Are you Patched in?

The Patch is a new way to connect with the local community around your congregation. It’s free, easy and worth a look. “I find Patch helpful and a potentially vital…

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Getting the Message Across

“Your church has a message. A message of truth, hope and purpose. But, before people in your congregation or community encounter that message, they encounter your church. “Your job, as…

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Which mat is at your door?

Twelve bold congregations welcomed secret visitors into their midst, instigated by a training held earlier this year as our synod tries in 2011 to “See Ourselves As Others Do.” With 25…

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POVs on Being a Visitor

Just because I go to church every Sunday doesn’t mean everyone does. How might it feel to be someone new crossing the church’s threshold? Clips shown during the Fall Session of the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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