Rev. Kurt Lueneburg
Christian Giving Now and for the Future, Rev. Kurt Lueneburg and Adam Goede
God’s gifted people, motivated by Christ’s love, overflow in generous giving when we understand the different ways to offer gifts according to our abilities and interests. This presentation gives pastors and church leaders options and resources for helping WELS members with their regular, special, and legacy gifts. Topics will include biblical principles, how offerings are used for ministry, technology and vendors for weekly offerings, gifts of assets, planned gifts, and practical resources. There will also be time for group discussion and idea sharing. Rev. Kurt Lueneburg and Mr. Adam Goede have a combined 35 years of experience with WELS Ministry of Christian Giving (MCG).
Rev. Kurt Lueneburg
In fall 2005, after 21 years of serving congregations in Memphis, Tenn., and Cannon Falls, Minn., Kurt started serving as a WELS Christian giving counselor in the Minnesota and Nebraska districts. In January 2013 he began serving as WELS’ director of Christian Giving. As a counselor, Kurt greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet God’s gifted people, hear their faith stories, and nurture them in our Lord Jesus Christ. He felt it was a blessing to see the Spirit compel them to bring thank offerings to our Father who graciously gives all of us one blessing after another in Christ. Now as director he is privileged to encourage Christian giving through a team of Christian giving counselors and support staff, and to assist district presidents, circuit pastors, and Ministry of Christian Giving district chairmen as they help congregations grow their mission offerings. All to God’s glory and by his grace! Kurt and his wife, Susan Ann, live in Ixonia, Wis., and worship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, Wis.
Adam attended one of our synod’s ministerial education high schools, Luther Preparatory School, and received his bachelor of arts in communicative arts from Wisconsin Lutheran College. He was blessed to do an internship with WELS that led to a part-time job at Northwestern Publishing House while in college, and then to a position as supervisor in the Ministry of Christian Giving office in 2004. In the Christian Giving office his primary role is producing communications aimed at encouraging Christian giving. As he’s worked with Ministry of Christian Giving to encourage others with Scripture, he’s enjoyed his own spiritual growth—learning to trust in God for all things so that he can joyfully use his possessions to love others and share the good news of Jesus. He and his wife, Stephanie, have four children and live in Milwaukee, Wis. They attend St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wis.