Why aren’t we growing?

Why do people keep asking what do we need to do to grow? What are the common characteristics of growing churches? What are indicators of decline? Recently I saw a graph that showed churches that focused on survival or inward were in decline. The same graph showed churches that had a vision for outreach and … [Read more…]

Pastoral Letter

 Pastoral Letter to me! Sometimes I just need to kick myself in the seat of my pants and grab on to something and hang on for dear life. This letter is a reflection of my thoughts and faith at this particular moment. I write it to myself but if it helps someone else that would … [Read more…]

Invitation Ministry

Personal Invitations to church are still the most effective growth mechanism   I know this is dated information but (Source: The Inviting Church, 1987 p. 44) 50,000 people over the last 10 years were asked why they came to church, and between 75 and 90 percent of respondents say, “I began attending because someone invited … [Read more…]

Shared Ministry in the ELCA

Visioning for a new model of ministry The Situation There is no denying that there is a decline in Church membership going on in the United States.  This decline means that Lutheran Congregations need to be proactive in how ministry is staffed and provided in the future. The old models are quickly becoming obsolete. This … [Read more…]