The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Called, Equipped, Sent'

In Denver, Lutheran men gather for God

By the time ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson neared the apogee of his Sunday sermon at the July 22-24 Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering, there was no question about who was sending the 400 men at the Denver Marriott Tech Center into the world well-equipped for lasting discipleship. Jesus, of course.

Jesus' post-resurrection address (Matthew 28:18-20) isn't called "The Great Commission" for nothing, Hanson said, and it's high time men step up and use their gifts for good — no excuses. The ragtag band Jesus entrusted with the future of Christianity was less than perfect: "men who had run away from him, doubted him and left him to die on the cross. If Jesus had faith to send them out into the world, he has faith in you," he said.

The triennial gathering's theme, "Called, Equipped, Sent," allowed Lutheran Men in Mission staff and hosts from the Rocky Mountain Synod to organize the event into three inspirational, forward-thinking parts.

Participants at the Lutheran Men in
Participants at the Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering in Denver scale a rock climbing wall.

"Ninety percent of all Christian men are leading lukewarm lives, and they hate it," speaker Pat Morley, CEO of Man in the Mirror ministries, told participants. "Most men know only enough about God to be disappointed in him. The vast majority of churches are failing men, and men's ministries are failing young men."

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