English District Blog

Prayers and chairs

Chairs donated by Beautiful Savior

Among the many benefits of attending conventions and conferences hosted by the English District is the opportunity to worship, pray and fellowship together.

Another benefit is networking, which took a wonderful turn during this past May’s Professional Church Workers’ Conference, held in Ann Arbor, MI.

The Value of Small Groups

Throughout the many years of my ministry as a Director of Christian Education, I have been involved in a “Small Group” most of the time.  My experience has convinced me that small groups in a church have many benefits.  What I have experienced for myself as a participant and as a small group leader is that small groups are a great place for:

1.       Fostering new relationships.

2.       Gaining a greater understanding of God’s Word and developing a more personal relationship with Jesus.

3.       Developing Spiritual disciplines

When paths cross

Rev. Schwartz
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Ministry has its ups and downs. Sometimes it can be very discouraging. God calls us to be faithful. Recently, He richly blessed my faithfulness.

On the way home from the Pastor’s Conference in Detroit, I sat next to a young woman in her early twenties on the flight from Chicago to Kansas City. Turns out she works for Cerner and is helping set up a new software system at a hospital in the Chicago area.

Who has God placed in your path?

Guest post by Rev. Eric Carlson

Our Savior Lutheran Church - Chicago, IL

As the pastor of a small church, I am always looking out for opportunities to reach new people. Those opportunities often come in unexpected ways. For instance, some of my visits to home-bound members and trips to meetings require me to travel on toll roads. On these trips, I often see the same toll collectors. Rather than rushing through, I take a few moments to greet them and have a quick conversation.

Turn the lights out!

Guest blog post by Jennifer Freudenburg

Project Manager for the Concordia Center for the Family/Family Life Program


Losing Mary

Guest blog post by:

Jennifer Freudenburg, Project Manager        

Concordia Center for the Family

Concordia University, Ann Arbor


Take a Risk and Extend an Invitation!

Guest blog by:

Jennifer Freudenburg, Project Manager

Concordia Center for the Family, Ann Arbor, MI


2014 Lumen Christi Award Nominations

2014 Lumen Christi Award nominations are now open for the following awards: English District Professional Educator of the Year and English District Volunteer Educator of the Year.

Expected Hope

Guest blog post by:

Jennifer Freudenburg, Project Manager

Concordia Center for the Family/Family Life Program at Concordia University Ann Arbor

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. …Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matt. 25:35-36 ESV)