Partners In The Gospel!
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5
When Paul refers to his ‘partners’ in Philippi, he uses the Greek word koinōnia. This word is sometimes translated fellowship, joining together, and, of course, partnership. It is always used with a sense of a shared relationship. Partnership is a great word when referring to our shared work between congregations, church workers and the Synod. This partnership may be two or more neighboring congregations being served by one pastor. It could be circuit congregations joining together to fund a missionary, either locally or internationally. The Lutheran day schools in Iowa District West are all supported through partnerships in one way or another. Simply put, congregations can accomplish more through ministry partnerships than they can own their own.
Iowa District West is committed to cultivating healthy ministry partnerships. We support and encourage collaboration in a way that strengthens the overall ministries in our communities.
Always in Grace,
Pastor Steve Turner, President