Exactly 30 years ago today (May 27), Pastor Michael Conklin took an oath into the office of the holy ministry.   The congregation at Rejoice! Lutheran Church celebrated this special anniversary with Pastor Mike and his family immediately following the regular 9:30am Sunday morning service.   Per Pastor Mike, “they said I’d never do it”, according … [Read more…]

Maundy Thursday 2018 Sermon

Maundy Thursday 2018 Sermon The term mandatum (maundy), literally means “Commandment”,we read tonight that Christ gives us a new commandment to love one another and it was applied to the rite of foot–washing on this day of Holy Week called Maundy Thursday. And as with most of the gifts of God we turn the concept of … [Read more…]

Pastoral Letter

 Pastoral Letter to me! Sometimes I just need to kick myself in the seat of my pants and grab on to something and hang on for dear life. This letter is a reflection of my thoughts and faith at this particular moment. I write it to myself but if it helps someone else that would … [Read more…]

Invitation Ministry

Personal Invitations to church are still the most effective growth mechanism   I know this is dated information but (Source: The Inviting Church, 1987 p. 44) 50,000 people over the last 10 years were asked why they came to church, and between 75 and 90 percent of respondents say, “I began attending because someone invited … [Read more…]

Shared Ministry in the ELCA

Visioning for a new model of ministry The Situation There is no denying that there is a decline in Church membership going on in the United States.  This decline means that Lutheran Congregations need to be proactive in how ministry is staffed and provided in the future. The old models are quickly becoming obsolete. This … [Read more…]

Christmas Eve Sermon 2016

Christmas Eve 2016 – “A Hot Mess” When I first thought of the title for my Christmas Eve Sermon, “a hot mess”, my thinking was that I wanted to convey the context of our Lord’s incarnation, why God becomes one of us. I wanted to say that God chose willingly to enter into this messy … [Read more…]