Jen Phillips in New Lay Mission Developer Role
You already know me as the Director of Ministry for the past four years. In that role, I have been the administrator of the church’s ministries, overseeing our operations, communications, financial reporting and supporting the outreach ministries of the pastors and mission leaders. This summer, I was invited to take on a new role—the mission leader for our outreach ministries across all of our Concordia Place and Concordia Day locations.
Since assuming the role as Lay Mission Developer, I have attended the annual Mission Developer training in Seattle, attended multiple discernment/training conversations with Synod staff, completed applications and aptitude tests, written essays and completed paperwork aplenty. I’ve also taken several clinics that will assist me in my new role as Lay Mission Developer. I await a standardized interview at the ELCA headquarter offices to formalize my new role and hope to have that complete this spring.
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Here is a brief summary of what our Mission Expansion initiative has entailed since July 2018. The church co-hosted several events with Concordia Place, Concordia Day and the Avondale Neighborhood Association this past fall and winter. We’ve met families in lobby meet n greets. We organized and coordinated the first food drive across all of Concordia’s four sites, and we’ve spent time building relationships with key stakeholders in our community to help form a cohesive Concordia Ministries culture. Throughout this time we have continually lifted up the ‘why’ of our mission expansion initiative – we are bringing the witness of God’s love and grace to those in our communities with an intentional focus and, at the same time, an invitational manner.
There is much work to be done; however, we believe it is work that is certainly worth doing. May our daily joy be rooted in sharing what God’s love has done for each of us. If you have questions about our Mission Expansion or if you’d like to be a part of walking with others in their faith journeys, I invite you to connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.