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We have all the volunteers we need

How are we equipping, encouraging, and enabling the people God has given us to serve and volunteer in His mission?

Effective Outreach, Part 4: Effective outreach provides appropriate and appealing entry points into Word and Sacrament ministry

It is up to us to provide ways into the Word and Sacrament ministry of our congregation that ease nonchurched people’s fears and keep them from being intimidated.

Effective Outreach, Part 3: Effective outreach fosters relationship-building

If we can learn to intentionally build relationships with nonchurched people, we will be meeting a tremendous need. And we’ll be opening doors to the Gospel for them.

Effective Outreach, Part 2: Effective outreach creates connections with nonchurched people

Effective outreach is the “planting and watering” (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9) through which a congregation intentionally engages nonchurched people in ways that … provide the congregation with means of continuing contact with the nonchurched people.

What Is Effective Outreach? (Effective Outreach, Part 1)

Effective outreach is a critical element of a congregation’s well-being. What is “effective outreach”?

Six things your congregation can do to get more people involved

We are celebrating the service of volunteers in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Wouldn’t it be great to have more volunteers to celebrate? Here are some ideas to get more people involved … and people more involved.

God bless our volunteers!

We give thanks to God for the incredible support He gives to us through our volunteers.

Synod demographic studies offer insight despite critiques

In this blog post, I hope to offer some clarifications that will further the efforts of interested readers, as they make plans for the future of their ministries in the challenging cultural landscape of 21st-century America.

Appreciation, Celebration, Graduation, Identification

It is important for us to identify young people who have a heart for ministry and encourage them to consider church work as a vocation.

Insights from LCMS Statistics: Reasons for Hope and Growth

What studying LCMS Baptism and Confirmation trends reveals about the state of our church body and our hope for the future.

CrossFit, Drive-By’s and Jesus.

What I’ve learned from a friend who does Crossfit and why the Church should take notice.

Tis the Season to Sing

I’m noticing the music of the Christmas season this year as I reflect on music and the role of music in youth ministry.

Some things change, some things never change

How can you be part of that natural change in the spheres of life where God has placed you?

Reaching Your Neighbors through Fellowship – Missional Communities

Many of Christ’s followers became active in missional community with Him because someone was connected to them, invited, encouraged and mentored them as a disciple of Jesus.

Being the Remnant Church: Sow for the Promised Future

In strength or weakness, when we have plenty or when we are in want, as a powerful church or as a remnant church, we sow for this promised future.

Wounds, Scars and Bloody Death in the City: A Good Friday Reflection

– Her first day as our deaconess fieldworker, she rushed to the HUD facility on…