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Where Do We Go Now?. Session One East Side Lutheran Church Pastor Lon Kvanli. Welcome. Prayer Names Thank you!. Session Goals. A brief look at our ‘story’ and God’s story Our history and culture What do we value most? Close on time — 7:45pm.

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where do we go now

Where Do We Go Now?

Session One

East Side Lutheran Church

Pastor Lon Kvanli

welcome
Welcome
  • Prayer
  • Names
  • Thank you!
session goals
Session Goals
  • A brief look at our ‘story’ and God’s story
  • Our history and culture
  • What do we value most?
  • Close on time — 7:45pm
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There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. Louis L’Amour

our story
Our Story
  • Tell me the story of East Side…
  • …in two sentences.
god s story
God’s Story
  • What are some Bible stories or verses that are…
    • Important to East Side, or
    • Tell the story of East Side.
  • Why and how are these important?
east side s history
East Side’s History
  • Founded in 1919
  • Sunday School in the 1930’s included 400+ children (60% from unchurched homes)
  • 1950 — Present Sanctuary dedicated.
cultural realities
Cultural Realities
  • To what ‘cultural realities’ did ESLC respond when it was started?
  • To what current ‘cultural realities must we respond to do vital ministry today?
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In 1900, there were 27 churches for every 10,000 of us. Now there are 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans. How many will exist in 20 years?

who preached the sermon on the mount
Who preachedthe Sermon on the Mount?
  • Less than half of people said, “Jesus.”
  • Coming in a close second was…
  • Billy Graham! Source: Barna
the gospel of thomas
The Gospel of Thomas
  • More than half of people surveyed said the Gospel of Thomas is in the New Testament.
  • 15% said they were reading it last week! Source: Barna
what is our business
What is our Business?
  • Fellowship?
  • Social Action/Social Service?
  • Historic Preservation?
  • Landlord/Investment?
  • Calling/growing disciples?
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PROBLEMOur choices are NOT between what is good and what is bad. The problem is choosing between what is good and what is best.
what is the business of the church
What is the‘business’ of the Church?
  • What did Jesus tell us to do?
  • “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19
who else is going to make disciples
Who elseis going to make disciples?
  • Wells Fargo?
  • Citibank?
  • Gateway?
  • Lodgenet?
in closing
In closing…
  • Thank you!
  • Sign up for email summaries.
  • Keep praying
  • Closing prayer
where do we go now1

Where Do We Go Now?

Session Two

East Side Lutheran Church

Pastor Lon Kvanli

welcome1
Welcome
  • Prayer
  • Names
  • Thank you!
agenda
Agenda
  • Our story in stories
  • Our story & the Bible
  • Close at 7:45pm
each tell me a story
Each tell me a story…
  • Of something good that happened in/through East Side.
  • Of something not-so-good that happened.
our story in 2 sentences
Our Story in 2 Sentences…

East Side was a mission congregation started by women at Cliff Avenue and Austin, and moved to its second site in 1950. The congregation has had three major building programs.

