CULTIVATE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Leaders and congregations need to cultivate Christian community by listening to people, loving them, and building trust within and beyond the church.

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As With One, So With All: Reflections on Re-opening when the Pastor is Vulnerable

The Body of Christ from 1 Corinthians 12 can ground our theology of worship during the pandemic.
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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.
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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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 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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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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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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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.
How to Discern God's Presence from a Lawn Chair

How to Discern God’s Presence from a Lawn Chair

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This breakthrough practice helps you discern where the Holy Spirit is at work in your neighborhood--just by sitting and observing.
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New Research on the Economic Practices of Congregations

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A new Study on Congregations' Economic Practices is being called "the largest and most comprehensive nationally representative study on money and congregations in over a generation." 
How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

How to Create a Neighborhood Prayer Station

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Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
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Will the ELCA be Gone in 30 Years?

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New projections forecast just 16,000 in worship across the entire ELCA by 2041. Why is this happening and what can be done?
Gratitude & Grace

Gratitude & Grace

There are many G-words in the English-speaking church world; God, Good, Glory,
Loving the Least of These

Loving the Least of These

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Our call as Christians is to love -- not from a distance, but by breaking down boundaries and walking side-by-side with our neighbor.
Telling our Stories about God and Money

Telling our Stories about God and Money

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As we near the end of Advent with anticipation for another year
A Holy Process towards Stewardship Speaking: Part 1

A Holy Process towards Stewardship Speaking: Part 1

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In this week’s post, Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore describes her recent journey
Squeezed

Squeezed

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I recently read -- get this -- a non-churchy book! Before I
Who is Giving? Part 2

Who is Giving? Part 2

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Last week, Erin Weber-Johnson called us to be mindful of the particular

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