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Ministry Impact Story: Lutheran Church of the Ascension

Meredith Mahon Morris November 30, 2016

Since its birth in 1959, Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Northfield, IL has been creating faithful servants of God. The church’s vision is to be a vibrant, progressive church that welcomes all who want to work in Jesus’ name. Its members are united in that vision, and they live out that calling by serving… Continue Reading »

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Joining the Podcasting Renaissance

Natalie Van Sistine November 29, 2016

If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, it might be worth looking into. Since its release in 2014, podcasting is enjoying what some have called the 2014 Podcast Renaissance. This American Life, RadioLab, and more are drawing thousands into the podcasting fold every week. And it shouldn’t be that surprising considering how many of us… Continue Reading »

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Opening Wide the Window of Gratitude

Meredith Mahon Morris November 24, 2016

Recently, I heard a preacher teach how most of us face unwanted circumstances with either Fear or Faith. I’ve walked through a number of hard things lately – unwanted news, sick loved ones, painful relationships – and my knee-jerk reaction is usually fear. I want to respond with faith, but how do I get there? In those… Continue Reading »

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How to talk about Stewardship with your Members

sallyg November 22, 2016

Giving is crucial to the survival and growth of any church today.  This is often not the easiest subject for a pastor to address to his or her membership, but it is one that needs prayerful and spirit-led guidance in the right timing of the message.  In today’s economic culture, the average church member is… Continue Reading »

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Recruiting Volunteers by Sharing your “Why”

John Gilman November 15, 2016

Recruiting new volunteers is an ongoing need in growing congregations. As people move or experience a change in life circumstances, they move out of certain volunteer roles, leaving gaps in serving areas. It can be challenging to communicate needs to the congregation without sounding desperate or pleading. The goal is to recruit volunteers who are… Continue Reading »

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Leading the Way by Giving Back

Meredith Mahon Morris November 10, 2016

In the current exhausting political climate, most of us are hungry for some sort of encouragement and a reminder of why we love where we live. We need communities that are unified and working together. We need our coming together to be stronger than the arguments that threaten to tear us apart. We long to… Continue Reading »

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What your ChMS Data is Telling You

Russ Fortier November 7, 2016

The single most important resource for a church is the information it has regarding its members, guests and operations. Key decisions can be made, vision can be cast, and direction can be decided all from analyzing information in your ChMS.  At a minimum, a good ChMS should be able to tell you nine important things… Continue Reading »

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