A Challenge to Recommit
Years ago, when I first became a pastor at Spring Garden, the congregation had undergone a time of consid[...]
The Rev. Lamont Koerner has submitted his resignation from his call as Assistant to the Bishop for Vital Congregations, Vital Partnerships. Lamont writes, “Bishop Lull, l begin this note with a simple and heartfelt ‘thank you.’ I remain grateful for your invitation to join you as part of the Saint Paul Area Synod staff. Being a member of the talented and caring staff you assembled has been a real gift for me. Moreover, I have truly found it to be a great privilege to serve the people and congregations of this synod over these past 14 months. However, in the spirit of attempting to steward as well as possible my own time and gifts, I have gradually become aware that there are areas of my life that are calling more deeply for my focus and attention. So with a full heart and a deep faith in the God who is with us now and always, I hereby submit my resignation from my current call, effective February 26, 2016.”
The Rev. Lamont Koerner began service as the Assistant to the Bishop for Vital Congregations, Vital Partnerships in October 2014. During his time as Assistant to the Bishop he has guided congregations through nearly two dozen call processes, led the synod’s work with interim pastors, helped congregations with tools for stewardship and conflict resolution, and been the liaison to Lutheran Advocacy – Minnesota and to our work with Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala. Lamont’s calm manner, deep love for global partnerships and commitment to his family have been models for all of us.
An open house to thank Lamont for his leadership with the synod will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 am in the Commons at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill (next door to the synod office). Please join us in the festivities as we say thank you to Lamont for his service with the synod.