Together in Transition
Living Lord is going through a pastoral transition. This page is dedicated to updating everyone on the current status of our transition and where we are heading for the future.
Spend Plan for 2020
Ministry Site Plan
For everything there is a season … (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Updated information in italics.
Living Lord is in a season of transition … a period of pastoral change.
The Ministry Site Plan Committee has been hard at work creating the Site Plan for Living Lord. This plan will be voted on at the Congregational Meeting on January 26th at 9:45am. Please join us for the meeting as we will also be looking at the updated Congregation Constitution and the Spend Plan for 2020. These three documents can be downloaded above (just click on the box labelled Congregation Documents).
IN addition, the Senior Pastor Call Committee has been selected and we would like to thank the following people for being a part of this group: Barry Dougherty, Lorene Meyer, Mary Ann Neeman, Stephanie Peters, Seth Peimann and Samantha Sotheran.
For more information: · Go to: Together in Transition website page: · Please contact Debbie Schroeder-Saulnier – Council President (email@example.com or (314-302-6649) or Jennifer LeClair – Council Vice President (firstname.lastname@example.org or (636-447-9665).
Your servants in Christ, Living Lord Congregation Council
In 2016, Living Lord formed a task force to develop our Pastoral Transition Plan. The plan was developed as "a step-by-step plan that will ensure the transition process will be treated with the respect it demands and that the process includes the time necessary to thoroughly and prayerfully evaluate and consider a decision that will guide Living Lord into the future."
Please feel free to download a copy of the plan below.
GETTING TO KNOW OUR NEXT PASTOR
As we say farewell to our dear pastors, Pastor Lanny Westphal has agreed to come to Living Lord to serve as our transition senior pastor. He is excited about this opportunity to serve with us and says, "I am open to wherever God leads and the church calls me.”
Pastor Westphal has had special training in transition ministry. He is currently serving as an interim pastor in Dallas, Texas, following interim ministries in Bloomington, Ill., Winona, Minn., Dubuque, Iowa, and Cary, North Carolina. In his previous positions in the ELCA offices in Chicago and as Assistant to Bishop April Larson of the La Crosse Area Synod, his responsibilities included the call process, outreach, stewardship, companion-synod relationships and the Global Church Sponsorship program. Prior to that, he served for ten years as a parish pastor in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He also served as a short-term missionary teacher at a seminary in Ethiopia and studied in Europe during college and seminary.
During the coming months, Pastor Westphal will serve as both pastor and consultant to help our congregation remain strong as we to prepare to call our next pastor. He will work with our council and staff to continue implementing our transition plan. He will not be involved in the selection of our next pastor, nor is he available to be considered as a candidate for call to Living Lord.
Pastor Lanny's wife, Mary, is a retired school counselor. Their home is near La Crosse, Wis., where he will go once a month over a weekend to visit. One adult son, Carl, lives in Washington DC, and the other son, Mark, lives near Rochester, Minn. Lanny and Mary were recently made legal guardians of foster son, Jakwon, 14. They call him son and he calls them Mom and Dad, which warms their heart.
He looks forward to getting to know the people of Living Lord. You are invited to “friend” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter. He will live in our community in an apartment provided by our congregation so that he can be available to provide the full range of pastoral care and services. His cell phone number is 312-608-8551 and his email address is email@example.com.
The date of Pastor Westphal's first worship services at Living Lord will be announced in due time. In the meanwhile, we are working to call a transition associate pastor to work with him. We are also planning small group discussions in August to begin preparations for the transition and call processes. Stay tuned and get involved!