bible stories for east side
Bible Storiesfor East Side
  • Laborers in the Vineyard (Matt 20)
  • Prodigal Son (Luke 15)
  • “Let the little children come…” (Matthew 19:13-16)
  • Woman at the Well (John 4)
laborers in the vineyard
Laborers In the Vineyard
  • What do you like in this parable?
  • What bothers you?
  • Does the parable connect in anyway with our history?
  • What does it say about how the church should operate?
laborers in the vineyard1
Laborers In the Vineyard
  • Why/How does this text apply to East Side?
  • What might God be saying to us through this text?
  • In this text, is God saying something about our future mission?
prodigal son
Prodigal Son
  • What do you like in this parable?
  • What bothers you?
  • Does the parable connect in anyway with our history?
  • What does it say about how the church should operate?
prodigal son1
Prodigal Son
  • Why/How does this text apply to East Side?
  • What might God be saying to us through this text?
  • In this text, is God saying something about our future mission?
let the little children
“Let the Little Children…”
  • What do you like in this text?
  • What bothers you?
  • Does the text connect in anyway with our history?
  • What does it say about how the church should operate?
let the little children1
“Let the Little Children…”
  • Why/How does this text apply to East Side?
  • What might God be saying to us through this text?
  • In this text, is God saying something about our future mission?
woman at the well
Woman at the Well
  • What do you like in this text?
  • What bothers you?
  • Does the story connect in anyway with East Side’s story?
  • What does it say about how the church should operate?
woman at the well1
Woman at the Well
  • Why/How does this text apply to East Side?
  • What might God be saying to us through this text?
  • In this text, is God saying something about our future mission?
pulling it together
Pulling it together…
  • Having considered the biblical texts, what do they say about our God-given mission?
  • Have we ‘arrived’ yet as a congregation?
what s the connection between these bible texts and our church s values
What’s the connection between these Bible textsand our church’s Values?
  • Worship (including Preaching & Music)
  • Learning (for Children & Adults)
  • Being Lutheran
  • Outreach
in closing1
In closing…
  • Thank you!
  • Sign up for email summaries.
  • Keep praying
  • Closing prayer
where do we go now2

Where Do We Go Now?

Session Three

East Side Lutheran Church

Pastor Lon Kvanli

welcome2
Welcome
  • Prayer
  • Names
  • Thank you!
agenda1
Agenda
  • Our current situation
  • What is God doing here?
  • What is our God-given mission in this time & place?
our situation 1
Our Situation - 1
  • We have expanded and remodeled building to 47,000SF.
  • 20 class rooms
  • 4200SF - future expansion
  • In a growing city
our situation 2
Our Situation - 2
  • Location — 35,000 cars a day pass by our church.
  • Revitalization along 10th St
  • We have high visibility.
  • Average attendance is up.
  • Other ____________
10 year growth trend
10-Year Growth Trend
  • Sioux Falls has grown by over 20%
  • ECLA membership in Sioux Falls has grown 6.8%
  • Our ‘market share’ has fallen from nearly 20% to 17%
median age
Median Age
  • The median age of the county is 33.5
  • For the 57103 zip code it’s 34.4
  • East Side’s median age is 42.9 — similar to other ELCA congregations
census tract variances
Census Tract Variances
  • 16.4% Divorced. This is 50% higher than the Sioux Falls average. Twice that of S.D.
  • 90.5% (age 21-64) are employed.Higher than for Sioux Falls or S.D.
  • 49.6% of people 65+ are disabled.Higher than for Sioux Falls or S.D.
what is god doing here
What is God doing here?
  • In Sioux Falls?
  • In this neigh-borhood?
  • In East Side?
  • In your life?
remembering the parable of workers in the vineyard how do we take part in what god is doing
Remembering the Parable of Workers in the Vineyard,how do we take part in what God is doing?
  • Who are the ‘workers’ here?
  • Who is the master?
  • Who should we be like?
  • How?
east side s mission history
East Side’s Mission History
  • Our mission was to…
    • Norwegians
    • Blue Collar workers
    • Hearing impaired
    • Other __________
east side s mission future
East Side’s Mission Future?
  • Our mission is/will be to…
    • ________________
    • ________________
    • ________________
    • ________________
questions
Questions
  • What are the best strengths, qualities or features God has given this congregation?
  • How can we use these to reach people for Christ?
  • Why would some one join?
does god want us to build
Does God want us to build…
  • A better neighborhood?
  • Better relationships?
  • Better families?
  • A better you?
  • Better disciples?
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Some say the best churches in the coming years will be “part coffee bar, part nightclub, part monastery, part movie theater, part library, part playground.” SungHo Lee

risking it all
Risking It All
  • Is East Side a church willing to take risks for the sake of those who are not members yet (and may never be)?
  • Without risk there can be no possibility of success.
  • How will failure be treated?
  • What and how much are we willing to risk?
in closing2
In closing…
  • Thank you!
  • Sign up for email summaries.
  • Keep praying
  • Closing prayer