The ELCA’s larger population of second-career pastors has an impact on the spiritual and financial health of ELCA congregations.
Consider Mark E. Narum. He didn’t take a traditional path to ministry. Instead of entering seminary in his 20s, Narum spent 15 years climbing the ranks in the TV news industry. He’d considered ministry after high school. But he didn’t hear a strong call until he was already married, had three kids and had made a comfortable income as a news director.
|Videographer Brad Dixon (left) films Mark Narum, pastor of Prairie Lutheran Parish in North Dakota, for a regular TV news segment. As a second-career pastor, Narum uses his lay ministry experience to lead the congregations he serves. |
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