Members Ministry

Elaine Karel, Member Ministry Coordinator

. . . in Members Ministry

September 2018

It is soon time for our fall New Member Sessions. If you, or a friend or family member has been thinking about joining our faith family, I look forward to hearing from you. We will have 3 one- hour sessions talking about our church mission, our faith, and our opportunities to serve one another, and of course, some time for a light dinner and getting to know one another. 

So, how did you happen to come to Immanuel Lutheran? For me, it was a caring neighbor who asked me where I attended church. Then she invited me to go to church with her, sat with me in this unfamiliar place, invited me to coffee fellowship, and introduced me to others around the table. This neighbor has become a wonderful friend, a mentor. Jesus’ command was “Go, make disciples!” (Matthew 28:16). I have been truly blessed. 

If you are fortunate enough to have such a neighbor or friend, how wonderful is that!! If you have been attending church here, but haven’t made that kind of connection, talk to me (218-546-6010 or 612-309-0191) and I will help you find that special person God has waiting to be your friend and mentor. 

Now, to my church family in the pews, has God put a call on your heart to help someone become a part of our family? What is expected of someone as a mentor? First and foremost, be a friend. Invite your friend to activities in both your home and church. This is not just a Sunday thing. Be there to answer questions, encourage and above all pray for them as you and they grow in faith and God’s love. Next, make a commitment to be in regular contact …..for at least 6 months….preferably a year. Help them find their special place and gift of service (Romans 12:5-7.. so, we who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching, the exhorter in exhortation; the giver in generosity, the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness. Just as anyone can be a friend, anyone in Christ can mentor. We do not need to be spiritual giants, just be authentic in Christ and be willing to grow as one of His disciples. (remember, Jesus called fishermen & a tax collector.) 

As the Apostle Paul said, “so that I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. The God of peace be with all of you. Amen” (Romans 14:21-33).