The Harvest Partnership

When you think about those special times with the people who mean the most to you what do you picture? Do you picture Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties, playing cards? I’m sure most of you, like me, picture smiling faces and hear laughter when you think of these special

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Come As You Are

The Dwelling, a church where you can “come as you are.” The Dwelling’s dress code? “Wear some clothes!” Cool tattoos? “This church thinks they’re awesome!” Whether it’s what you’re wearing, whatever the color of your skin, or what you see as your identity, The Dwelling really is a church where

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For Such a Time as This

Answered prayer as well as the beginning of something new and exciting was celebrated Sunday, January 8 at Grace Lutheran Church in Killeen. Over 170 people from the community and churches throughout Circuit 17 came together to celebrate God’s provision and Pastor Gerry Harrow’s installation as the church planter to

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Mission Planting Throughout Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (it wasn’t called this at the beginning) has always had an emphasis on planting new congregations in the United States. The Synod was organized in 1847 and in a short period of seven years had to create four districts because of the growth in membership and congregations. This growth pattern continued, with a couple of down periods, all the way

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To Build, or Not to Build?

Recently, a colleague of mine asked me for some advice that might help the chairman of a church building committee convince fellow members of the congregation that such a significant expenditure of money was, indeed, necessary. Here’s a part of my response: In my experience, the most compelling thing to

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Sealy “After Dark”

Sealy “After Dark” A little more than 2 years ago Pastor Jonathan Brandenburg accepted a call to LifeBridge Church in Sealy, Texas. At the time, LifeBridge, launched by three laymen in 2013, had approximately 40 worshipping on a Sunday. Sealy is a small town in southeastern Texas. The population is

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