Where in Jesus’ Name are We Going?

Brothers and sisters in Christ of Good Shepherd,

It’s an exciting time to be part of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church! In October, November, and December we are being invited by our Transformational Ministry Leadership Team and Church Council to gather for The Shepherd’s Table. You might be asking, what is The Shepherd’s Table? Well…The Shepherd’s Table is part of a year-long transformation and renewal process at Good Shepherd. This process has also included a Congregational Vitality Survey, One-to-One conversations, a congregation-wide Bible study, and now The Shepherd’s Table events.

The three Shepherd’s Table events are opportunities to gather as many Good Shepherd members as possible at a table for a meal and a time of prayer, Bible study and dreaming about the future of our congregation. It will be a spirit-filled time exploring what God is calling Good Shepherd to live out in future ministry and mission together.

In November we will ask the question – “Where in Jesus’ name are we going?” Together, we will dig a little deeper into Good Shepherd’s God-given gifts and resources that have been lifted up previously and focus attention on the community outside the church’s walls. How does the community outside of Good Shepherd perceive us? How can we serve those who are not members of our congregation? How can Good Shepherd integrate more fully into the needs of our community? How can Good Shepherd serve alongside other ministries, agencies, and churches in western North Dakota?

Please join us at The Shepherd’s Table, II on November 14 & 15. RSVP to the church office at 255-1001 or goodshepherd@goodshepherdbismarck.com.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Craig


About Bishop Craig Schweitzer

The Rev. Craig Schweitzer, of Bismarck, was elected as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod on July 17, 2020, in the first-ever digital Synod Assembly. A historic event, Schweitzer is the first bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to be elected in an online assembly. Bishop Craig Schweitzer began serving the Western North Dakota Synod-ELCA on September 1, 2020. He has always seen himself as an easy-going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in his life and the world in which he lives and serves. Prior to service in the Office of Bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod, Bishop Craig served at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND as Music and Worship Minister (lay staff from 2002-2010), Associate Pastor (2010-2014), and Senior Pastor (2014-2020). Beyond his service in the church, he has an eclectic background that is a diverse collection of musical, educational, and business experiences ranging from live concert production and promotion to recording studios and live performance to music education. Throughout all of his professional and personal experiences, the Apostle Paul’s words to the church in Rome have been a guiding light that has kept him grounded in whatever work God was calling him into – “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7) Bishop Craig is a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership. He also holds a certificate degree in Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on September 16, 2010. Outside of his life as Bishop, Bishop Craig enjoys reading, all music, a little golf, a cold beverage with friends, and intentional times of quiet. And, of course, spending time with his wife Wendy and their adult twin daughters Ilia and Taegan. View all posts by Bishop Craig Schweitzer

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