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, Congregational Services exists to help, support, guide and partner with new congregations that want to join LCMC and/or associate with the Augustana District. Additionally, Congregational Services 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.
|Jan Ferguson, Council Rep||Living Word, Alexandria, MN|
|Pr. Nathan Hanson, Chair||Interim Pastor
Living Word Lutheran Alexandria, MN
|Pr. Craig Werling, Council Chair||Hosanna, Watertown, SD|
|Pr. Terrill Sorensen||Britton Parish, Britton, SD|
|Pr. Thomas Thorstad, Council Vice-Chair||St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran, Sanborn, NY|
|Pr. Kelly Wasberg||Living Word, Marshall, MN|
You may have heard that the Augustana District has been working the past couple of years to set up a non-geographic medical insurance policy for all AD church staff. The district is excited to announce that a medical insurance plan has been put in place for all AD church staff who are employed more than 20 hours per week. A number of churches are already on the plan and your church is eligible to join them. The best news is that you do not have to wait until the end of the year to switch to this plan. You can get more information on the plan, its 2021 premium costs, and find out how to participate by reaching out to Luke Hahn at 800-516-4246 or via e-mail at [email protected] This is a very exciting opportunity and the option for rates to go DOWN as more churches join is another great reason to participate.
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