A Gift of the Holy Spirit

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by David Hansen, Pastor at Spirit of Joy! and LEAD Director…

Shaping lives-community, prayer & service

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by Kristen Krueger, PhD – LEAD Consultant I was eight…

The Power of God Moments

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“I need to bless you,” interrupted my two-year-old granddaughter…

Thanksgiving Prayer 2017

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This year may our Thanksgiving not be small and rote. This…

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by: Rozella Haydée White How is it with your soul? When…

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Faith is a free gift of the Holy Spirit. People love God and…

From Insider Community to Inclusive Church

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by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Yes, a church is a…

Advent 2017 Reflection

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by Vonda Drees, creator of the 2017 Advent art and Director of…

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By Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD Sometimes the truth…

Book Pantry

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By Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director It’s only been…

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SELAH… A word found over 71 times in 39 of the Psalms and…

Rules that Matter Most - to YOU!

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By Peggy Hahn Everything cannot be of equal value – or…

Deepening Faith

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By Pastor Mindy Roll - Campus Pastor for Treehouse, the Lutheran…

Holding a Gathering - Post Natural Disaster

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Gathering – Post Hurricane Harvey or other Natural Disaster The…

HOPE for Children after a Storm

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by Kristen Krueger, PhD On the first night of the storm, my…

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By Peggy Hahn, Executive Director - LEAD These seven words…

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director, LEAD As leaders, we…

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Chicken and Eggs: A Tale of Mindfulness

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By Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Leaders who are growing…

What is your God-narrative?

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What do we tell ourselves about these questions? Where…

Brave Space*

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by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director I was in Michigan last…

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Welcome to Life in the Valley

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Joy in Many Voices

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by David Hansen, Director of Communication & Innovation The…

A Space to Create

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What has helped you grow in your faith? How has the…

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Joy in New Life

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Spring is the time of renewal and new life. It is happening…

Show Up and Be Seen

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One of LEAD’s highest values is faithful courage. At first…

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by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director We are excited…

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By Peggy Hahn, Executive Director - LEAD Try this reflection…

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This is an excerpt from Work Out by Peggy Hahn, Kristen Krueger,…

Joy in Our Faith

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Leadership in ministry involves lots of details. Planning.…

Who Owns the Church?

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Sometimes I think we confuse the privileges we have in other…

A Summer to Remember: Take a Pilgrimage to Latin America

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director  Do you wish you could…

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Joy in Our Team

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Every February, the Super Bowl is the culminating event of…

Lenten Resources: Let the Living Water Lead Us

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God of imagination, you show yourself to us in so many ways.…

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director If you have a seat on…

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director Full transparency: our…

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director At LEAD we are imagining…

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Manure Urine Sweat Blood The first, life-giving…

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director (check out Part 1: Why) “How?”…

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director Come on…Reveal your…

Stay Alert

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by Pastor David Hansen, Director of Communication & Innovation This…

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There is an urgency in our call to grow leaders – expanding…

Thanksgiving Prayer

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Oh God – Creator, Savior, Helper We thank you for red soil,…

Urgent: Teach Love

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It is not enough to vote. Regardless of how you feel about election…

Hope in Giving Thanks

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Every November, our attention turns toward the 4th Thursday…

A personal reflection – Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director I stopped breathing when…

Peru Pilgrimage

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director Are you ready for the…

Who Is My Neighbor?

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By Pastor David Hansen, Director of Communication and Innovation One…

A Move from Head to Heart: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

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By Lynn Willis, Spiritual Director This is a tale about 3…

Point of View starts with YOU

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The assumption that we hear or remember what others say,…

Happy 100 Days til Christmas! (well actually 108)

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by Lynn Willis, LEAD Spiritual Guide LEAD’s “2016…

Toolbox-Reboot

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  by David Hansen Fall is here – and it brings with…

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           by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director I remember…

We're All In This Together

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Click the photo for a special message from this year’s Disciple…

Short-Term Wins Change the Game

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The athletes already know this. The spectators may not. As…

Hope in Change

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Hope in Change Churches are not known for their embrace…

Unleash the power of REFLECTION

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by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director Let’s say you’re…

