Profile: Lord of Life Lutheran, Depew, N.Y.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located in Depew, N.Y. It's one of nine congregations participating in the Faith and Daily Life Project within Luther Seminary's Vibrant Congregations Project grant.
According to the congregation's profile, Lord of Life is a congregation of 350 people, drawing mostly from the southern suburbs around Buffalo, N.Y. "Our character is based on values such as hospitality, caring, and mission to the world. Lord of Life members see the congregation as a family."
Here's an excerpt from their profile:
F. Paths of Engagement
Path #1: Grow as a storied community
Focus on growing as a storied community that shares stories of Christian life and service as vocation.
Path #2: Preach vocation
Utilize sermons as important opportunities to express vocation as part of our DNA.
Path #3: Strengthen discipleship
Expand Lord of Life’s strong missional identity with vocation, so that members grow to understand they are not just “good guys’” but are called as disciples to serve others as a way of life, “doing God’s love in the world.”
Path #4: Reach out in new ways
Continue focusing on ways to bring postmodern people to church through understanding vocation as a personal relationship with our Lord and service to others. More spontaneous and creative thinking is needed here, such as doing spontaneous worship in settings other than churches.
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