Congregations across North America have splintered over the decisions of the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This has created a growing number of mission start-up churches. While funding these by the District will not likely be a possibility, BDM exists to help, support, guide and partner with new congregations that want to join LCMC and/or associate with the Augustana District. Additionally, BDM is responsible for public relations, publicity, and any and all means of “getting the word out” about Augustana.
The Congregational Visioning Process is a tool congregation’s may use to process congregational discernment. Where is God leading your congregation? How do we discern? This process uses prayer, scripture, and mutual conversation as the components that work toward a collective consensus of where God is leading. Feel free to adapt it to fit your own needs.
|Pastor Craig Rew-Werling, Chair||Living Word, Milbank, SD||Email Pr. Craig|
|Pastor Bryan Anderson||First, Clear Lake, WI|
|Pastor Becky Hand||Life in Grace, Odessa, TX|
|Pastor Terrill Sorensen||Britton Parish, Britton, SD|
|Pastor Kelly Wasberg||Living Word, Marshall, MN|
|Pastor Mark Johnson||St. Paul Lutheran Church,|
|Jan Ferguson||(Council Rep)|
Each congregation is a mission, that is an extension of the preached Word and therefore an extension of the Great Commission. One method to learn what congregations are doing is by joining the Missions Forum. Mission work is not exclusively in far away countries. We have a great need for missions right in our own communities. Augustana District congregations share local and regional mission ideas that fit any size congregation.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10