A Time to be Re-Rooting in God’s Mission?

There are times in ministry when we feel stuck and wonder what’s next. Or wonder what God might be calling us to do and be. How do we get out from under the rut of “we’ve always done it this way? Have you ever wondered how to navigate change, not always knowing what the next […]

Candidacy Portal and Mobility System Inaccessible Starting December 15, 2016

A major decision that was made at this past August’s ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans consolidated the present three lay ministry rosters (associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers) into a new, single lay roster of Ministers of Word and Service who will be known colloquially as “deacons.”   The effective date for this decision […]

Time to Amend Your Congregation’s Constitution!

At last August’s ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans many amendments were made to the ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations. Most of these amendments were introduced as a result of the Assembly’s decision to merge the three lay rosters (i.e. associates in ministry, diaconal ministers and deaconesses) into a single roster of Ministers of Word […]

NW MN Synod Fund for Leaders Endowment Established

In the 1990s our church created the ELCA Fund for Leaders (FFL) as an endowed scholarship resource. It was designed to insure that faithful and promising men and women can provide pastoral leadership for the ELCA. Over the years, a steadily growing number of the ELCA’s 65 synods have started their own endowment funds within […]