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November 2020 Newsletter

Moses Exemplars: A Stellar Cast of Experts

Director, Dr. Trisha Wheelock

Dr. Tod Bolsinger and Rev. Dr. Leah Schade served as our September and October exemplars. Tod’s session focused on transformation and adaptation. We considered ways to serve whole heartedly, lead creatively, and emphasized the importance of resilience.

Leah’s session centered on strategies for prophetic preaching. We explored connotations and implications of being “political,” creating opportunities to discuss hard topics with diverse congregation members, and why preaching in the purple zone helps us meet our community where they are.

Both Tod and Leah wrote exclusive articles for The Moses Project. You can see their writings on our blog.

Looking Ahead: 


Rev. Bob Bekkerus will serve as our November exemplar. The topic is Church Plus: The Importance of Outreach. We’re reading Divergent Church by Tim Shapiro and Dr. Mark Mattes’ article, “Divergent Church: A Lutheran/Rural Response.” Rev. Bekkerus is Senior Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in West Moines, Iowa and a huge Minnesota fan. Check out his bio here.

In December, Rev. Margaret Yackel-Juleen will help us reflect on satisfaction in our current ministry setting and create a personal vision statement and sustainability plan. We will watch "Won't You Be My Neighbor," a documentary about Mr. Rogers. Yackel-Juleen serves a four point parish in Northeast Iowa and is the co-founder of Shalom Hill Farm, a rural education and retreat center north of Windom, Minnesota. Check out her bio here

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