In 15 years of music and ministry, working intimately with churches and Pastors in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and over 10 years of walking with 18-25 years olds, God put on my heart a desire to better understand and communicate the importance and impact of public and private worship.  Accessible Worship is an invitation to consider what it means to make the Peace, Hope and Joy, that only comes from the biblical understanding, of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - ACCESSIBLE to the people that we serve.  If we as, "the church", invite people to an hour of time out of their day, we should understand why.  In this time in American history, we have an opportunity to better articulate the value and importance of public worship and more importantly, Jesus Christ.

This story begins with a heartbreak that I have heard many times from many people, both Pastors and the people in the pews.  Within the reality of different worship styles and the arguments that are used to often tear each other done, I would like us to see worship "language" through the reality of what communication actually is.  My hope is that these articles and videos will help give us a foundation for a more constructive conversation about the importance and practicality of public worship and the immense variety we have at our disposal to share and respond to the Gospel in the world that we live in.  

I am still a learner myself and I share this knowing that I am still growing and I pray that it would be a perspective that would challenge and grow you as well.  Thank you for reading and sharing.  To God be the Glory!

The following videos were produced to give a bit of a more conversational start to this.  For some additional discussion and topics, please check out the Accessible Worship Blog Posts.


 









 

Events

Mar2

LWMS Event @ St. Paul's Lake Mills

St. Paul's Lake Mills, 1530 South Main Street, Lake Mills

Mike will be sharing with the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society about encouraging and walking with young adults:

HOPE AND THE BROKEN ROAD - UNDERSTANDING THE JOURNEY OF EMERGING ADULTS In our church body, much of our history has been spent creating a path for spiritual growth from cradle to grave and yet it seems that we struggle to keep teens and young adults connected to that narrow road. About every 15-20 years, a new group of people is given a label that tends to stereotype an entire generation. Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z - you get the point. As many books and articles are written about these emerging cultures, not enough attention is paid to the unique realities that young people face in the 18-25 time of life. In this session we take a harder look at what some call the "University Moment" and the challenges to identity, intimacy and freedom and why walking WITH them through their doubts, questions, arrogance and pride as older adults is so important.

Apr23

WELS Staff Ministers Conference

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Martin Luther College, 1995 Luther Ct, New Ulm

Mike will be leading a couple plenary sessions regarding the challenges facing young adults and lessons they have shared with us on walking with them. Keeping and promoting a growing relationship with Jesus at the forefront of the college years.

May5

Kingdom Workers Worship

Private Event

Mike will lead a devotion and worship for the Kingdom Workers annual staff retreat. Mike is available to help with special events, just email us if you have an interest.

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