The motion to "recommend to the 2010 Biennial Convention the adoption of the Statement on Missional Theology as edited, as a Recommended Resource and Teaching Guide for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren" passed unanimously. Several corrections and amendments will need to be made to the report.
A version with the amendments from the Convention will be posted online and made available in print soon.
Below you will be able to download a copy of the Report from the Study Committee on Missional Theology. The Report of the Study Committee on Missional Theology is being received by the Theological Council which will, through the Council of Directors, bring a recommendation to this year's Convention. This is an important subject worthy of your reading prior to the Convention and discussion during the hour it will be presented to the Church.
I, on behalf of the Church, thank the members of the Study Committee for their many hours of reading, deliberation, and writing. Presenting the summary backgrounds of many aspects of the missional theology conversation, they lead us to Biblical and confessional foundations for evaluation of that particular emphasis followed by affirmations and denials. This paper will be a teaching guide for mission that is domestic and international ministry and evangelism to those who do not yet confess Jesus Christ as Son of God and their Savior.
Anticipating your fellowship during the Convention, June 20-22nd,
Mark your calendars! Saturday, June 19th marks the first-annual 'IPoint Celebrates' event where we will celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the purchase of the property we now call Inspiration Point. The day will be packed with activities for all ages and include the only public showing of Gaslight Theater, silent and live auctions, swimming, boating, and climbing (the tower - not trees). When you're not busy with all the outdoor recreation activities or catching up with people you haven't seen in years, check out the archive room and learn (or relive!) the story of how Inspiration Point came to be and has become what it is today. You can even take a history tour of the site - remember when the ballfield was up on the grill or the old rainbow hut?
Join us as we celebrate a half century of God's faithfulness through this ministry and relive all the ways He has worked mightily in the hearts of His people through this 23-acre peninsula.
With only a week left in our fiscal year (ending April 30th), we are 80% to our goal. Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to give to the ministry of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB).
The incredible thing about our vision as a Church is that we get to build it together! The mission of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren lies in your congregation. The question for the Synododical ministries is, how can we assist you in your mission? What can we do to support your ministry in reaching your neighbors? How can we help your church educate your lay leaders theologically? How can we supply you with the tools that you need to teach your children and engage your teens? We want to know and we desire to be part of your ministry. The wonderful fact is that God is in control. And this is ultimately God's Mission! We are his family, a family of churches, and we desire to be faithful to his calling. We have been called. How is he calling you?
Thank you for the contributions that have come in so far. We appreciate your support and invite you to build our vision with us. We are on the "Same Mission. Together."
With little over a month left in our fiscal year (ending April 30th), we are only 71% to our goal. Last year at this time we had received 84% of our goal. Please prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to give to the ministry of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB).
We would like to thank those who have given their time, talents and money to their congregations and the CLB this past year. God is working in amazing ways through our congregations and missionaries. It is a wonderful privilege and incredibly exciting for each of us to be part of something so much bigger than ourselves. God welcomes us into His Mission with open arms, and we are called to be faithful in our own lives proportionate to our responsibility within the larger body of Christ. We, as a family of churches, are on the same mission, together.
"We see God stirring in our church a fresh passion to reach beyond our own comfort to all people among whom God places us. We embrace God's mission to bring the life changing Gospel to unreached people in Asia and Africa, and we sense God convicting us to more intentionally reach out to people who live in our midst in North America as well." CLB Vision Statement
The following are three main goals as we look at the mission of the CLB.
Christ worshiped in one more language
Empowering Heathly Congregations: Worship & Going
Preparing congregations and future leaders for ministry