Dear Brothers & Sisters of Trinity Lutheran Church & School,
Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus gave the Great Commission to his disciples. They had to go out and make disciples of all nations by baptizing and teaching all nations the good news of the gospel message. These words ring true today just as they did when Jesus originally spoke them.
We carry out this command from God in our individual lives, as we tell others about a Savior who came to die for them. We also carry out this command corporately as a church. For this reason churches call pastors to publicly preach, teach, and administer the sacraments on their behalf.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak with leaders and colleagues at both Trinity and St. Stephen’s. I thank everyone for their open and honest conversations. I have also approached God’s throne with many prayers for his guidance during this time of deliberation.
I have decided to return my call to Trinity to remain at St. Stephen’s. I will keep Trinity in my prayers as they continue to call for a shepherd and teacher in their midst. We take great comfort in knowing that God will guide you in this process. May God bless the ministry in Nicollet and Beaver Dam, as we carry out the Great Commission together in God’s name.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Seth P. Dorn