Push Pause

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Have you ever had the urge to pause for a brief moment to get…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

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Oh God, we have had the wind knocked out of us. We have been…

Mentoring

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Good for the Soul

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Changing the Rules to be Remarkable: Part 2

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Orlando and a Call for Action

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by Peggy Hahn Prayers of horrified people of faith from…

Orlando and our blindspot

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by Lynn Willis Orlando has been the center of a storm…

Changing the Rules to be Remarkable: Part 1

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  Part 1: Making meaning as a spiritual and religious…

Be a Remarkable Small Congregation

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(Living in the Shadow of a Larger Neighbor) By Peggy Hahn,…

Young Leaders are Hope

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By Pastor David Hansen – Director of Communication &…

Responding with Compassion

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Pastor Brad Otto, Senior Pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church and…

Remarkable means worthy of attention

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by Peggy Hahn Remarkable means worthy of attention. In…

Level UP

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This is a thank you note. Seth Godin is an American author,…

Stewardship is Hope

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By Pastor David Hansen – Director of Communication & Innovation When…

A Decision to be a Learning Congregation

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Why do some congregations have a culture of learning and…

Conversational Intelligence

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by Judith Glaser This book is a “must read” for anyone…

Take Your Life Back

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I put this post-it note on the bookcase over my desk last…

Hope in Pilgrimage

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Have you ever been on a trip that changed your faith or the way…

Growing Leaders of Any Age

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By Beth Hartfiel, Disciple Project Coach In June, LEAD will…

Easter Blessing

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May God bless us with Hope as angry crowds gather in our streets. May…

REFRAMING TEAM WORK: Movement Making

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It’s a fact that most congregations can’t get people…

Book Reviews – pick one!

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By Peggy Hahn LEAD has three books to recommend this month…
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The Camino de Santiago de Compostela

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Ever since my college study abroad in Spain, I've been hoping…

Breaking Patterns

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  By Lynn Willis Deuteronomy 10: 19 You shall…

Stop Making People Happy!

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Forgive me if I offend you when I say this out loud, “the mission…

What is Hope?

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Leaders: are you tired? Weary? Stressed out? Join LEAD…

"Hope" in this neighborhood sounds like "Throw me something!

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These are three words you don't expect from the mouth of a four-year-old;…
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On the road again…but where are you going? You need The Annual…

An Aha Moment...

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by Peggy Hahn Connecting the dots between The Vanishing Neighbor…

LEAD Launches a Year of Hope!

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Christian leadership is a gift of the Holy Spirit—God uses…

A Message from the Executive Director

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LEAD is 3 years old and we have an important announcement.…

A Christmas Blessing

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https://vimeo.com/149839253 This year, Lord, come close and…

God’s Creative Agape

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By Lynn Willis I’m going to stick my neck out and say that…

Are you ready for Christmas?

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by Lynn Willis This week people started asking me “are you…

Stir Up

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by Lynn Willis The Prayer of the day for First Sunday in Advent…

The best gift every leader can give their congregation

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By Peggy Hahn In this season of increased giving, we encourage…

Forecasting

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by Peggy Hahn We are all forecasters. When we think about…

The top five ways leaders say they are growing

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Christians lead out of the waters of our baptism. More to the…

What Are You Afraid Of?

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By Brad Otto  Jesus says, "Fear not." In this 5½ minute…

5 Things I Do to Manage My Life

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I don’t have enough time to do everything that everyone…

Dwelling in the Word: Affirming Its Promise

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I have seen Dwelling in the Word change lives and churches. It…

Like You, We Love Our Church

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We want to be about more than survival. We aren’t going to…

The Powerful Art of Alignment

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Ministry alignment points to one truth: everyone in the system…

The Most Important Question I Can Ask a Leader

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In this blog post I am sharing a secret. It’s the one simple…

Cultural Empathy: The 10 Dimensions of Cultural Value

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By Lynn Willis Do you remember the parable of the Prodigal…

The Front Page: The New Front Door

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by Worship Times Front doors to churches tell you about…

The Minority Status DNA of the Church

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by Tim Anderson At the present time, do you think religion…

Inertia or Surprise or Somewhere in Between?

