New Ways to Be the Church – #2

Everyone is wondering what to do post-pandemic: How to be church in authentic and "effective" ways. How to do youth ministry that attracts teenagers, supports families, and maybe even develops faith. How to continue caring for those who have…

Re-Gathering: A 2-Step Process (or more)

Thanks to Laura Stephens-Reed, Clergy & Congregational Coach, for sharing these brilliant approaches to getting back together, getting to know one another better than ever, and getting our congregations into a post-Covid state of mind that…

Don’t Settle for Reopening: Relaunch!

Thanks to the UM News for sharing their article, Churches Urged to Relaunch, not Just Reopen, which is the backbone of this Great Idea! The article's "Key Points [include:] Churches were forced into changes by the pandemic. Receptivity…

Hunger, Pollinators, & Community Gardens

Thanks to the St Paul Area Synod (ELCA) for sharing this Great Idea for any Minnesota congregation! Vernita Kennen of Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview, MN reflects on National Pollinator Protection Week (which was June 21-27 in 2021)…

Memorial Arboretum

Thanks for Liberation Theology Lutheran blogger, Kristin Berkey-Abbott for this fantastic and powerful Great Idea! Berkey-Abbot basically suggests that we create local memorial arboretums as a way to remember and commemorate those who have…

Helping Families “Be” – Rather than Do More

Thanks to our friends at dwelling for sharing this "Fresh Idea for Helping Families Explore Faith Practices this Summer", from Faith Formation Ministries leader Karen Deboer. Karen offers six simple practices parents can share with children…

New Ways to Be the Church – #1

There are going to be numerous iterations that will fit under this title, so we'll just start out by numbering them. This first installment comes from the online version of Living Lutheran Magazine and features a congregation in Arizona.…

Where Do We Go from Here?

Thanks to Clergy and Congregational Coach Laura Stephens-Reed for sharing this excellent outline/practice for congregations and clergy searching for creative ways to emerge from the Covid-19 tomb/womb. In her May 25, 2021, Where Do We Go…

Holy Trinity Ideas

Thanks to Rev. Elsa Anders Cook for sharing another round of her excellent Pandemic Prayers - for Holy Trinity Sunday. Rev. Cook packs a pile of Great Ideas for worship and congregational life in this week's post, including a non-sermon in…

Chalk Art Hope

Thanks to Rev. Roslyn Harmon (of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie and Circle of Healing Ministry) for sharing a moment of grace in Healing Our City's Virtual Prayer Tent, which sparked this Great Idea. Rev. Roz leads a healing ministry in North Minneapolis…