Prof. E. Allen Sorum
Force-Multiplied Lutheran Leadership, Prof. E. Allen Sorum and Chuck Ulland
Though enjoying many new and exciting mission opportunities, our church body is facing a shortage of pastors and teachers. This current reality does not require us to lower our expectations in terms of our congregations’ outreach.
The leadership of Christ Lutheran Church in Big Bend has expanded their outreach efforts by drawing on distinctively Lutheran concepts. By training and challenging the church’s membership, the congregation is enjoying a “force-multiplied” ministry. Think of “force-multiplied” as 1 + 1 = 10. This breakout session will provide participants with the opportunity to assess their stewardship of the ministry of the Church.
The ministry of the Church is the public preaching of the gospel. We will discuss how the current shortage of pastoral leadership allows for the development and platforming of lay leadership in a way that directly expands efforts to share the gospel. Mr. Chuck Ulland and Prof. E. Allen Sorum will provide illustrations and applications of a force multiplied ministry model for participants to consider.
If your congregation wants to expand your ministry efforts, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to expand the number of called workers at your church. Force-multiplied Lutheran leadership is a model any congregation can utilize.
Prof. E. Allen Sorum
E. Allen Sorum graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1983. He served as pastor of Garden Homes Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wis. for twenty-one years. For the last eighteen years, Sorum has served on the Pastoral Studies Institute and as a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Sorum earned the STM from our seminary (1995) and a DMin in Urban Missions from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa. (1996). Leadership development has been an important pursuit and concern for all of Sorum’s ministry. Sorum is also serving as a part-time outreach pastor at his home congregation, Christ Lutheran in Big Bend, Wis.
Chuck Ulland is a small business owner with thirty plus years of business management experience. Chuck has a BS from Minnesota State University (1985) and Executive MBA from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (1998). Chuck serves with many other Christ Lutheran leaders on the church and school’s harvest strategy. In a ten-month span, the Lord blessed that strategy with sixteen adult confirmations and sixteen baptisms. Chuck is married to Jodi. Both are actively involved with community canvassing, special event volunteering, and teaching Christ’s Adult Bible Information Class. This BIC is a presentation of Luther’s Small Catechism. Chuck serves on church council, and Jodi volunteers as the administrator for the church database.