We’re reaching a crisis: We’re simply not attracting to our seminaries nearly enough students who may want to be pastors.
I dislike fundraising campaigns. So when I was asked to serve on a Synod fundraising team I was immediately uncomfortable.
I’ve been amazed to discover that there are 15 federally recognized Native American reservations within our Synod...
I am hopeful, because there are good models of growing churches we can learn from and - with the right kind of support - turn this tide around.
In my day, way back when, between the subsidy of the national church body, my parents help and working part-time, I graduated with no debt. Today, the cost of education is way up due to inflation.
Admittedly, change can be scary. We much prefer staying in our comfort zones. Don’t you think one reason many of us love the Lutheran church is because we value ritual and tradition?