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by Peggy Hahn This is not a rhetorical question. Change…

Generosity can be Taught

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It’s time to turn up the heat on faith-based giving. Think…

Global Village

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by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director My call was forever…

Cleaning House – Company’s coming!

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by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director Things sure do…

When the World Around Us Changes

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by Kristen Krueger When a group of American religious leaders…

Nimble folks and agile teams

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By Jim Ladoux Moving from mediocrity to excellence requires…

Vision

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by Peggy Hahn My two mile walk through my neighborhood every…

Rethinking Stewardship

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$93 billion was given to churches in 2005. That same year, people…

Tastes of Heaven-a Tour of Spiritual Practices

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by Lynn Willis, Spiritual Director God is in the present.…

Rethinking Stewardship

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$93 billion was given to churches in 2005. That same year, people…

Internships Change Lives: Three Years of LEAD Interns

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by Kristen Contos Krueger, Ph.D. Internships change lives.…

Making Our Churches Safe for Everyone

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by Jessica Noonan In many professions where children are in…

Centered? HUH?

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For a Christian leader, being centered means finding faith practices…

Why Mentors Matter

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by Neil Christians As I travel to churches across the…

What kind of a world do I want to live in anyway?

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by Cindi Scruggs With the 45th anniversary of Earth Day…

Sparking Collaboration between the Neighborhood and Congregation

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People of faith from different congregation are coming together…

Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?

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In Matthew 20, the wife of Zebedee asks Jesus if her sons could…

4 Growth Indicators as Vital Leadership Behaviors

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What if I told you that out of all the things you are doing…

There’s too much lint in our Lent

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It must be a sign of our times – I put Lent into one of my…

Drowning in Email?

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Me too. We calculated that people on our LEAD Team spend…

How's your congregation doing in the changing landscape of leadership?

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Feeling out of breath? Then you are in good company. The very…

The Sacred Valley

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THE SACRED VALLEY This is our watch and leadership makes all…

You were born for this!

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No doubt about it, God has gifted you to carry out the ministry…

Christian Leaders, A Way of Life

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Announcing a NEW 10 Minute Toolbox Series! Make this year…

Let's figure it out together.

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In just a few weeks, we will be walking through the door…

How do leaders defeat despair and overwhelming stress?

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Every leader knows that lump-in-the-throat, knot-in-the-stomach…

Three Leadership Conversation Starters

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Take 10 minutes to ask yourself (and your leaders) these…

LEAD's Thanksgiving Blessing for You

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O God of the Feast, may our Thanksgiving tables be signs…

Spirituality 101: God in Every Step

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God is with us. We know that in our heads, but it is hard…

Leading to Learn

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At LEAD we say that GROWING Leaders are leading to learn. Leadership…

To Plan or Not to Plan? …It’s Not Really Much of a Question

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By Timothy Siburg If you are in leadership and ministry, you…

“That’s MY Jesus:” Creating Family Advent Traditions

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by Kristen Contos Krueger, Ph.D. At the Christmas Pageant…

Where Luther Got It Wrong: The Peasants' Revolt

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by Michael Rinehart I am deeply grateful for the sabbatical…

Why and How: Things to Remember for Funding Ministry

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by Timothy Siburg Ministry is not free. If you are a leader…

Leading Change: following the Holy Spirit into the future

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If we really think about it, there are three things that are…

Phone a Friend: Making better decisions

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Did you know that without realizing it, the information you gather…

Practice Discipleship

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“Kids ‘faith mirrors parents’ faith.  Kids in the congregation…

Great Leaders Are _______________

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Great leaders are always listening. Great leaders are always…

Immersions

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I wonder about stuff all the time. This morning I was thinking…

Essential Mind Shifts

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Before we change the world, we need to change the way we think.…

Jumping in to Social Media

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As an immigrant to Social Media, I have to admit my on-going…

A Wake-up Call

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As a life-long follower of Jesus, I have gone to lectures, classes,…

Growth Indicators for Faith Formation

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There are times when I feel I should apologize to my children…

From Where I sit

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by Timothy Siburg Have you ever tried to talk about a major…

Social Media is where life is happening - is your church showing up?

