The THRIVE Campaign: Equipping a vibrant church to be sent into the world.
Identify and equip fifteen lay leaders to enroll in the TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Leaders) or SAM (Synod Authorized Ministers) program to serve in contexts where the congregation is not able to fund a full-time rostered pastor but still has a desire for mission.
The growing reality in the Southern Ohio Synod is that we have congregations who want to thrive and share the Gospel but can no longer afford what we call full time ministry with a full-time pastor. We need to creatively move beyond our traditional thinking. How can we in the synod support thriving small congregational ministry?
“Serving as a pastor in the Muskingum Conference these last 15 years … I’ve witnessed our congregations struggle to keep pastors, and then struggle to figure out how to continue their mission and ministry without one. I’ve been an advocate for years to create new ways and methods that will enable and equip our lay members to practice the priesthood of all believers so they can continue in their mission efforts and remain relevant in their communities.”