On August 21-23rd Pastors Dwaine Bruns (Resurrection/St Joseph) and Todd Nelsen (Fields of Grace/Lafayette) taught “Stewardship 101a” to congregational stewardship leaders. Their teaching discussed key stewardship practices that are important in congregational life and ministry. At least 48 congregations from three synods, SW MN, NE MN, and SE MN, participated at the host sites (Glenwood/Glenwood, Vinje/Willmar, […]
Guiding Principles for Congregational Mission Planning A As we talk more and more about “intentional” congregational renewal, that renewal that recognizes the Holy Spirit is always working and uses us in that renewal process through “tools” in a toolbox of renewal (e.g. Dwelling in the Word, SOAR, etc) it is important to have some “Guiding Principles.” This document, […]
Narrative Lectionary Presentation Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary “If the story will be told, it will have to be told by the church. All of the other cultural tellers are gone or will be gone soon. We must tell the story.” Narrative Lectionary Intro – PowerPoint File Narrative Lectionary Intro – PDF […]
Long Range Planning Report – Final Here is the first of several presentations for download.
Here are the two parts of the Bishop’s Report. Click on the photos to get to the download link. In PowerPoint Presentation 1 Values and Mission Presentation 2 Three Listenings Presentation 1 Values and Mission Presentation 2 Three Listenings and PDF from our 2012 Assembly. You have to click on the photos to get to […]
Many of you know that I encourage people to learn from the work done by Martha Grace Reese (MGR) in her “mainline evangelism” work with the Lilly Foundation, work she wrote about in a series of books that all begin with “Unbinding.” The foundational book, “Unbinding the Gospel,” is the starting point for a process of renewal in congregations that finds […]
Our ELCA’s Congregational and Synodical Mission unit (CSM) is working on a number of “tools” for congregations to use as they do “mission planning” in different settings. In short, mission planning may look very different in a congregation who has average worship attendance (AWA) of 25-75 people and a congregation who has 250+ AWA! Yet, there are some “Guiding Principles” one may find […]
Through prayer, time in Scripture, and ongoing relationship with new people in our SW Mn Synod I have found the Holy Spirit leading me in the area of “planned giving.” It has led to a new focus here in our synod where we hope God’s Spirit will help us grow “Gifting Shepherds” in congregations, persons who […]
http://congregationalresources.org/resources/long-range-planning?utm_source=Congregational+Resource+Guide+-+CRG+News&utm_campaign=1b6e74e25f-CRG_News_3_18_Women_05_01_2012&utm_medium=email Alban’s Congregational Resource Guide lifted up Long Range Planning tools As we invite congregations to engage in Long Range Planning in contextually appropriate ways, this has some helpful tools.
What’s Happening Around Our Church? First Lutheran Church – San Diego CA Many congregations use palm branches in their Palm Sunday liturgies. In addition to palm branches, First Lutheran Church uses clothes in keeping with the gospel account, “Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut […]