Shifting from Goal-Setting to Systems Work

By Nicholas Tangen October 28, 2021

When I first started working as a community engagement coordinator in a congregation, I brought..

Building Community with One-to-Ones

By Nicholas Tangen September 21, 2021

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic was a powerful reminder of the basic human need for..

Congregations as Communities of Practice

By Nicholas Tangen August 19, 2021

When I first began my work as a community engagement coordinator at a congregation in the Twin..

Let's Talk about Race: How Do We Frame Our Church Chats?

By Michelle Townsend de Lopez June 16, 2021

Siblings in Christ, it’s time for some Sacred Conversations together. Our context and the effects..

Taking the First Steps toward Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation

I am the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Becker, Minnesota. Becker is a small community of..

Talking to Adults about Racism and Racial Justice

By Jessica Davis June 2, 2021

Last month, I wrote about ways in which leaders in the church, especially white leaders, can..

Have a Deeper Conversation about Race with Dialogues On: Race

By Sparkhouse February 5, 2020

It’s Black History Month. Plenty of events in the last decade or two have pushed us toward a..

How to study the Bible

By Rebecca Ninke May 16, 2019

A lot of people pick up the Bible with the intention of reading through it. Start to finish...

Better together: Creating interdenominational relationships

By Rebecca Ninke May 9, 2019

When I was on internship, I had a sermon to push out during the Week of Christian Unity.  I..

Mom guilt vs. pastor guilt

By Rebecca Ninke May 2, 2019

The phone rang in the middle of the night.  It was the local hospital, and someone was dying.

The..

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