#rally2endRacism

    Last week on Wednesday, April 4, people of faith from around the country gathered at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Organized by the National Council of the Churches of Christ, the rally,  called “A.C.T. (Awaken, Confront, Transform) to End […]

Day of Renewal18

Last Thursday, as they have for many years, Rostered Ministers of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gathered at Nazareth Lutheran for a time of learning, worship, fellowship and renewal.  Bishop Ullestad remembers that when he first proposed this idea, there was some resistance to asking church leaders to take time out during Lent.  Even now occasionally […]

Lent resources

You may be thinking “It’s a little late now for this,” but church leaders have a lot to plan for Lent.  Sunday themes, midweek themes, Holy Week coming up.  There are still group devotions and bibles studies and you may find yourself in a pinch to come up with materials for other meetings and events. […]

extravaganza

Whether you are a Youth and Family Minister, lay church volunteer, solo pastor or even a senior pastor who rarely works with youth, the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza has something to offer to inspire, uplift, recharge your ministry and come up with new ideas. This year’s theme was “Finding Forward.” Most of the speakers […]

women & Justice

It seems the flood gates have opened wide the past weeks to expose the issue of sexual harassment and assault.  There is nothing new about the problem, but there seems to be something new about the discussion.  Women are becoming more open about speaking out and people are taking the issue more seriously than in […]

Foundation

What would your congregation do if you unexpectedly received a large bequest?  While your first thought might be that this would the best thing that could happen to a congregation, experience has shown that without a plan, gifts like this can derail a congregation’s mission faster than the problem of lack of funds can. Or […]

FTS17

Rostered Ministers of the Northeastern Iowa, Southeastern Iowa and Western Iowa Synods gathered in Des Moines to reflect upon the theme “The Reformation: What’s at Stake.” The speakers were Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Bishop Guy Erwin, Bishop of the Southwest California Synod, and the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen, director of OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. […]