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Dear Members and Friends of Trinity,

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor executed by the Nazis for his resistance to Hitler. In what is probably his most well-known book, The Cost of Discipleship, he said: “Christianity without discipleship is Christianity without Christ.” That was a powerful indictment against the Church of his day.  It’s an indictment that may hit close to home in much of American Christianity.

The discipleship initiative of the North American Lutheran Church is about intentionally making discipleship part of the DNA of congregational culture.  Discipleship is simply the way we “do” ministry.  It is the focus of the preaching, teaching, catechesis, worship, and fellowship of congregational life. 

The word disciple means “student.” A disciple is a lifelong student (from baptism to the grave) of Jesus Christ. As students we continue to intentionally seek to grow, mature, and deepen our relationship with God through Christ, and with other disciples. 

Let me encourage you to take a couple hours out of your busy schedules and plan to join us on Wednesday evenings for The Essentials of Discipleship, a congregation-wide, intergenerational time of fellowship, learning, discussion, and prayer.

Beginning on Wednesday, September 13, with a meal at 5:15 p.m., for those who can join us, followed by a teaching on discipleship at 6:00, small group discussion from 6:00 - 7:00, with a closing prayer at 7:00. We’ll conclude around 7:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome, but please make sure to fill out a registration form so that we know how to prepare.

Pastor Eric Riesen