CRUX Episode 22 - Strategic Planning

What is strategic planning and how do Lutherans approach it? In episode 22 of The Crux of the Matter, Scott and Todd tackle the question. And talk about Martians.

Strategic planning is one of the great buzzword phrases of the day. Everyone has a plan, and churches are no exception. So how do we as Lutheran pastors approach strategic planning without losing our minds and our souls in the process? Scott and Todd start the conversation, and also talk about Martians, unhappiness, democracy in America, and more in episode 22 of The Crux of the Matter.


  • The Democratization of American Christianity, by Nathan Hatch.
  • “God hates visionary dreaming; it makes the dreamer proud and pretentious. The man who fashions a visionary ideal of community demands that it be realized by God, by others, and by himself. He enters the community of Christians with his demands, sets up his own law, and judges the brethren and God Himself accordingly. He stands adamant, a living reproach to all others in the circle of brethren. He acts as if he is the creator of the Christian community, as if his dream binds men together. When things do not go his way, he calls the effort a failure. When his ideal picture is destroyed, he sees the community going to smash. So he becomes, first an accuser of his brethren, then an accuser of God, and finally the despairing accuser of himself.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together





Todd and Scott co-host THE CRUX OF THE MATTER. You may find Todd Peperkorn @toddpeperkorn on Twitter or on Facebook. He also blogs, posts sermons, and random nonsense at Lutheran Logomaniac and Dark My Road. Todd’s parish is Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California. You can find his sermons & bible classes on YouTube HERE.

You may find Scott Stiegemeyer @scottstieg on Twitter or on Facebook. Scott is an assistant professor of theology at Concordia University Irvine.

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