Then led by consultant Judith Mattison, associate pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis, the council set out to gain new clarity about God's call to the congregation in response to the Great Commission to go and make disciples.
Participants, which included church staff members, came away from the day with renewed determination to come to terms with our decline in membership.Members assessed the present circumstances of Reformation
and evaluated its health in terms of five key purposes of worship, education, hospitality, evangelism and service.Pastor Mattison
challenged the council to choose between leaving things as they are, to enter a year's discussion about the congregation's viability, or to begin a process of consultation on leadership.
In the upper right, MK Fynn converses with Judith Mattison