Mark Huber talks about his call as a mission developer beginning Sanctuary (http://sanctuarymarshfield.org), his congregation in Marshfield, MA. Mark is interviewed by Clint Schnekloth, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, AR, a congregation in the process of calling a pastor of new communities. They hope to begin a second site of their congregation that reaches new people in downtown Fayetteville and the university context. Mark and Clint learn from each other, and share this video in the hopes it might inspire other mission developers and developing congregations.
Ben tells the story behind the start of Spirit Garage and Jacob's Well, and what it looked like for Bethlehem Lutheran to give birth to those ministries. He talks also about the transition to their new approach to mission, and his work as a Pastor of New Communities partnering with other area churches in ministry and building new community. Finally, he talks about his work as a pastor of "new technologies," and the ways video and social media are vehicles for faith formation mid-week between Sunday services.
Matthew Martin Nickoloff describes the early stage of the development of the South Wedge Mission in Rochester, New York. What theolog(ies) are implicit in mission development? How does church approach culture?
Jeanette Clark, pastor of Pueblo de Dios (http://pueblodedios.net/content/ministries/pueblo_de_dios) in Sioux Fall, South Dakota, takes time to talk about their new mission start. You do not want to miss this interview. In it you see the clearest indication of the future of the Lutheran Church in North America. Jeanette is a rocking cool pastor.
Paul Bailie serves as pastor at Iglesia Luterana San Lucas, Eagle Pass, Texas. He leads worship at 11, then cross the border to lead worship at their mission site, Cristo Rey, across the border in the rural outskirts of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. So San Lucas is a Latino mission start that has its own mission start. In this interview, Paul describes the congregations, his call in that place, and the unique challenges ministry across borders presents.
For photos and more information, read the article, "Where the church needs to be..." http://www.lstc.edu/voices/stories/bailie.php