Lutheran Introduction to Our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Neighbors

Since 1974, ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community. The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program of ReconcilingWorks is for congregations, synods, colleges, seminaries, and other Lutheran organizations that publicly welcome LGBTQ people. As a […]

Easter Communication Tools

This Easter, there is a place for everyone to sing, worship, and celebrate Christ’s resurrection, and your congregation can extend this invitation of welcome to neighbors and the surrounding community. Churchwide has developed Easter communication tools, such as posters, postcards, and door hangers that can be customized with your congregation’s worship times and information. Place […]

Rejoicing Spirits

Rejoicing Spirits is an innovative ministry that works to enrich the faith lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends, and other supportive community members. Unfortunately people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are often overlooked when it comes to inclusion and leadership in our faith communities. Most churches have done significant work in adapting buildings […]

Work Out Process

LEAD’s Work Out Process is a ten-step program undertaken by a congregation to accompany leaders as they deepen their theological understanding, expand relationships beyond their comfort zones, and recognize the gifts, resources, assets, and humanity of all people. A connecting team will lead the process in the congregation by first moving through the steps themselves and then […]

From Where I Sit

Have you ever tried to talk about a major issue in society or the world with your family members or friends? Was it a positive experience? Or did the conversation turn into a debate or argument with polar opposite views, anger, and frustration? If you found yourself nodding your head in agreement with the last […]

Curating Faith Formation

The Curating Faith Formation website provides links to digital Christian content that has been specially selected from high quality and reputable sources. The digital content can be used in designing programming and for adding content to faith formation websites for children, adolescents, adults, families, and all generations. The goal of Curating Faith Formation is to find high quality digital Christian resources that […]

Congregational Website Developer

Stop praying for your website to just work Worship Times offers complete website solutions for churches, ministries, and non-profits. Check out their great designs. Pastors and church management love the ease-of-use and reliability of Worship Times web solutions. It includes the ability to have multiple content creators so that the right church staff or volunteer […]

Best Practices: Active Listening

What are people really saying? Good communication skills require a high level of self-awareness. By understanding your personal style of communicating, you will go a long way towards creating good and lasting impressions with others. Qualities & Characteristics of Active Listening   Video from “Everybody Loves Raymond” on Active Listening

Making the Most of Facebook

After my recent post about churches who use social media in anti-social ways, my inbox was flooded with requests. “What does good social media look like?” “How can we be more social?” For most congregations, Facebook is the primary social media. Most of our members are on Facebook and it is the logical way to […]