Why Synod Assembly?

Why Synod Assembly?

by Tracey Breashears Schultz, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership If you’ve been invited to attend the Gulf Coast Synod Assembly as a guest, or if your congregation is in need of voting members for Assembly, here are more than a few reasons why you might consider registering and participating! It is really easy to become focused on one’s own congregation or one’s ministry in a particular church. It’s good to be grounded in a call and in a place that feels like home, but just like the ELCA Youth...

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Book Review of Anatomy of a Revived Church: Seven Findings about How Congregations Avoided Death by Thom Rainer

Book Review of Anatomy of a Revived Church: Seven Findings about How Congregations Avoided Death by Thom Rainer

By Bishop Michael Rinehart Thom S. Rainer is Co-Founder and CEO of Church Answers. He has MDiv and PhD degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His theology rolls accordingly, something to keep in mind as you read. He is also the author of The Post-Quarantine Church: Six Challenges and Opportunities that will Determine the Future of Your Congregation and Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples. This book is a follow up to the author’s earlier, more...

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Book Review of When Church Stops Working: A Future for Your Congregation beyond More Money, Programs, and Innovation, by Dr. Andrew Root

Book Review of When Church Stops Working: A Future for Your Congregation beyond More Money, Programs, and Innovation, by Dr. Andrew Root

By Bishop Michael Rinehart Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is also author of: The Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time against the Speed of Modern Life The Church in an Age of Secular Mysticisms Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church's Obsession with Youthfulness The Pastor in a Secular Age He writes thoughtful books about secularism and the church....

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Being a Connected Church (and Squash)

Being a Connected Church (and Squash)

By Bishop Michael Rinehart Today I got home from church a bit tuckered out. I had gotten up at 5:30am, leaving the house around 6:00 to make it by 7:30 for the 8:00am service at St. Paul in Shelby. Later, I preached and presided at Bethlehem Round Top. I pulled into my driveway around mid- to late-afternoon and had a little time before a 6:30pm Zoom meeting. I wanted to crash but needed to install a new faucet I had purchased for the bathroom, so I set to work. I was on my back with my head...

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Lisa’s Pieces: Creation Care Tips from the Synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for May 2024

Lisa’s Pieces: Creation Care Tips from the Synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for May 2024

By Lisa Brenskelle For more information on any of the below, or for creation care assistance/information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com or see our new website! The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us. The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public...

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Stewardship

Stewardship

by Mark Warpmaeker In 2010, after 13 years as a pastor, I believed I had a solid grasp of stewardship after leading congregational appeals and stewarding donors before and after their gifts. I was confident in my abilities and thought I had enough experience to be a full-time fundraiser. However, when I took on the role of Executive Director at a nonprofit, I was humbled to realize that I still had much to learn. After 14 years of leading and raising funds for four different ministries, I know...

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Introducing our Ecumenical Representatives, Pastor Chris Markert and Sandra Barnes

Introducing our Ecumenical Representatives, Pastor Chris Markert and Sandra Barnes

by Bishop Michael Rinehart I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. — Jesus, John 17 Ecumenical is not a common word. It means tending to the unity of the church, particularly cooperation between the various denominations. A more common word might be interdenominational. We also tend to...

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Lisa’s Pieces: Creation Care Tips from the Synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for May 2024

Lisa’s Pieces: Creation Care Tips from the Synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for April 2024

By Lisa Brenskelle For more information on any of the below, or for creation care assistance/information, contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com or see our new website! The team is seeking additional members. If you would be willing to serve, please contact us. The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public...

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Impact Stories, Vision and Relationships in Fundraising

Impact Stories, Vision and Relationships in Fundraising

by Campus Pastor Jerry Wirtley, Treehouse Ministries: Brazos Valley Campus Ministry A few years ago, the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) changed their name to Association for Christian Fundraising (ACF). This opened the doors to those who are not Lutheran to be a part of the association to broaden their perspectives and allow for greater learning in fundraising and related fields. As a campus pastor, one of the many hats I wear is fundraising. Recently, I was able to...

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Listen! God Is Calling: Lisa Rives

Listen! God Is Calling: Lisa Rives

by Tracey Breashears Schultz, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership The theme for the 2024 Synod Assembly is Listen! God Is Calling. We will focus on the theme of vocation and talk about the distinct gifts each of us has to offer the church and the world. Often, when we think about callings, we tend to call to mind those who are called to ordained ministry, but I have been privileged to meet and work with incredible lay people in our synod who faithfully answer their callings every day. I will use...

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