Week #23. Meet Linda McElroy Thomas. She is the solo pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Trinity has an average worship attendance of 100-120 people on a given Sunday. Trinity has been called to work with the migrant worker population in their area. Literally. They received a phone call from the Department … Continue reading Be Compassionate.
Week #22. Meet Pam Illick. She is the solo pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rouzerville, Pennsylvania. With an average worship attendance of 38 people on a given Sunday, Trinity is a church in redevelopment. Trinity is nestled in a small village of 900 near Gettysburg, PA. Nestled is a good word to describe … Continue reading Becoming Visible
Week #21. Meet Terri Landers. She is the solo pastor of Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church in Richmond Hill, Georgia. With an average worship attendance of 70, Spirit of Peace is a mission start congregation. Churches sometimes make the wrong assumptions with visitors. Even when things seem clearly marked or highly visible, it can be … Continue reading Hospitality Rhythms
It's the three most dreaded words in my household: Back to School. My Facebook page has been bombarded since the first of August with first day photos of my friend's kids (Super cute!). From now through Labor Day, schools across the country will open their doors. Churches love this time of year when families are … Continue reading Packing Blessings into the Backpacks.
10 days. 3 Storytelling Workshops: Church Retreat, Narrative Lectionary Work Days at Luther Seminary and Cross+Gen Ministry Tour with Faith Ink. And 1 Rethinking Church Conference. I met people from Maryland, South Carolina, Vermont, and California. I presented in front of 100 people over three different events, and met at least another 50 more. I talked … Continue reading The Church is Not Dying
Week #20. Meet Vanessa Bradby. She is the Children, Youth and Family Director at Olivet Congregation Church UCC in St. Paul, MN. The fun thing about this post is that I was invited to join in their R&R retreat as a guest storyteller. What is a R&R retreat? It's a combination of a staycation that meets … Continue reading Staycation Storytelling
Week #19. Meet Lisa Kipp. She is an associate pastor at Zumbro Lutheran Church with specific responsibilities in missions and community outreach. Zumbro is in Rochester, Minnesota with an average worshiping attendance of 650 people a week. Five years ago, Kipp and the missions team wanted to address ways to eliminate hunger in their neighborhoods. … Continue reading What Collaborative Ministry Can Do
Week #18. Meet Brian Hughes. He is the solo pastor at St John Lutheran Church in Columbia, Maryland. With an average worshiping attendance of 300 people on a given Sunday, St. John empowers their congregants to reach out. Hughes’ community asks two questions: “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to … Continue reading New Patterns for Ministry
Each summer, I like to challenge myself. I've done a variety of things from fundraisers to triathlons. But this year, I did something different. While it seems like evil is in my face 24/ 7, I am on the hunt to find kindness in complete strangers. My tool to engage strangers was a simple homemade … Continue reading The #BeKindHearted Sermon
Week #17. Meet Linda Bailey. She is the Family Missionary at KidStreet PlayCenter, a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church located in Lisle, Illinois. Trinity is a multi-site church that has an average worship attendance of 1000 people on a given Sunday. They describe themselves as “one church with many locations.” Trinity’s second site is referred to … Continue reading Kid’s Indoor Playground Meets Church