I really appreciated colleague, Rob Blezard, who shared this article on “Gratitude” As he says below, “Gratitude holds the key to thankfulness, happiness and contentment.” As you finish 2017 and look ahead to 2018 I hope you know how I appreciate Rob, but also you, as someone who lives “gratitude.” Rev. Larry Strenge, Director for […]
The synod invites you to think about, pray about, and consider contributing financially the the Embrace God’s Mission + Equip God’s People Funding Initiative in a way that fits your capacity and passion. MAX = Give directly to the SW MN Synod’s Funding Initiative for minimal processing fees. GIVE NOW! Two of our synod deans gave […]
In 2015’s statistical report, congregations in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod were invited to complete a survey about congregational vitality. The surveys were sometimes given to congregations, councils, committees or sometimes staff alone completed them. Recently the results of these surveys became available. Here are the results. Thanks to everyone who joined in the process. […]
I just found this Congregational Vitality Report from 2015. It is interesting to ponder how we make these numbers even stronger.
BIG thank you for all the people who helped make our 2017 Equipping Congregations Day so successful. We are so grateful for the planning team which included: Pastors Janine Olson, Maggie Cummings, Elan Hacker and Linda Pedersen, Minister Michelle Kleene, Jenni Thorpe, Jayme Winter, Caitlin Kodet and John Jahr. The host churches of Bethel and […]
Greetings! This is a workshop and PowerPoint presentation on Conflict Transformation and creating dialog, offered to all interested for use in their own context. It might be used at retreats as a way to get to know your council members and staff, or it may be offered in your community as a way to enrich […]
Blog post by Bishop Jon Anderson- Click here to download my presentation to the large group. My notes for my conversation about young adults: Young Adult Round table: We’re Glad You’re Here! Bishop Jon Anderson and Young Adults from Your Synod– Equipping Day – February 24, 2017 Young Adult Roundtable: We’re Glad You’re Here! […]
ELCA StewardCast2017! Livestream Presentation, March 4th @10:30-12:00 CST. Where are the “bright spots” for stewardship ministry in your congregation? Recognizing the bright spots reminds us where god’s abundance is present. Join us for a livestream presentation to thank, inform, teach, inspire and connect with stewardship leaders. You will learn fresh perspectives, practices and skills that […]
Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, premiered January 25, 2017, on PBS, is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to view video.