Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Note from the Pastor

Dear Friends of the Good Shepherd,

A heartfelt thank you for everyone who made the Installation Service and Dinner so special!  I was overwhelmed by the powerful worship service and the hospitality shown to all our guests: some people were surprised by the wonderful meal after the Spirit-filled service.  We welcomed Bishop Gary Wollersheim, as well as many pastors and guests, including some of our friends and family from out of town.  An installation service is a community event for our church and our church family throughout the area, rather than an event focusing on the pastor; and yet I was deeply moved.  The Lord willing, I look forward to Living and Sharing Jesus with you for a long time to come!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011

Yesterday, I mailed the defense draft of my thesis to Luther Seminary.  It’s the beginning of the end of my Doctor of Ministry.  In April, I defend the thesis, and in May, hopefully, I graduate.  The D. Min. program was a theological lifeline during the last three years at Grace in Detroit Lakes, reconnecting me with the wider church and renewing my mind and heart.  I am a better pastor because of it.  What I realized from both the D. Min. experience and my collegial relationships in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod (especially the text study and the Synod Council) was the importance of learning and growing in community – the community of pastoral colleagues, as well as the community of the congregation.

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