Staff Insights

Welcoming newcomers to our congregation

Welcoming newcomers to our congregation This list of “top ten things we have learned about welcoming newcomers to our congregation” struck the Rev. Phil Hirsch of the synod staff as helpful, especially as we advance our synod’s theme in 2011: To See Ourselves As Others Read More →

Work worth doing

Work worth doing The weather is starting to improve, the flowers are starting to bloom, and we’ve been marked with the sign of the cross on our foreheads that brings us closer to the day that is the Resurrection of Our Lord and Read More →

“Switcheroo” pulled by pastor

“Switcheroo” pulled by pastor “I experienced worship as a ‘normal’ person,” admitted the Rev. Matt Miofsky after moving from the pulpit to the pews on a Sunday morning without a leadership role to play in the worship service.   The Rev. Amy Thompson Sevimli has Read More →

Toward inspirational worship

Toward inspirational worship “Inspiration is not something I can plan or do,” he said. “I don’t get it. When I plan worship services, I pick hymns and practice music. They say they want the worship to be more ‘inspirational,’ but what does that Read More →

Health Care Tax Credit for Church Employers

Health Care Tax Credit for Church Employers Church employers may be eligible for health care tax credit of up to 25% according to a document published January 6, 2011, by the Church Alliance Core Lawyer Working Group’s Health Care Reform sub-committee to help church-affiliated employers understand the Read More →

Surprise in Community of Welcome

Surprise in Community of Welcome We are beginning a year in the life of our synod in which we will try to pay careful attention to the impression that our Christian communities make on other people.* We are going to make the effort to see Read More →