Ministerium 2017-07-18T20:01:49+00:00

Twice a year, rostered ministers gather together for worship, learning, conversation, and relationship building. Given the abundance of local resource people, a seminary or college professor regularly presents on an important and timely topic. Our fall Ministerium is held jointly with the Saint Paul Area Synod, taking turns acting as hosts.

“I love the opportunity to lead worship at Ministerium — sharing that role with the pastors of our host congregation. And, our rostered ministers really seem to enjoy being together.” — Bishop Ann Svennungsen

“Why Lutheran?
Does Luther Still Matter in the 21st Century?”

Spring Ministerium – Thursday, March 30, 2017

St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Plymouth


Rev. Lamont Wells’ Spring Ministerium sermon

Rev. Lamont Wells preached on dry bones at the Spring Ministerium event held March 30 at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Several clergy participants asked about the manuscript and Rev. Wells readily agreed to make it available for others. Click here to download the PDF. While there is no guarantee that sinews will reconnect by the reading of these pages, this sermon certainly revived the dry bones of some weary preachers at Ministerium.

Featured speakers:

Lamont Wells is Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM) for the Metropolitan New York Synod.

Born and raised in Philadelphia in the Baptist church, Wells attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. His work as a state grants administrator required him to collaborate with non-profit organizations and religious communities, and led him to meet a future mentor, the late ELCA Pastor Arthur Lewis. Though he was already ordained in the Baptist tradition, Pr. Lewis encouraged Wells to go to seminary.

“I took classes in Lutheranism in North America and Lutheran Confessions and thought, ‘This is what I believe!'” says Wells. He learned that his childhood pastor, who studied at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, had really taught him Lutheran theology in the Baptist church. Wells earned his MDiv at the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

Wells then served as the Lutheran campus pastor of Atlanta University Center, a consortium of six historically black colleges and universities, and later as senior pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church. A call in 2008 to Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, one of the largest African-American congregations in the ELCA, allowed him to return home.

Now as DEM, Wells is responsible for stewardship and evangelical mission in the Metro New York synod, including partnership grants, congregational renewal and redevelopment, and new starts. “I want to lift that up, …  to connect racial diversity with religious spirituality, mix it together, and show the great conglomerate of the true church,” says Wells. “I think it’s a good time to be the DEM.”

Paul Pribbenow is president of Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in Minneapolis.

Before coming to Augsburg, Pribbenow served as president of Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois. He also has served as research fellow for the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College (Indiana); dean for College Advancement and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College; vice president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and associate dean of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Pribbenow holds a BA from Luther College (Iowa), and an MA and PhD in social ethics from the University of Chicago.  He received the Distinguished Service Award at Luther College in 2008.

Pribbenow serves on the Executive Committee for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, on the National Campus Compact Board of Directors, and on the Oslo Center US Foundation Board of Directors. Locally, he is chair of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership and serves on the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Private College Council.

Pribbenow is the author of numerous articles on philanthropy, ethics, and not-for-profit management. He publishes a bi-monthly email newsletter titled “Notes for the Reflective Practitioner.”

Pribbenow lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Abigail Crampton Pribbenow, and their two children, Thomas and Maya.

The Fall 2015 Ministerium was jointly sponsored by Minneapolis Area and Saint Paul Area synods and featured keynote speaker Dr. Jacob J. Erickson, St. Olaf.
Held on March 31, the 2016 Spring Ministerium featured conversations about the future of the ELCA and a presentation by Dr. Michael Chan (Luther Seminary) titled “Why Daniel’s Visions Matter for the Church Today.”
Rostered ministers in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Area synods were invited to hear Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ present about her new book, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women.  Fall 2016 Worship Resources >
Rostered Ministers in the Minneapolis Area Synod gathered at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church to hear Rev. Lamont Wells (DEM at Metropolitan New York Synod) and Dr. Paul Pribbenow (President at Augsburg University) discuss “Why Lutheran? Does Luther Still Matter in the 21st Century?”