Greetings to the leaders of The North American Lutheran Church,
The NALC has a commission for mission. The About Us section of our website sums this up well:
“A renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith, the NALC is focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples in North America and around the globe.”
With this as our core, we want to equip the Body of Christ for this work. Our NALC dean structure has been effective in the past, but we have grown, and find that we need to adapt our continental structure to continue to meet our needs of discipleship for all as we pursue the mission and ministry of our Lord.
The NALC Restructuring Task Force has picked up the work begun several years ago, addressed our current situation, and created a plan to meet our growing Body of Christ at work in the world.
The Restructuring Task Force members are:
Pastor Daniel M. Powell, Convener of the Task Force and former Dean;
Pastor Mark Daniels, Convener of the Deans;
Pastor Pam Thorson, Dean;
Scott Kramer, NALC Executive Council;
Pastor Mark Chavez, former NALC General Secretary
May the name of Jesus Christ be praised!
Is it possible to change the culture of giving in your congregation? Yes!
Though first, one has to understand one’s own relationship to money and giving. RESET is a highly interactive study that helps congregations reset and sharpen their vision of giving. It will test participants’ assumptions and misconceptions. Through exploring your family of origin and how it shapes your current attitudes about giving, you will learn how to craft your own story about your relationship with money and giving.
This seminar also resets our biblical understandings about Jesus, money and possessions, and assists congregations in resetting their priorities and faith practices. To shift giving and generosity from being only a transactional activity, to one that is truly transformational. Transformational giving is not focused on the amount or size of the gift, but on the joy and life-changing effect it has on the giver.
What has been your experience of giving in congregations — joyful and generous or conflictual and challenging? Is there a spoken or unspoken concern that there is never enough? You will be asked to explore those concerns and write a spiritual biography about giving in your life and a vision for giving in your congregation. A vision based upon how Jesus has richly blessed your life.
Participants will also learn how to build a legacy of giving — the importance of creating a testament to your faith with one’s money and possessions, that reaches far beyond your lifetime.
Join us in the conversation, as together we work to build a culture of generosity in our families and our faith communities!
Materials will be provided.
There is no youth ministry symposium at Lutheran Week this year — at least not as it has appeared in the past.
This year Lutheran Week will be introducing workshops into the schedule, a format that will turn the former youth ministry symposium into a Tuesday morning or a Wednesday evening opportunity. Both workshops will feature identical content with the theme title “Now What” — join us as we discern how best to do youth ministry coming out of a pandemic.
Individual sessions for those who want to talk specifically about their ministry to young people in their congregations will be available.
For more information on the youth ministry workshops, contact Gary & Laurie Pecuch at [email protected]