To Pastors, Lay Leaders and all the baptized of the Central States Synod:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As I come to the end of my 12 years as bishop of the Central States Synod I write one last time in order to express my gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the honor and privilege of serving in this office. It has been a great joy and blessing to have served in this ministry of oversight. I was always welcomed in your midst, whether in large congregational meetings, smaller gatherings of Church Councils, or in the homes of individual members. I was honored to stand before you to proclaim the Good News of God and to preside at Holy Communion. Most importantly, the Risen Christ was always there in our midst with gifts of grace, mercy and peace.
I could not have done this work alone and was blessed with an outstanding staff, colleagues with their own gifts and expertise who brought a love for Christ and Christ’s Church. You need to know that we worked very closely with one another throughout these years, supporting one another in the one ministry to which we were called. I am grateful for their commitment, sacrifice and care for the people of this synod and their support of me in my ministry.
As has already been communicated to you Sandy Van Tuyl, Dawne Bockelman, and Dan Glamann will continue on the staff of Bishop Roger Gustafson. Pastors John Kreidler and Len Dale also will continue to serve as the new bishop puts his staff in place. Pastor Janice Kibler and I end our service to the synod on August 31. READ MORE
From Pastor Janice Kibler, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership — August 27, 2013
It is with a heart of gratitude that I reflect on my 11 years of ministry with you. I smile when I consider all of the relationships that have touched my life. Over these years I have been privileged to usher 60 new rostered leaders from assignment to the Central States through the first years of ministry. I have partnered with our very capable Call Process Ministers in shepherding the call process in our congregations more than 100 times. I have celebrated with the candidacy committee as we have walked with 50 candidates through the process from entrance to approval. And I have met with Church Councils, preached and shared the Eucharist with numerous congregations, often coupled with conversations about the joys and challenges of ministry in their unique context. The relationships we share have both lifted and challenged me, and I can readily identify how God has been active in our work together. READ MORE