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Mar. 30, 2012

Looking Beyond Place: The Missional Church of Flows

By Sandy Troyan, MA Senior in Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary Edited & posted by Keith Long, MDiv Senior concentrating in Children, Youth and Family Ministry and Congregational Leadership and Mission at Luther Seminary The conversation is alive, yet holds two dominate perspectives: 1. I am aware that the world around me is different. Things look different.
Jan. 17, 2012

Introducing AMP (All Metro Praise)…

“Collaborative Worship – an act of Stewardship”  Dave Scherer and Tony Fair give us a peek into the emerging All Metro Praise (AMP) worship experience partnering city and suburban churches in praising God together with ALL of our gifts.  The first AMP worship experience will be January 29th at Augsburg College.  All are welcome – so come! Where: Augsburg College,
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Dec. 20, 2011

Generous Person in the Bible–David, Part 2

This email completes a two-part series on the generosity of King David, seen in the collection of the offering for the building of the temple in I Chronicles 29.   I wish you a blessed Christmas and some time of rest and relaxation with those you love. Chick Lane Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders Luther Seminary Generous Person
Nov. 15, 2011

Training leaders for a world that no longer exists

Dr. David Lose weighs in on the future of seminaries, and theological education, with this provocative statement: I’d argue the single most significant cause of decline is far simpler: most seminaries are training leaders for a church and world that no longer exists. Lose references Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk’s book, The Missional Leader, and the three zones that organizations
Oct. 26, 2011

Lessons from Apple?

I’m fascinated by this reflection in the Harvard Business Review blog. James Allworth dares to suggest that the pursuit of profit alone is not the key to innovation, and that Apple demonstrated this very clearly and beautifully: When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of
Sep. 27, 2011

Caught in the Current – by Terri Elton

I don’t know about you, but as a family with children in school, this time of the year I get caught in the current. Our family tries hard to be intentional about how we spend our time, who we spend our time with and what commitments we take on all year long, but this time of year it never works.
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Aug. 30, 2011

Stewarding God’s Gift of Time by Tim Coltvet

Probably one of the finest lessons taught to me about time came from a wise and learned friend from Tanzania. As a part of our growing congregational partnership, we were able to spend time together as ordinary people learning from one another and listening deeply to what the other had to share. “You see, Pastor Tim” he would say, “in
Jul. 29, 2011

Living Your Strengths by Nancy Lee Gauche

“Everyone has a calling. Discovering it is what life is about and that calling does not come from God’s voice thundering from above; but it more often comes from whispers deep within you, from the very essence of your being. God expects nothing more from you than to live that life for which you were created!” — (Living Your Strengths)
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Jan. 10, 2009

Stewardship Lesson Overview

This is an overview and guide for a series of three lessons on generosity of about 50-60 minutes. Each is created for mixed age groups containing adults, children and youth. LEADER’S GUIDE AND OVERVIEW Financial Stewardship Lesson Plans for Mixed Age Groups Created by Dr. Diane E. Shallue December 2008 INTRODUCTION This is a series of three lessons of about
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Jan. 10, 2009

Being a Cheerful Giver

2 Corinthians 9: 6-8 Luke 6:38 This lesson combines discussion about generous people with thinking about having a big heart by watching the animated movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  It connects the biblical foundation in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8 to how people act when they are generous cheerful givers. “Being a Cheerful Giver” Intergenerational Stewardship Lesson Plan Created by