The Week That Was

It’s been a remarkable week, but I’m glad to be on my way home (Due to plane and weather issues, I didn’t make it all the way home). What I’d like to offer tonight is a little synopsis of the past week that was in my life and ministry. May something here bless your journey, because you know what…Jesus loves you!
20130719-235537.jpgHere’s a summary of this week

1. 2 days with Suzanne Stabile from Life in the Trinity Ministries learning a whole lot about the Enneagram. Suzanne is one of the leading teachers on the Enneagram. After spending the week with her, I think she is THE leading teacher in the US on this subject. I am blessed to have had this time with her, to learn from her, and am forever thankful to call her a sister in Christ.

2.A day and a half with Tony Jones. Tony is someone who deeply loves the church, but isn’t afraid to throw a hand grenade in the middle to stir up the status quo. His passion is to challenge the church to think differently about herself then she did in 1954 and to celebrate the many ways that God is alive and active in the midst of 2013. Needless to say, I was challenged by him. And I’m thankful that I was. The Texas heat has nothing on the heat Tony Jones brings to the church!

3. A day and a half with Brian McLaren. Brian has had a significant impact on my faith journey for many years. To be able to “sit at his feet” and walk through the book of Acts together was a significantly holy time for me. Brian is a glorious gift to the church who believes very deeply that the good news of the gospel of our savior Jesus Christ is for all of God’s children. His grace filled challenge to us pastors was to not be afraid to proclaim and live the out the truth of God’s love in every way possible in our congregations.

A few take always from the week –

1. Silence is a good and holy thing and one of the most significant disciplines that children of God can seek to enter into regularly.

2. Every so often, in the midst of our silence, it’s OK to stir things up In order to affirm that we are truly focused on God’s presence in our lives and God’s work in the world.

3. And finally, all of us are called as followers of Jesus to constantly ask the question, “Who is outside?” I think this may be the most challenging question we face and one that the church needs to continually ask just as it has been asking since the first followers of the risen Jesus did so long ago. By asking this question, we too will quickly discover that nobody is outside of the loving embrace of God.

About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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