Monday, April 29, 2013

Habemus Episcopum! We have a Bishop!

I am a pastor in the Western Iowa Synod of the ELCA, and this past weekend, our Synod Assembly was held.  Our current Bishop, Michael Last, has finished his terms in office, so the Assembly elected one of my Sioux City colleagues to be the new Bishop, Rodger Prois.  I have known Bishop-Elect Prois for several years, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new role.

In Lutheran churches, many times the office of Bishop has unfortunately been reduced to that of an administrator.  It is my hope that we allow Bishop-Elect Prois to be what a Bishop should be - a teaching theologian, a pastor to the pastors, and a catalyst for evangelism and the proclamation of the Gospel. 

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