May 21, 2012

Lutherans For Life is truly blessed to have faithful, dedicated supporters—both those who give generous financial gifts and those who give of their time and talents. Our frontlines—those we call LFL’s “hands and feet”—invest much of their time to life issues. Some have been in service to the Lord for many years, and some are just beginning. ALL of them need equipping, and encouragement!

This past March, our wonderful state presidents had the opportunity to be “equipped and encouraged” through a Gospel-motivated workshop: two days in St. Louis (see above) of excellent training with Churches for Life president Pastor Doug Merkey. Pastor Merkey emphasized “ministry flows from relationships” and that first and foremost is our “relationship with Jesus.” He explained how walking in the Gospel is vital to a healthy ministry. “When grace and truth balance, ‘fruit happens’ as a result of being Gospel-motivated.”

We also learned ways to build a healthy, Gospel-motivated Life Team. Here is what a few participants had to say about the training (available to all our Life Teams and Life Advocates):

  • “Helps bring into focus my specific role as a leader.”

  • “Gospel-motivated focus—awesome.”

  • “Recognize a successful team follows God’s plan, living in His grace. I am excited to share this Life Team vision with my board.”

Renewal For Life® offers more than just resources on a website. Our prayer is that we can come alongside you and your congregation to help you build a fruitful, Christ-centered ministry (Psalm 32:9; Ephesians 3:20, 21).

LFL’s national conference this summer will have a special emphasis on RFL! If you want to be equipped, encouraged, and motivated For Life join us in Chicago, August 3-4!

Photo above: Back row (l-r): Anthony Horvath, LFL of Wisconsin; Karen Frohwein, LFL of Iowa; Kim Nessa, national LFL; Jerilyn Richard, national LFL; Mary Ann and Jonathan Anderson, representing LFL of North Dakota; Dale Olson, national LFL. Front row (l-r): Keith Alabach, representing LFL of Indiana; Jeanne Mackay, LFL of Kansas; Connie Davis, LFL of Michigan; Diane Albers, LFL of Missouri; Jean Amundson, LFL of Texas; Helen Lewis, LFL of Montana; Lynette Auch, LFL of South Dakota.