October 2018 Pastor’s Corner – Every One His Witness

If you had to choose one thing that Lutherans have traditionally not been very good at doing, what would it be?  It certainly isn’t anything to do with fellowship and food.  I’ve never attended a Lutheran gathering that involved food where there weren’t enough leftovers to feed a army.  What about what we do on Sunday morning for Divine Service?  No, it couldn’t be what we do there, as historically we’ve been very good about using doctrinally pure hymnals and liturgies that teach the faith.  What about friendliness?  Nope.  I think that once people make it through the doors of the church we are pretty friendly.  But that’s just it.  We’re friendly once people make it through the doors of the church.  What we’re not quite as good at doing is reaching out to people to get them to come through those doors.  Outreach, evangelism, or whatever you want to call inviting people to church is perhaps the one thing we Lutherans are not very good about doing.

Think I’m wrong?  Who was the last person you invited to an activity at church, to Bible class, or to worship?  What was their name?  And when was it that you did that inviting?  I know, I know, you’re just not good about doing that.  It’s too intimidating.  You don’t feel prepared to answer the difficult questions that you think that person will ask you.

That is precisely why you need to attend the Every One His Witness Workshop being held here at Trinity on November 3rd.  Rev. Jeff Lee, the Missions Facilitator for the Minnesota North District, will be our facilitator and take us through the materials necessary to comfortably and confidently witness to our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Witnessing. What’s it all about? The Every One His Witness Lutheran evangelism program puts sound doctrine into practical action for sharing the faith with people in our everyday lives.

Participants will learn: What is witnessing?  Why do we witness?  And the “how-to” of witnessing using the LASSIE approach — Listen-Ask-Seek-Share-Invite-Encourage.

   The program takes place in two parts: First, the on-site core module training on November 3rd.  Second, attendees are invited to join the context module training website to dive deeper into specific contexts such as, “Witnessing to Mormons” and “Witnessing to Dechurched Adult Children”  I think that the module on speaking to our dechurched adult children will be especially valuable for us.

Please sign-up at the kiosk, so that we can have enough materials for everyone and can know how much food to provide for the day.

“In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15

~ Pastor Christensen