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In the same amount of time it takes you to drink a cup of coffee,…

Governance - More important than you think

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 I never thought I would say this, but I have to speak the truth: The…

A Visit with Children at the Border 

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Posted on July 18, 2014 by Michael Rinehart "It was either…

Best Practices in Faith Formation

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We travel through life, learning things along the way but unless…

Urgent Call to Prayer

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LEAD is encouraging all people of faith to respond…

Today is Our Now

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by Cindi Scruggs The 11th Disciple Project was held at Texas…

4 Thoughts for Leaders

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1. Leaders in congregations and congregations themselves…

Intern Encounters

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by Kristen Krueger LEAD is excited to welcome three new leaders…

Why do you believe?

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Great leaders inspire others to take action, not because of what…

Taking the Third Side

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Do you sometime feel like you have two different congregations…

Growth is a Choice

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I am leading a week-long track at The Disciple Project, one…

Intentional Listening

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The triple spiral labyrinth is exactly the right image to symbolize…

Purposeful Direction

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My GPS is my best friend.  My confidence is always higher when…

Unwritten Rules

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The resurrection of Jesus frees us for a life of Christian pilgrimage. …

Bible Based Movies?

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We have been swamped with newly-released Bible-based movies over…

Operation Respect: Running faithful, effective meetings

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What if every meeting was considered to be THE tool for "setting…

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber: Speaks the truth in love

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People are showing up all over the country to hear Pastor Nadia…

Introducing SELAH: A Gap Year Experience

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This fall LEAD and Lutherhill Ministries will partner to…

Part 2: Are you Learning to Lead or Leading to Learn?

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Ronald Heifetz, in his book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership,…

Part 1: Are you Learning to Lead or Leading to Learn?

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How you answer this question can help you clarify whether you…

Is THAT church too?

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Have you ever considered that the everyday things you do in your…

Soon we will set out

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by Amy Gulliksen "Soon we will set out. Not to escape our…

Can we talk?

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... about being marked with the cross of Christ?  Don't…

Faith Growth-Spurt

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"Although we don't have a good explanation for it, children…

Do you want more from a New Year than walking in circles?

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Really, do we want one more passionate resolution that fades…

How do leaders defeat despair and overwhelming stress?

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Every leader knows that lump-in-the-throat, knot-in-the-stomach…

Thanksgiving Gratitude: Thanks be to God for my Blood-Family

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Our family is messy, and to say the least, very interesting. …

Influence!

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A one day formation event for leaders of all ages who will…

Being the CHURCH with children who are caught in the middle of divorce

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I'll never forget pushing the "message" button on the phone…

Advent Resources: Trading Up on Traditions

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Is Advent a big deal, a not-so-big deal or dead in the water?…

A Vision from the Wine Country Worth Thinking About

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My husband and I took our youngest son, Matt (a grad student…

Live Messengers- can you help?

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Getting the word out has always been a big deal.  Did you…

The 4 Most Important Leadership Tips I Learned Hiking the Inca Trail

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You are not in as good of shape as you think you are! Guides…

Being a Healthy Leader

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"As people of faith, we're called to steward all our gifts, including…

Cultural Immersions - A Priority for Christian Leaders

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The diversity in our world, and the opportunity for mission,…

Validation: Fully-human

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If you visit our home and stay long enough, you may notice a…

Moore, Oklahoma and the Llama syndrome

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9/11/2017 Update following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: While…

How to Make Better Choices in Life and in your Ministry

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Based on all the listening I have done with leaders in our church,…

Changing Lives through Internships -- Is your Congregation ready?

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Internships have the power to change lives. As a college student…

LOVE LIKE JESUS "By this they will know"

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Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his…

Need to kick-up some motivation?

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The number one question I am asked is "How do I get people to…

Who are you mentoring?

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I am a Christian leader with deep gratitude for people who have…

Shaping the path for your congregational council

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If we want to head down a different road with our leaders,…

Christian leadership looks like discipleship

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After lots of listening and discernment, the Design Team has…

Sears or Amazon?

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Only 25 years ago, mail-order meant flipping through the Sears…

Where would you start?

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Christian leaders that grow congregations to serve the world Calling…