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Something Sacred Happened this Weekend
28th Jul


Something Sacred Happened this Weekend

I had the privilege to see Linda’s expertise at work in my congregation. I was a new pastor and I realized that we, as a congregation, needed some professional help in looking at what gifts people have for ministry. Linda introduced us to Gift Based Ministry in an interactive and fun way.  One of the participants wrote in our Newsletter, “Something sacred happened this weekend; we talked with each other like never before, we learned new things about friends we thought we knew very well; but most of all we discovered that we have even more God-given gifts that we could put to good use for work in the Kingdom of God.”

Due to the success of this workshop, the HLC Council invited Linda back for a Council Retreat. We were preparing for our 90th Anniversary and we needed a facilitator to help us review our rich history and discern the will of God for us in the future. Through engaging Bible studies, participatory inter-generational exercises and deep conversations we were led in a process that helped the Council members see what ministries we needed to close, what ministries we could begin and how we could grow.

The Council is still using the insights from our retreat to continue the discernment process with the entire congregation. Our leadership appreciated Linda’s warm, non-anxious and non judgmental presence. She puts people at ease so they can focus on the task at hand.

Pastor Liliana Stahlberg
Highlands Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

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