Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Buena Park, Calif
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Buena Park, Calif., is one of eight congregations participating in the Biblical Preaching Project within Luther Seminary's Vibrant Congregations Project grant.
According to the congregation's profile, Good Shepherd has a wide demographic within the congregation.
Here's an excerpt from their profile:
Challenge #3: Develop personal story within sermons
Personal story seems to resonate with many in the congregation. Paying attention to story and using story to help people relate to the biblical message requires deep preparation, practice, and reducing the reliance on notes while preaching. Developing personal story as a means of sharing ones faith is also difficult and this has not been a valued skill nurtured over the history of the church.