Did you know there are currently over 1,000 more open calls for full-time pastors in the ELCA than there are pastors to fill those calls? Lutherans believe God’s call to ministry comes from both an internal call (inside us) and an external call (from people around us). Besides the need for people to serve as pastors, deacons, and parish ministry associates, there is also a need for people to extend external calls to those who may or may not have been considering serving the church in these ways.
At First Lutheran, we are currently in the call process for a Lead Pastor. In addition, we have lifted up 16 sons and daughters of the congregation in ministry over the years. One of them, Heidi Youngquist, recently shared her call story during a recorded sermon for the Nebraska Synod. Listen to her talk about the twists and turns of her call journey and how it has led her to be where she is today.
Do you know of someone who might be open to a call in ministry? Learn more about all the ways one can serve.
At First Lutheran, we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ working for the transformation of the world. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to drawing on our Lutheran (ELCA) tradition of using meaningful worship, content-rich learning and warm hospitality to care well for our congregation, the surrounding community and the world.