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 […]

Synod rostered leaders gathered again as they have during Lent for many years. “The Day of Renewal provides rostered leaders in our synod a day to step away from the hurried pace of Lenten schedules and responsibilities to be refreshed”, notes Bishop Ullestad.  “Mutual support and encouragement, a learning opportunity, time with the bishop and […]

There was a time in the church when much of leadership was about gate keeping.  It was important to keep the church safe from heresy and protect the members from exposure to dangerous ideas about the world and about God.  Truth was filtered and mediated by the church. This was one of Luther’s objections to […]

This year the Northeastern Iowa Synod is focusing on Bold Leadership.   At our Annual Day of Renewal this year Bishop Ullestad and synod staff gave brief presentations on an aspect of bold leadership that they work with. Pastor Stephen Brackett began by talking about leaders as collaborators.  We have many ways we work together […]

Day of Renewal is a mini-Retreat for synod rostered leaders that was initiated by Northeastern Iowa Synod Bishop Steven Ullestad shortly after he was elected when he saw there was a need for leaders to take some time to get away during Lent and care for each other. The bishop remembers that at first there […]