Worship Nights and Fellowship

Do you find yourself in stretches during the summer or other times in the church calendar where it feels like the community calendar is in a bit of a "slump?" Over summers and other holiday seasons, it can be difficult to keep families around and find things to do in your church and community. Roger Howard, as Minister of Worship and Music at Christ Lutheran Church in La Mesa, CA, would recommend trying to put in a few worship nights in during those times where things get slow. Howard and Christ Lutheran in La Mesa have put their worship nights, or Thursday Night Commons as they're dubbed, into the schedule and found them to be a good way to "keep families around and minister to them in what can be a down time" of the year... (continued)

Drama Ministry in Services

Just about every church that follows a standard liturgical format includes a teaching and message on Scripture. For congregation members that are auditory learners, these sermons can be incredibly helpful as the Holy Spirit guides the words of a Pastor. There are multiple types of learners, though, and so it would be helpful to explore multiple ways to convey the teachings of Scripture to members of a congregation. Lee Kofahl serves as the Creative Arts Director at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia, CA, and has found the inclusion of drama sketches into services to be a helpful extension of a pastor's message in her community... (continued)

Breaking the Routine

Have you been looking for ways to bring your community together in ways that promote interactive worship and a chance to be refreshed? Valley Lutheran High School in Phoenix, AZ has been putting a Night of Worship into their routine and found it to be a helpful time for students, teachers, church members of the on-site Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and other members of the community to set aside time for reflection, prayer, and praise... (continued)