The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Fishing with a net(work)

Congregation helps job-seekers make contacts

Perhaps it's only fitting that a congregation bearing the name St. Andrew is known for its fishing net. At least that's the metaphor Rod Anderson, a pastor of this Lutheran church in Eden Prairie, Minn., uses to describe the congregation's now-famous Job Transition Group.

"It's biblical — fishing with a net, fishing for a job. Every contact you make adds a knot to your net. It's better than using a line and bobber through a hole in the ice and just hoping a job swims by," says Anderson, the picture of energy and enthusiasm in his office surrounded by stacks of paper and symbols of faith that suggest both busyness and holiness. "We help people make a contact, then another contact, then another. We're sweeping with a net."

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