The calling of the Office of the President is to provide leadership in fulfilling the mission of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. It’s all about the church – and the leaders who serve Christ’s church. Care and concern for God’s people reside at the heart of the Office of President for the CLB.
Congregations are Critical
Congregational vitality and health is a President’s Office priority, offering coaching for growth, assistance during pastoral transition, and consulting during conflict. Spiritual resources, such as Prayer and Witness Retreats, are designed to help congregations fulfill their calling and vision.
Pastors are Strategic
Assisting pastors to effectively serve congregations and communities is the role in which the President’s Office invests the most time: listening, advising, and praying.
Worldwide evangelism is the leadership emphasis from the Office of the President during this Decade of Evangelism. Mission is at the heart of our ministry.
Joel became president of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in 2001. He devotes his time to taking care of matters pertaining to the congregations and denominational ministries. As a presiding pastor, he uses the office to encourage pastors, congregations and their cooperative ministries administrated by the denominational ministries. He presides at the Biennial Meeting, receives reports from the various congregations, and submits an statement of his own work and of the state of the synod. He visits congregations to give encouragement and advice. Joel has previously served as president of Lutheran Brethren Seminary, and at congregations in Briarcliff Manor, NY, Pasadena, CA, and Marysville, WA. He is married to Barbara.
Sermon from the Lutheran Brethren Convention, June 20, 2010 View more videos at our Video Blog >