […]

TellingYourStory

Marketers know something the church should know.  People love a good story. People will always be drawn to a story that gives meaning to their lives. As the church, we have that story. We have THE Story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Congregations have a story of how they are a […]

youth

Among the 315 voting members at the 2017 Synod Assembly, 17  were youth voting members. This was the first Synod Assembly for Matthias Letsche, member of Redeemer Lutheran in Waverly.  It was a very positive experience for him.  “It was a very unifying experience,” observes Letsche, who plans to become a pastor.  “All the best […]

mission

Your mission statement reminds members who they are and what they are about. Sometimes churches get distracted or lazy or burned out.  This comes from not having a clear purpose.  A clear mission statement reminds everyone what we are here for.   A mission statement helps members talk publicly about their faith. Writing a mission […]