Staff Insights

Clutching coffee like a life preserver

Submitted by the Rev. Phil Hirsch “I just joined a new church and I am struggling to fit in,” commented a reader who liked “7 tips for keeping new church members,” a post to the Women of the ELCA’s blog.* Read More →

Rarely in church… except at Christmas

by the Rev. Phil Hirsch The single best opportunity to connect with new people all year may be Christmas. This article can help your congregation make the most of it. The 10 tips for positive impact are really good. 10 Read More →

Record keeping to facilitate recovery

by Karen Krueger A summary of vital document protection in preparation for possible emergencies was taken from an Internal Revenue Service document by Wheat Ridge Ministries. With the most lamentable consequences of disaster presently around us following Hurricane Matthew, and Read More →

La obra de Dios. Nuestras manos.

La obra de Dios. Nuestras manos. My first staff meeting with the Rev. Leila Ortiz, new Assistant to the Bishop in the synod, and already I learned something! She voiced an audio program designed to help students, pastors and other church leaders conduct the liturgy in Read More →

Spring cleaning

by Katharyn Wheeler What do you clean in the church office when Spring Cleaning comes around? Did you know that the ELCA has a policy on what to retain and when to discard for church documents? A copy of the Read More →

Gift from an ‘Unplanned Adventure’

by Karen Krueger A diaconal minister from the ELCA Northeastern Iowa Synod with cancer writes from her heart, mind, spirit and experience in a May 2016 synod newsletter. “This newsletter will offer some ideas to help talk about life changing Read More →