The world is changing. I’m sure you’ve noticed this. School is different for your kids than it was for you. The political environment is unlike anything you’ve seen before. Societal values have shifted radically. And something about your church is different, too. Things are changing for the Church in North America. Estimates are that around
For some, the word planting comes across as insider language. In the sub-culture of the church planting world there is an entire language mostly unknown to the outside. We’ve all heard planters talk about “doing a parachute drop church plant,” or “starting with a launch team.” What do these words even mean? More importantly, what
Pastor Jacob looked at the email, grimaced, and thought, “Not another one.” His heart sank a bit. Another individual was contacting him after visiting the church on Sunday and asking for a pastoral visit, ending his email, “And my wife and I are very interested in the possibility of joining your vibrant congregation!” Pastor Jacob
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, ESV). Imagine with me what our churches would look like if we actually lived out the truth of this verse. Of course, we confess that it is, in fact, true—it’s the Word of God! The
Each New Year causes us to reflect: What happened last year? Did I make a difference in my home, in the community I’m a part of, or in the world? Here’s a look at what God has done through you, as part of Women’s Ministries (WMCLB) this past year. SWEET Retreat: Picture a young couple,
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” — Hebrews 13:8 hat a comfort to know that Jesus is always the same, that he never changes and that we can always depend on him to love us and forgive us! We have many such blessings because of his unchanging nature. However, in this fallen
Our witness to the peoples of Chad began with the pioneering ministry of the Revnes and Kaardals among the Moundang people in 1920. It later spread eastward and northward to include the Pévé, Musey and Zimé people groups, not to mention the many people groups in neighboring Cameroon. The goal to catalyze the building of
In the fall of 2008, Caleb Larson and I attended Oak Hill Lutheran Brethren Church in Bloomington, Minnesota for the first time as husband and wife. There we discovered a renewed desire to serve in our church, not just as individuals, but now as a unified couple. Our pastor, Rev. Nick Mundis, encouraged us and
Statistics tell us 80% of North American churches have either stopped growing (plateaued) or are actually shrinking. We’re talking all churches, including those with a high view of Scripture. Just the other day I heard a pastor of a very conservative Lutheran church say that they used to have 1200 people, but now they have
Please pray for all the junior high students who will be attending Jr. High Winter Weekend. Pray that hearts will turn to Jesus and lives will be impacted for Christ.
Third Sunday After Epiphany (Series B) January 21, 2018 Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Epistle: 1 Cor 7:29-31 (32-35) Lesson: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm: Psalm 62 CLB Commentary – Rev. Ed Nugent All Jesus says is, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”, and Simon (Peter) and Andrew immediately drop their nets and leave
Pray for Dr. Jeff Seaver and LBS students during this next week as they explore many aspects of congregational leadership in a course designed to help them lead in ministry.