September 23, 2015
The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) is promoting “faith webbing” as an intergenerational approach to family, youth and children’s ministry. This approach can be engaged by any size congregation. They are partnering with Gary and Laurie Pecuch who have years of experience in family, youth and children’s ministry. They are giving leadership to this initiative. Hope Lutheran will be embracing and engaging this approach. More information to come, but to get started, explore these links:
September 23, 2015
- September: “Up In Out” To prepare for our study in October, we will study this simple framework for living a balanced Christian life. Up=your relationship with Jesus; In=having deep and intentional relationships with other Christians who will encourage you to stay true to Jesus and His ways; Out=your relationship and mission with those who do not know Jesus.
- October continuing through the fall: Ephesians & “Sit Walk Stand” by Watchman Nee “Sit Walk Stand” is a short powerful Christian classic written by Christian martyr Watchman Nee which is based upon the Scriptures found in Ephesians. It has influenced the church throughout the world with its penetrating insightful teaching. This will be a chance for you to dig in and grow. For many churches, reading “Sit Walk Stand” has been the precursor for great things God later launched.
September 19, 2015
In 2015, both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) are holding their national gatherings in the Dallas area during August and October. Hope Lutheran is a part of both of these church bodies.
The Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ event will be held on October 4-7 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco. Click here for more information on the event. Volunteers are needed! Hope Lutheran’s volunteer coordinator is Pat Foster.
The NALC meetings were held at the DFW Airport Hyatt Hotel. Video from this event is available. Click here!
September 16, 2015
On September 27 and October 4, Hope Lutheran will host two different guest preachers.
September 27: We will be hosting a special speaker from Food for the Poor (click here).
October 4: We will be hosting an international Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) pastor from Myanmar, Pastor Martin Lalthangliana, Mission Director of the Lutheran Church of Myanmar. He will also speak about mission opportunities within his church at an event that will take place at the Hilton Gardens Inn, Frisco TX, from 3-5 PM on October 4, prior to the beginning of the annual LCMC gathering.
August 18, 2015
On August 11-14, both a theological conference and the national North American Lutheran Church (NALC) convocation were held in Dallas at the Dallas Hyatt Regencey. The national gatherings were very inspiring and powerful. I hope you will listen to the recordings. All the talks were excellent, but I especially recommend the Mission Driven Intensive and the talks by Lensa Gudina and Robert Spencer.
Mission Driven Mission Intensive (click here): Training talks presented by several presenters, including Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba and Bishop John Bradosky!
Lensa Gudina (click here): “Martyrdom: An Obligation or Choice?” Lensa’s father was brutally martyred and her mother was tortured and imprisoned for nearly a decade.
Robert Spencer (click here): Robert Spencer is a renown speaker and expert on Islam.
Pastor Joel assisted others in leading worship at the opening worship of the NALC convocation. Many from our congregation volunteered!! Thank you!!
July 23, 2015
July 8, 2015
Growing with Jesus: Intentionality
This summer, how are you getting to know Jesus? What intentional steps will you take? What is your plan for developing your relationship with Him over the longer term? How will you be transformed and trained for His kingdom purposes through knowing, following and serving Him? How will your relationship with Him grow deeper? How will you invite the Holy Spirit’s power into your life? How will you transform the world through serving Jesus, bringing His kingdom in a greater way to people, places and problems of our broken world? What aspect of kingdom life needs to increase in your life … what training is needed?
Growth in your relationship with Jesus will not happen without intentionality. Jesus is waiting for your fellowship. What steps will you take? Who will be your partner, talking with you about the kingdom life, being in the Word with you and hold you accountable, gently asking you from time to time about your life with Jesus? Here are some questions for your consideration:
- How will you increase the role of the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures in your life? What steps will you take?
- How will you increase your prayer life … conversation with the living God … talking and listening? What other intentional practices are needed for the purpose of transforming who you are according to Jesus’ standards and ways?
- How can the rule and reign of Jesus be increased in your life? What needs to happen?
- What perks your interest on the “Equipping Tracks” (Click here for an outline with this title developed by Lutheran pastor, Rev. Peter Churness for his church, One Hope Church.)? Note: If you are not in the Holy Scriptures on an almost daily basis or don’t regularly pray about all aspects of your life, focus on these priorities first! If you choose something from the “Equipping Tracks,” make sure to partner with someone else who will challenge you to grow and gently hold you accountable for intentional steps you desire to incorporate into your life.
- Are you interested in any of the following? Let the pastors know of your interest.
- Training: Anointing with Oil and Praying for People
- Discerning Your Kingdom Call for this season in your life
Take some time to pray, reflect and think about these questions. Intentionality is needed or nothing will happen and you will swept away into lesser things by the busyness of life. To help in exploring, reflecting and praying about these questions, read this article on our website by clicking here.
May 28, 2015
Hope Lutheran Church is proud to part of both the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). The latest edition of the NALC News can be found by clicking here.
May 28, 2015
April 30, 2015
Hopefully soon, Hope Lutheran Church is looking to plant two or more house churches in the surrounding communities.
On March 27 and March 28, we hosted Lutheran pastors, Rev. Tom Hilpert and Rev. Peter Churness to train our house church leaders. These Lutheran pastors are the leaders of a non-profit teaching ministry, Life Together Churches that has been overseeing, training and developing house churches for over 25 years. They will also provide ongoing coaching. We have received a grant from the North American Lutheran Church to assist with training and start-up costs. The training event was a rich time of learning, fellowship and worship.
The house churches are going to be led by current members of Hope Lutheran who have a desire to regularly and intentionally worship and grow in Jesus in a house church setting. Each of these leaders has expressed excitement around gathering people in a house church setting who currently are not connected or marginally connected with a church gathering. Following the training event, they are currently praying about the timing of when they will start, and also who they will invite.
Last November, several people from Hope attended the Mission and House Church Planting Conference led by North American Lutheran Church Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba. The North American Lutheran Church is raising a vision for the planting of house churches. The North American Lutheran Church is hoping to partner in an ongoing way with Life Together Churches, a ministry dedicated to supporting and resourcing house churches. Life Together Churches works closely with both Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Both NALC and LCMC are advocating the planting of churches, including house churches.