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Rev. Dr. Troy Pflibsen, New Director for Evangelical Mission in Southwestern Minnesota.

Good news to share! +Bishop Dee Pederson The Rev. Dr. Troy Pflibsen has accepted the call from the ELCA to serve as the new Director for Evangelical Mission in Southwestern Minnesota. We are grateful for the many persons who considered and applied for this call, to the ELCA/Synod Interview Team for their prayerful discernment, and …

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Gifts of Grace Sunday!

Gifts of Grace is about building a culture of healthy, sustained ministry leadership in southwestern Minnesota congregations. As a partnership with the Lilly Foundation Inc. the long-term goal of Gifts of Grace is that all of us continue to live out our callings well into the future. Across the synod, we are inviting congregations to …

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Synod Endowment Supports Mission Grants in SW MN Synod

The Endowment Fund of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod has awarded a third year of Congregational Mission Grants. The Endowment Committee reviewed 18 applications and funded all of them, at least partially, for a total of $22,100. Over the three years that the Congregational Mission Grants have been offered, $58,000 has been made available to support …

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Staffing Update

+Bishop Jon V. Anderson We are moving deeper into our staff transition work. Bishop-elect Pederson has opened conversations with our staff about the “why” of our work together as synod staff. That conversation leads to the “how” we imagine the staff working to serve the mission and priorities of the synod in the future. Finally, …

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Bishop Nominees: Video Interviews

On Tuesday, June 8th, when we were preparing the video recordings of our nominees (made on Monday) we found that there were technical issues with two videos. Discussions were held to explore various options. This issue was discussed with the nominees who supported our idea to redo these two videos. We offered the opportunity for …

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Steering Through the Fog

+Bishop Jon V. Anderson I dread the thick fog of Spring on winding roads.  It is not as bad as white outs in a blizzard but driving across the synod you run into fog sometimes this time of year that becomes really challenging.   As we continue to steer through our experience of the COVID-19 people have been touching base wondering about …

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SW MN Synod Mission Assessment

Part of our ongoing work is to invite people to better understand our synod, its mission field and the role of a synod bishop. Back in February, ELCA Research created a survey “Bishop Election Feedback“ for distribution among our congregations as we prepare for a bishop election and plan for the future. John Hessian, Research …

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Mission Grant Applications Now Open

Endowment Fund Congregational Mission Grants for 2021-2022 The Southwestern Minnesota Synod Endowment Fund will once again make grants to support the mission of Congregations in their local communities in 2021-2022. The Committee is looking for projects proposals in the following areas: Community Outreach Youth Activities Special Mission Projects In addition, the Committee invites proposals in response to mission challenges as we move to a post COVID-19 mission …

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