Staff Insights

Schooling for Army Chaplains

Schooling for Army Chaplains “This is the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where the Army trains clergy of all faiths how to survive in combat.” A CNN piece on military chaplains caught the ear of Amy Acland of the Read More →

So… where will you be married?

So… where will you be married? A number of pastors have moved here from other states over the last few years. It is important to remember that this synod encompasses three different legal jurisdictions: the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. I just read an article* which Read More →

Going into labor

Going into labor Are posters explaining certain laws displayed in your church building for staff? Federal laws require that places of employment display posters explaining employee and employer rights and obligations. These describe things like minimum wage, polygraph rights of employees, nondiscrimination laws Read More →

Self-service option to expand congregational awareness

Self-service option to expand congregational awareness Miss the “Secret Visitor Training” last month?* Bummer. Many congregations are on their way to expanding their understanding of what it’s like for a newcomer in their midst. HOWEVER, feedback regarding how people experience your congregation is certainly still possible! Read More →

Organizing Sites Minister to Needs

Organizing Sites Minister to Needs Most of you may know about these meaningful sites… but even church folk have heard what they say about assuming… Here are a few I was reminded of recently.*  Please add your own! caringbridge.org – CaringBridge provides free websites that Read More →

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 →