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 […]

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 […]

In 1987 the constituting convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted the goal “that within 10 years of its establishment its membership shall include at least 10% t people of color and/or primarily language other than English.”   Despite the good intentions, we have not made any progress toward that goal.  According to […]

As part of our six-year celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Northeastern Iowa Synod is focusing on the Gospel this year.  At the heart of the Lutheranism is our deep commitment to the good news (Gospel) that we are saved by grace through faith. So that we may obtain this faith, the […]

Last month the 2016 Churchwide Assembly voted to gather all those serving as lay rostered leaders – deaconesses, diaconal ministers and associates in ministry (AIMS) into one lay roster known as “Ministers of Word and Service”, effective January 1, 2017. They will also be called deacons (which means service). Ministers of Word and Service serve […]

Next week ELCA members from all over the country and the Caribbean will gather in New Orleans for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.  The Churchwide Assembly, which meets every three years, is the primary decision-making body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A churchwide assembly is very similar to a synod assembly, only on […]