Larry & Elizabeth Strenge
+Pastor Larry Strenge, Director for Evangelical Mission
On January 12, 2019 I informed our synod council that, after prayerful discernment, in June 2019 I am planning to conclude my call as our SW MN Synod's Director for Evangelical Mission (D.E.M.). I have been honored to serve our Lord in this synod since 1988, the last 10 years, since June 2009, as the D.E.M. It's now time to enter other "callings," ones that I am naming as "
For now, I am grateful. I am grateful to have served here in our synod all of my years as an ordained person (Nov 1987). Especially I've enjoyed these last ten alongside Bishop Jon, his staff, and the many people who the Spirit has invited me to walk alongside in this calling, both ordained and lay leaders, who serve our governance, congregations, and organizations in leadership, discipleship and pastoral callings.
Thanks be to God for you! I have learned a lot! And I look forward to our final months together to witness the ways the Spirit is leading into this next chapter for me, for you, and for us as the Body of Christ together in God's world. I will daily keep this all in by "GPF (Gratitude. Prayer. Fitness) time!"
fire-ment?" It sings more to me than "re-
tire-ment" for what I believe (and pray!) is ahead!
In this "
re-fire-ment" calling there will be aspects of "
re-tire-ment." I plan to, and am taking action to, live into and grow areas that continue to utilize the gifts and interests the Spirit keeps cultivating in me, what I include below as "part-time callings."
Mostly I want to continue to grow and live into those vital "full-time callings" God has provided. Those include, but are not limited to--child of God (+), spouse, father, grandparent, sibling, son, citizen, and friend. Those name a few but not all our "daily bread" callings, ones that never wear out or stop growing!
First, I look forward to spending more time with my best friend and wife of 38+ years, Pastor Elizabeth Strenge. Elizabeth has served our Lord as pastor through Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN, for 25 years! She recently announced her June 2019 retirement plans. Elizabeth and I plan to travel, grow in our marriage, be more available as grandparents, as well as enjoy our riverside home in the Sartell area.