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Faithful Adaptation: Digital Community and Outreach

Faithful Adaptation: Digital Community and Outreach

Stories and insights from a seasoned digital pastor to help you adapt to moving community online.
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For Such a Time as This

In the midst of chaotic times, using innovation thinking can help us discover new ways to lead.
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The Good Old Days and Other Works of Fiction

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Stories explain who we are and how we got to be this way, but some stories limit organizations.
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For Such a Time as This

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In the midst of chaotic times, using innovation thinking can help us discover new ways to lead.
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Authentic preaching: three ways to ensure your sermons aren’t faking Good News

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Revive these spiritual practices to connect with God and bring authentic joy to your preaching.
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Why Marketing Should Not Be A Dirty Word For Christian Writers

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It can be a struggle for Christians to promote their own writing. Learn why our views on this matter.
Tending the Soul of the Institution

Tending the Soul of the Institution

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A dualistic way of thinking about leadership is limiting. Learn to tend to the soul of an institution as a transformative way forward.
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Ash Wednesday and National Repentance

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"Red State Christians" author Angela Denker considers Ash Wednesday through the lens of national uncertainty, Ezra, Nehemiah...and the 400-meter dash.
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Three Tips to Ensure Your Sermon Offers a Clear Message of Good News

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Many preachers struggle to craft a clear message that also focuses enough on God. Use these strategies to start doing both.
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10 Metrics Instead of Butts and Bucks

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Many of the metrics we use to define success in our congregations were made for another time and context. Track these 10 instead of butts and bucks.
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Why I’m Teaching a Class on Political Dialogue When No One Wants to Talk to Each Other

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"Red State Christians" author Angela Denker explains why she's hopeful about the future of political discourse in America.
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Why Writing is Important for Faith Leaders – Now More than Ever

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The leader of a resource center for spiritual writers examines how faith leaders can address the challenges they face in reaching their audiences.
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Blue State Christians

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Find out the one question that makes "Red State Christians" author Angela Denker's blood boil...and why it does.
The Power of the 'Don't Know' Mindset

The Power of the ‘Don’t Know’ Mindset

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Find out why MicroGrants CEO Don Samuels says the willingness to "not know" is the first requirement in transforming the world.
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What to Say When People Say “That’s Too Political”

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Angela Denker, author of "Red State Christians," explains how she's learned to discuss politics without being partisan.
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Six Months of Dwelling in Acts 16: One congregation’s experience

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Read pastor Phil Ruge-Jones insights from guiding a congregation through an in-depth study of Acts 16.
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Three Ways the Church Can Separate National Pride and Christian Identity

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Angela Denker, the author of "Red State Christians," offers some concrete suggestions for addressing issues around Christianity and nationalism.
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Discovering the Power of Gratitude

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In her new book Diana Butler Bass traces her evolution from being a self-described ungrateful person to discovering the power of gratitude to change her life.
The Year in Review: Our Top Twelve Stories of 2019

The Year in Review: Our Top Twelve Stories of 2019

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2019 was filled with great stories at Luther Faith+Lead--take a look back and enjoy twelve of our most popular.
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Breakthrough Spiritual Practice: Borrow a Tool

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Practice being vulnerable with your neighbors by allowing them to serve you.
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The Heart of Why People Give

A stewardship pledge is about more than just paying the pastor's salary or the church's electric bill. It's about your spiritual health and survival.
Noticing. Naming. New Noticing.

Noticing. Naming. New Noticing.

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Talking together about where we see God’s presence makes us more likely to see God showing up the next time.

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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part Two: Christmas in Early America)

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Not everyone celebrated Christmas in America's early colonies. Learn more about how Christmas became established in America in part two of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Christmas Was Not Always Like This (Part One: The Beginnings of Christmas)

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The story of how Christmas has been celebrated in Christian history contains surprises for most of us. Read the first of our three-part series on the history of Christmas.
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Stewarding Congregational Wellness

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While our instinct for stewarding wellness tends to be for individuals, it should also apply to the congregation as a whole. Learn how to gauge your congregation's health and the actions you can take to improve it.
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How to Host an Intergenerational Art Event at Your Church

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This breakthrough practice is for anyone in your neighborhood to come together and share an experience around art.
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Learning to Listen – See Faithful Innovation in Action

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Training from Luther Seminary introduced faithful innovation concepts to two Wisconsin churches. Watch their story and learn more.
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The Ancient Art of Thanking

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Robert Hay, Jr. looks at the underestimated value of giving thanks to your church members, and how an old-fashioned hand-written note can build a stronger, more authentic relationship.
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Watch Mary Hess’ Boston College Presentation: “Finding Faith in the Maelstrom – Storytelling as a Source of Hope”

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"We know who we are in relation to God in large measure by the stories we share."
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Lessons in Innovation from the Old Testament

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Cameron Howard points to the Old Testament as a valuable resource for understanding times of change and the need for innovation.
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Cultivating God’s Expansive Generosity (Part Two)

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How do you turn generosity from a thought into a behavior? In part two of his look at generosity as discipleship, Larry Strenge examines the second and third shifts in mindset he feels are needed.
Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part Two)

Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part Two)

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Read part two of Rev. Dr. Stephanie Spellers inspirational, insightful, and winding journey of faith.
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Cultivating God’s Expansive Generosity (Part One)

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In part one of a two-part series, Pastor Larry Strenge shares the first of three mindset shifts he sees as being necessary for cultivating generosity.
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How to Make Going to a Baseball Game a Meaningful Spiritual Practice

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This breakthrough practice helps you build community, show support for your neighbors, and experience God’s presence in daily life.
Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part One)

Philip, Ethiopian Eunuch, You and Me (Part One)

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For the Ethiopian eunuch, the Holy Spirit sent Philip. For Reverend Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, it was Lutherans. Learn more about her inspiring journey to Christianity.
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Forgive Us Our Debt (Part Two)

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Does Good Debt = Good People? Read part two of Katherine Shaner's look at the difference God's grace can make in the way we think about our money and our debts.
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People Want to Tell Their Stories

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James Hazelwood, author of "Everyday Spirituality," reflects on the amazing response he received when he asked people to share their stories of spirituality.

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