Rev. Craig Pederson

Can I really make a difference?

By Pastor Craig Pederson November 6 is Election Tuesday, bringing to fruition months (and in some cases, years) of hard work by candidates and their campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. I acknowledge and appreciate this incredibly hard work that often goes unrecognized. As a democracy, we are strengthened when good people pursue [...]

The “Best of 2016” at __________ Lutheran Church

By Rev. Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop During this time of year, we see an endless stream of “Best of” and “Top Ten” lists that review practically every aspect of our lives – the best doctor, dentist, burger, beer, car, microwave, movie, musical, etc.  Some of these lists are data-driven, some are the opinions [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:53-06:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Get Your Toolbox Ready

By Rev. Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop By this time of the fall, church councils and committees are in full swing – implementing the ministry plans laid months ago, and looking forward to the New Year and the opportunities that lie ahead.  No matter the size of the church, I continuously marvel at the [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:54-06:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Resurrection People – and Churches

By Rev. Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop In a blog post earlier this summer, I talked about the joys of working with congregations to identify their sources of vitality.  But, for some congregations, vitality is more of a fading memory than a present reality. The members of these congregations still faithfully attend worship and [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:54-06:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

E-Newsletters I Love

Email newsletters can be such a blessing – and such a curse! They are a great way to keep up with a church, an online resource, or a writer of interest without doing a deep-dive into new material... but WOW, can they fill up your inbox in a hurry! At the risk of inducing “inbox [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:54-06:00June 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Is Your Future Vital?

By Rev. Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop When your job title is “Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Vitality,” you need to learn to have some fun with it. When I meet with church groups, I like to say that I have a special dispensation from the Bishop to proclaim “Vitality!” in a congregation [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:54-06:00June 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |