The year 2019 was a time of growth, learning, and exploration for everyone here at Faith+Lead. It was also a year filled with great stories—and because a new year is the perfect time to take a look back, here are twelve of our most popular stories from last year, in no particular order.
New projections forecast just 16,000 in worship across the entire ELCA by 2041. Why is this happening and what can be done? By Luther Seminary VP of Innovation and associate professor of congregational mission and leadership Dwight Zscheile.
This breakthrough practice helps you discern where the Holy Spirit is at work in your neighborhood–just by sitting and observing.
“Doing something” with new information helps people remember better. Discover 10 ways to preach more memorable sermons by inviting action and staying confident in the gospel. By Madeline Burbank.
Do our theologies suggest that balance sheets can never be the mark of our virtue, or even our value, within God’s economy? By Rev. Dr. Katherine A. Shaner.
In Spring 2019, the Luther Seminary community designed an experiment called Why Jesus?, a practice that helps Christians learn to share personal stories of faith as well as listen deeply to others.
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.” By Catherine Malotky.
The keynote address from the Faithful Innovation Summit, July 24-26, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dwight Zscheile (VP of Innovation, Luther Seminary) and Michael Binder (Affiliate Professor at Luther Seminary and Co-Lead Pastor at Mill City Church, Minneapolis) ask what we can do to renew the church’s identity.
As innovation becomes a buzzword, it’s easy for church leaders to reduce it to a trend. But how might it play a powerful role in renewal? By Terri Martinson Elton.
Try creating a neighborhood prayer station as a simple and effective way of connecting with your community.
Over the past twenty years or so, the stewardship landscape has shifted significantly. By Pastor Charles Lane.
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. By Bruce David Forbes.
Bishop Erik Gronberg reflects on what he’s learned about stewardship health, given his lens as bishop in Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana. By Rev. Erik Gronberg, Ph.D.
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