Patrick Lencioni

Together Everyone Achieves More (Get it? T – E – A – M)

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen After I was called as senior pastor at Trinity in Moorhead, Minnesota, I received an invitation from the ELCA to attend the “New Heads of Staff” Conference, led by Peter Steinke. For me, the learning curve of senior pastor was significant. Hoping for encouragement at the conference, I found Steinke’s long [...]

Conflict-Averse Christians

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen All things being equal, I’d rather avoid conflict. If you asked me when pastoral ministry was most challenging, I would immediately think of times when the congregations I served were most conflicted. I suspect that is true for most rostered leaders. I still remember a vivid dream the night before a [...]

2017-09-18T19:44:49-05:00September 18th, 2017|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , , |

Incarnating Community

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen How important is it for a pastor to know how to form and lead a healthy community? In addition to teaching pastors how to preach, teach, and provide pastoral care, should seminaries teach students the skills to build community? This was not a part of the curriculum in the 1980s when [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:50-05:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , |