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Teaching and Learning as a Value

March 30th, 2010 by Beth A. Lewis

One of the ways that we try to serve congregational leaders is by providing free educational opportunities to assist in developing skills that improve the faith formation and worship in congregations. We do this through a variety of means including free webinars that are open to the public, attractively priced small group leader DVD’s to learn how best to facilitate and lead Bible study groups, faith formation and music clinics around the USA, and leader resources that provide excellent, practical tips and techniques for new or experienced leaders.

You may know about one or more of those examples of our partnership with congregational leaders.

But, one that you may not know about is our partnership with Resource Center Directors both for the ELCA and our ecumenical partners. For several years, Augsburg Fortress has hosted monthly free one-hour conference calls or webinars for these fine leaders who, in turn, reach out in support of pastors, CE directors, music teachers, worship directors, and many others in congregations.

One of those webinars was held this morning to discuss the challenges and joys of assisting congregations increase Biblical literacy among children, youth and adults. As you might imagine, I was delighted to see this note posted on the ELCA Resource Center Directors’ listserv by Julie Aageson, Resource Center Director for the ELCA’s Eastern North Dakota Synod shortly after the webinar ended:

“THANKS to all of you who were able to participate in today’s call/webinar, “Biblical Literacy for All Ages.” Chad King’s presentation and conversation about ways to build biblical literacy was excellent. The PowerPoint will be posted on the ALRC website at Today’s topic and presentation are great examples of the role of teaching both in our resource centers and as a church and publishing house. We all strive to be centers for learning and we’re grateful to AFP and Chad King for modeling this so well.”

Thank you Julie, for your gracious acknowledgement of our long-standing partnership and Chad’s excellent presentation! And, thank you, Chad (AF’s Congregational Market Manager) for teaching so clearly and for representing Augsburg Fortress so well to this important group of constituents and partners in ministry.


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Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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