Category Archives: Transforming for Missions

How Are You Living into Intentionality? — Rev. Scott Gress

Does one day fade into another day? Does your congregational life go from meeting to meeting … Sunday to Sunday … with little visible progress? Do you want your life and your congregational life to be more purposeful? Rev. Scott … Continue reading

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Can My Church Plant a Church?

Paul Krentz, the Mission and Ministry Facilitator of the Texas District LCMS, asks this question and provides an answer in the recent edition (June 15, 2014) of the Mission Moments from the Center for United States Missions. Based on his experience … Continue reading

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A New Journal of Lutheran Mission Published

President Matthew C. Harrison of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod explains why a new Journal of Lutheran Mission is being published.  He says,  “It is our desire to follow the tradition of mission that led to the founding of the Missouri Synod, … Continue reading

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Miss[ion]ing Kids — A Free Mission U Webinar

On the average 20-30% of USA town populations are children & youth under the age of 18. Are these kids in your mission and ministry plans? What would it look like if your congregation sees Children’s Ministry as mission and … Continue reading

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July 2 is the Registration Deadline for Reach Out Canada!

Are you still wondering what to do with some of your summer vacation?  Are you passionate about sharing God’s Gospel with people who do not yet believe in Jesus as their Saviour?  If you answered “Yes!” to these two questions … Continue reading

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Mission Work: The Lutheran Way – What is the MISSION?

The following thoughts are reproduced from an article by Eugene W. Bunkowske in Missio Apostolica (Vol. III, No. 2, 1995).  Check out the Lutheran Society for Missiology website.  Among many resources, you will find the most recent copy of Missio … Continue reading

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160 year-old Martini Lutheran Church Seeing Explosive Growth

The following story comes from Transforming Churches Network: This is a special year in the life of Martini Lutheran Church in New Haven, Indiana, as the Church celebrates its 160th anniversary.  More importantly, Martini is experiencing growth as it continues … Continue reading

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Rural Nebraska Lutheran Pastor Sees Transformation for Missions

Pastor Kenton Birtell has served Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska for 12 years now.  The church averages about 230 people in worship each Sunday.  Holdrege is a small community of about 5,400 people located in south central Nebraska.  … Continue reading

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The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door

Jay Pathak and David Runyon have authored The Art of Neighboring that answers the question, “What is the most loving thing I can do for the people who live on my street or in my apartment building?” In our time … Continue reading

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Why NOT? Plan a Short-Term International Mission Trip into Your Winter or Summer Travels

Maybe you are searching Expedia.ca for a winter get-a-way to a warmer climate.  Maybe you are beginning to make your plans for a summer vacation.    Might I suggest you consider going on a short-term international mission trip? If you are … Continue reading

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