A central part of the Reformation 500 commemoration in 2016-2017 is a synod-wide, cross-generational parish education curriculum called Ever-Reforming: A Reformation 500 Cross-Generational Study. Edited by Mindy Makant and Eric Childers, this 44-session study was written by a variety of authors across the synod.
Recently, 454 rostered and lay leaders completed surveys which indicated financial stress that impedes ministry, deep debt, worry about health care costs, and a need for congregational partnerships. A NC Synod Lilly Endowment Project Team is at work compiling the survey results, structuring programs and finalizing efforts towards the submission and ultimate approval of a grant that could be life-changing for our synod. Stay tuned!
The Candidacy Committee of our synod assists people in discernment for church leadership. Each person pursues a path of discernment culminating in an awareness of his or her unique call. The committee walks with each candidate as they discern, develop, and celebrate their call to a specific ministry. If you are interested in discussing a call to ministry, please contact the Rev. Beth Kearney, synod staff person for candidacy, or Dr. Sylvia Black, committee chair.
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's July column for Living Lutheran.
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Make plans now to use Ever-Reforming: A Reformation 500 Cross-Generational Study in your congregation beginning this fall. Begin the 44 weeks of curriculum on September 18 or another day of your choosing. Journey and learn with us about the Reformation, our Lutheran traditions and the gifts Lutheranism brings to the world today.