The Gulf Coast Synod Seminary Debt Reduction Appeal

By Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission Through this year’s Synod Annual Appeal, the Gulf Coast Synod will assist pastors and deacons to reduce their student loan debt accrued from their seminary education. Your gift can make a huge impact in the life of our...

Why Do We Have Schools?

By Bishop Michael Rinehart The Gulf Coast Synod has 20 schools and early childhood centers. Across the ELCA there are something like 1,300 schools and early childhood centers, with 145,000 children and 17,500 staff. Why do we have church schools? Recently, the ELEA...

Relationships and the Power of Storytelling

By Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission When I was a congregational pastor, I remember hearing fellow colleagues and lay leaders talking about the Churchwide Organization of the ELCA with disdain and suspicion. It seemed many would talk about “Churchwide” (or...

Breaking Bread and Changing Lives: Introducing Kindred Kitchen

By Tracey Breashears Schultz, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership Jesus fed over 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. Afterwards, there was an abundance of leftovers (John 6:1-14). On the night of his betrayal, Jesus could be found at a table, sharing The Last...

Members Travel to Hungary to Give Aid to Fleeing Ukrainians

Two members of Atascocita Lutheran Church (ALC), Dr. Steve Beyer and his son, Nathan, traveled over spring break to the border of Hungary and Ukraine to give aid to families crossing the border into Hungary. Nathan Beyer is from Ukraine and was adopted by Dr. Steve...