Ordinations keep Seminary in Perspective

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Saturday was a special day for one seminary grad and for the church. You see Saturday the ELCA hosted another ordination, publicly calling another M.Div. graduate into Word and sacrament ministry. He will serve a particular congregation, as he also serves the whole church. For people who don’t hang out in seminaries, this seems like an odd thing to do on a …

The Shift

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By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary Have you experienced it? There’s a shift underway. There is a conversation growing in our midst. The conversation began wondering if (what we know as) Sunday School and confirmation ministries were working. This part of the conversation had many dimensions; some focused on curricular …

A Letter to the Church

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By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary Dear Church, It’s here. The first day of school, a day that marks the beginning of a new season in my house – the school year. For the next 9 months our life will consist of navigating schedules, deadlines, and demands from outside our …

Embracing relevance, letting go of survival

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Here’s a powerful and interesting take on the challenges facing mainline churches, from Mike Rinehart, who is the bishop of the Louisiana Gulf Coast synod of the ELCA. Among other things, he writes that: The turnaround of the mainline churches will happen when we in those churches care as much about those outside the church, as we do those inside. …