Talking with your mouth full

June 3rd, 2019

Ministry Imagination Grants: Imagine. Innovate. Initiate. By Dennis Sanders Pastor and chef Jose Flores chopped vegetables while talking to the small class gathered at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford. The crowd watched as he prepared what the audience would soon eat for lunch. He keeps chopping as he utters, “The most amazing conversations happen […]

Sit at the (Longer) Welcome Table

April 30th, 2019

Ministry Imagination Grants: Imagine. Innovate. Initiate. By Dennis Sanders A vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood surrounds Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Like the shops at the renowned Midtown Global Market, filled with food and goods from every corner of the globe, the West Powderhorn Park neighborhood is remarkably diverse. “The community that Mount Olive is placed in is […]

Nativity Lutheran seeks to expand cultural awareness

March 12th, 2019

Ministry Imagination Grants: Imagine. Innovate. Initiate.  By Courtney Olsen The church holds great potential for making positive change in communities. However, intercultural incompetence can have extremely negative effects on community outreach by churches, even when members act with the best intentions. In the last year, Nativity Lutheran Church in Saint Anthony has made a concerted […]

Being a church leader is both an art and a science

January 31st, 2019

By Courtney Olsen Leadership in congregations is not for the squeamish. Many different skill sets are required. So, it is good news then that many of those skills are easily learned. That’s why the Minneapolis Area Synod offers an annual Tool Kit event, and this year’s Tool Kit will be held on 9 a.m.–noon on […]

Allowing God in

December 3rd, 2018

By Courtney Olsen Felecia Boone, elected Synod Council vice president at the 2018 Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly, brings a wealth of experience to the synod from her varied portfolio of 26 years of work with Hennepin County. “It’s been a way to serve people and deliver on the core values and the mission of the […]

Be hearers of the Word: Podcasts and a new way of talking faith

November 19th, 2018

By Courtney Olsen How does a pastor preach in the digital age? This is the question that the Revs. Matthew Ian Fleming and Derek Tonsgard asked as they sat with the Revs. Meta Herrick Carlson and Miriam Samuelson-Roberts one fall afternoon. “We talked about what [preaching in the digital age] might look like,” remembers Fleming. […]

The Summer Youth Program: Learning about the gospel in a time of ‘not learning’

October 9th, 2018

By Courtney Olsen When schools close their doors for the summer, churches open theirs: the warm weather and break from school provide the perfect space for congregations to focus their energy on youth programming. Financial barriers, however, can prevent churches from putting on a youth event. The synod’s summer youth program grants are working to […]

Accompany policy for young adults

September 18th, 2018

By Courtney Olsen Last month, 80 young adults from around the country gathered at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for a week of relationship building, learning, and preparation. These developing leaders are participating in Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM), an international service program through the ELCA. YAGM invites young adults between the […]

Stewarding Imagination: Grants available from church’s legacy to fund enhanced ministry

August 17th, 2018

By Pr. Craig Pederson The Minneapolis Area Synod Council’s Executive Committee and the Resurrection Fund Advisory Committee (RFAC) are pleased to announce the first round of Ministry Imagination Grant awards. Eighteen different projects have been awarded a total of $181,860.00! Ministry Imagination Grants are funded through the Resurrection Fund of the Minneapolis Area Synod (MAS), […]

Mr. Eric Howard named new executive assistant to Bishop Ann Svennungsen

August 6th, 2018

August 6, 2018, Minneapolis — Bishop Ann Svennungsen is pleased to announce that Mr. Eric Howard joins the staff of the Minneapolis Area Synod today as Executive Assistant to the Bishop. Eric replaces Dee Cole Vodicka, who had served in this role until late May. “From our initial interview, I was excited by the possibility […]