Reaching out to neighbors in urban and rural contexts
Saturday, January 15, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
All pastors, commissioned church workers, and lay leaders are invited to our next ethnic ministry discussion of the challenges and opportunities of ethnic and intercultural ministry. It will be in the format of a webinar with guest speaker Rev. Steve Schave.
The Rev. Steve Schave is currently serving as the Executive Director of LAMP Ministry, a cross cultural ministry serving the indigenous communities in remote areas of Northern Canada. Prior to this, he was named the director of LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission in January 2014 and then also director of LCMS Church Planting in January 2015. Schave is a second-career pastor, a former business executive, with a decade of experience in entrepreneurship, business systems and executive leadership. His church work began in church planting with a focus on outreach through human care and then church revitalization with a focus on neighborhood renewal in the inner city. Previously, he served as the regional vice-president in the Southwest region of the LCMS Ohio District, and was third vice-president of the presidium. He also served on the board of directors for Lutheran Housing Support for several years. Schave has years of experience in connecting Word and Sacrament ministry with engaging communities. He founded the MissionField: USA initiative, that was adopted in the LCMS national convention, in an effort to plant new cross-cultural ministries, working through districts to send national missionaries that he supervised. He also developed the national Save Our Cities Fund, Big City Mission School Program, The Hero Academy, Urban & Inner-City Webinar series, and Denarius Social Enterprise learning modules. He received his DMin at Concordia Theological Seminary – Ft Wayne with a dissertation that focused on church planting resources for the synod based on a witness, mercy, life together framework for doing missions.
We have the privilege and joy of participating in Christ’s commission to make disciples of all nations. We have a lot to learn from each other and to gain from our prayerful partnership in the Gospel.
You are also asked to invite those you know who serve or assist in ethnic ministry in our district.