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August 2014:

Discipleship. How disciples are made is one of the most important questions pastors and congregational leaders might return to again and again. There is much to be said for imitation and holy repetition in the Christian life. Congregations dare not abandon an evangelistic form that was favored by Paul.


Contact Daniel Lehmann by May 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

September 2014:

Sunday school. There has been a 60 percent drop in Sunday school attendance in the last two decades. What’s happening with Sunday school? Is something else taking the place of church-based faith formation?


Contact Elizabeth Hunter by June 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

October 2014:

AGING. A silent revolution is sweeping through churches in this country. More and more older rather than younger adults occupy church pews, yet many congregations aren’t focusing on how to serve them and how those older adults can serve. There will be an estimated 72 million adults age 65 and older by 2030, more than twice the number than in 2000 and nearly 1 in 5 Americans. So why have some churches failed to focus on older adults?


Contact Julie B. Sevig by July 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

November 2014:

Clergy. Leaders say that 40 percent of active ELCA clergy are expected to retire within the next 10 years. This promises to make a major change in the denomination, both in the experience level of our clergy to opportunities for revised mission by congregations.


Contact Daniel J. Lehmann by August 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

December 2014:

Advent. Seasonal piece that addresses how American Christians are trying to maintain a hold on the pre-Christmas season, holding it up as a season worth keeping holy, while not falling prey to the Christmas wars being shouted by some in society.


Contact Julie B. Sevig by September 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

January 2015:

LUTHER. What were Martin Luther’s strong and not-so-strong points? An honest appraisal of the leader of the Protestant Reformation as we approach the 500th anniversary.


Contact Daniel J. Lehmann by October 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

February 2015:

Conversion. Changed by love. Conversion stories of people accepting Christianity and Lutheranism in particular.


Contact Julie B. Sevig by November 1, 2014 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

March 2015:

Malaria. Taking the pulse of the ELCA’s five-year campaign to eradicate the age-old disease.


Contact Elizabeth Hunter by December 1, 2015 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

April 2015:

Attendance. What has been the effect of declining worship attendance on congregational life and mission? What can and can’t they do due to a smaller audience, and how does that impact their identity in their mission and community?


Contact Julie B. Sevig by January 1, 2015 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

May 2015:

Money. Responsible consumerism as individuals, family and church. Reader call: How does your faith help form the ways in which you spend and invest?


Contact Elizabeth Hunter by February 1, 2015 with your questions or suggestions about this cover story.

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AUGUST issue:

Advice for evangelism

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