Again this year, a retired pastor and his wife have made two $500 gifts to Grow in Grace in order to encourage pastors and lay leaders to grow together in carrying out the gospel ministry entrusted to them. These are the congregations whose proposals are receiving a $500 grant this year.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Neenah, Wisconsin is being awarded $500 to help request a WELS lay musician or band (i.e., Autumn Wakeman, Branches Band, Stephen Bautista) to meet with teens to encourage growth of their blended Monday evening worship services as Trinity elementary school merges with another WELS elementary school. They are excited for the opportunity to involve youth musicians from both congregations in this service. The event with guest musician would include a presentation as well as an opportunity for the teens to bring their own instruments to play with the guest musician. Others will learn how to operate the A/V system and record the session. All will be encouraged be active participants in planning these special Monday services with Trinity’s pastors, to play music or sing for the services, and learn how to operate the A/V system. Trinity’s desire is to train future worship leaders and encourage our youth to stay involved in worship.
Salem Lutheran Church in Woodbury, Minnesota won with this proposal: The ministry challenge we currently face at Salem is taking the next step in our recently adopted ministry plan. Specifically, as it pertains to our lay leaders, this challenge involves forming “teams” of members to support the work in their particular area of oversight (i.e., evangelism, stewardship). Some of our lay leaders have taken that step, some have not. There is certainly opportunity in accomplishing this aspect of our ministry plan, in that more of God’s gifts to his church will be put into sue through the abilities, energy, and perspectives of more of our members. The funds will be used to carry out an annual planning event for our lay and called workers, possible with a ministry planning consultant from Crossroads Ministry Planning, whom we used for our ministry planning process.