How to You Respond to Prayer Requests?

By Bishop Mike Rinehart My mother once called and asked me, “How is that situation going at your church? I’ve been praying for you every day.” What situation? I wondered. After a brief back-and-forth I recalled the situation. A year prior I had vented about a...

Measuring Ministry Engagement in the Era of COVID-19

By The Rev. Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission When I visit the doctor, she invariably takes my vitals— my blood pressure, my weight, and my temperature.  Once a year, I have blood drawn for a complete blood panel.  None of these actually tell the doctor if...

Remote Meetings During and After the Pandemic

Remote Council meetings Texas and Louisiana non-profit law allows online meetings and decisions as long as they don’t violate your constitution, bylaws or other governing documents: Louisiana(10) The board of directors, or any committee of the board, may hold a...

Time for Legacy Planning?

By Lizbeth Johnson, Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest In a recent Around the Synod article, Reverend Chris Markert, the Bishop’s Associate for Mission, provides some ideas for congregations during times of financial distress such as now during the COVID-19...

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