Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods Rev. John A Frahm III The modern history of the LCMS is rife with a sundry of evangelism programs, many of which look to be “Lutheranized” versions (or so it is said) … Continue reading

Don’t Fret the Numbers

We live in a world obsessed with numbers. We count everything. The year just rolled over from 2016 to 2017, as we count years after the birth of Christ. This New Year, we may decide to sit down and look … Continue reading

10 Signs a Church May Be Trying Too Hard to Be Hipster

Nobody wants to be on the losing team.  In an effort to attract a larger clientele, many businesses attempt to project that their services or products are a lot more popular than they necessarily are, in order to leverage peer … Continue reading

Church Growth God’s Way — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Church attendance has been dropping throughout America for a long time.  All church bodies – mainstream Protestants, Evangelicals, and Roman Catholics – are affected.  People are quitting church, or they never join.  The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has lost … Continue reading

Mission: Inreach, Outreach, and the Small Catechism

President Matthew Harrison of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod speaks about 40 years of declining membership in the synod. In his President’s Report, 2016 Convention Workbook, pp. 2-3, he presents information from several demographic studies. As he says, the … Continue reading

On Fire for Christ!

Sometimes the Lutheran Church is accused of not being very missional. We’re solid when it comes to doctrine—justification by grace through faith alone—but when it comes to mission, well, we’re about as clueless as a synod in convention. Or so … Continue reading

Introducing… The Church Growth Translation of the Bible!

Do you want to grow your congregation? It’s simple! Just follow these two easy steps. 1) Read the Bible. 2) Do the exact opposite. See! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. But don’t worry, if you’re so apathetic to the Bible that you won’t … Continue reading

My, What Big Cities You Have, FiveTwo

FiveTwo, the shadow Synod hiving out of the LCMS, likes to say that church planters must “start new to reach new”. The inference is that FiveTwo will succeed where the LCMS is failing because it knows how to “unlock communities” … Continue reading

Laodicea on the Mississippi – A Primer for those Late to the FiveTwo Controversy

This past September a church in a tony suburb of Houston hosted a small conference that ignited a prairie fire in the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. Two months later the fallout continues from the “#Wiki14” event arranged by ecumenical … Continue reading

Quietly coming to a town near you…

This post is strictly for my confessional Lutheran brothers and sisters. I’ve spent some time researching and writing about a network called FiveTwo. If you are a confessional Lutheran within the LCMS, I encourage you to make your acquaintance with … Continue reading

Is Manipulation Ever Loving?

When thinking back about evangelistic efforts from my past, I must admit that manipulation was a welcomed friend. It wasn’t broadcast as such, but instead rationalized under the guise that “the ends always justify the means” when salvation is on … Continue reading

The Challenges of Church Growth and Decline

When my wife Karla and I were first married, over twenty years ago, I invited her to join me for the banquet at our annual LCMS district pastor’s conference. The food was great, but the banquet speaker was not. His … Continue reading

Looking in all the wrong places: Why do Christians leave Church?

Blogger Shane Raynor at Ministry Matters™ recently posted an article titled Millennial Myths and the Real Reasons People Leave the Church. Raynor attempts to summarize the problem of overgeneralizing about the Millennial generation in an effort to reach out to … Continue reading

If You Dismiss The Sacraments, You Lose Lutheranism!

Early on in my ministry I downplayed the sacraments of baptism and communion. I believed the church growth ideologies that said the sacraments were stumbling blocks to the growth of the church and that if I wanted to be a … Continue reading

Mercedes-Benzes, Premium Wine, And The Tools Of The Pastoral Ministry

Many people are unaware that before ministry I was a finance and economics major in college. In fact, during my senior year of college at Minot State University I was hired by American International Group (i.e., AIG). This new job … Continue reading

Wawa Theology

A dear colleague, friend and mentor, Rev. Arthur J. Henne is a ’57 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).  He is a retired ELCA pastor.  In the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor denom to the … Continue reading

Why didn’t this business model come with Church Growth?

On my recent trip out east for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference my family and I had the fine opportunity to eat at one of our favorite “eastern” restaurants, Steak n Shake.  At the second location my … Continue reading