Lutheran Week – Culture Shock

The NALC is committed to the renewal of all our congregations, working to develop and deliver resources that challenge and open the NALC to the work of the Holy Spirit in our ministry and mission.  During Lutheran Week in Denver, the Mission Festival is designed to inspire and serve as a resource to congregations. This includes specific “break out” sessions on a variety of topics.  One of the most requested topics by NALC Leaders is “Culture Shock.”

As Pastor Trina Petersen is frequently asked to speak on this particular challenge, she has encountered a large number of leaders that discuss their struggles sharing: “People don’t just come to church anymore, and I don’t know what to do.” We hear that Sunday mornings are no longer a “sacred” time, as so many teams or music competitions schedule mandatory time for students.  We also hear leaders ask: “How do I get people to show up or to think that faith is important?”

“Your mission, should you choose/decide to accept it…..” You have chosen to accept the Great Commission. Now, you need to know how to fulfill it. This is a key component to combatting “culture shock.”  Do you have a clear vision? Do you know where you’re going? Do you have a mission? Do you know how you get there? Sharpening your vision and defining your mission requires strategic planning and preparation. Your plan may be good, but God’s plan is better.  A God plan is a “now” plan that requires “now” faith! Need help finding your way? Looking for hands-on tools to help prepare your team? If you are ready to embark on a fabulous adventure in trusting Him, this is the place for you!


Trina M. Petersen is founding pastor of A New Thing Christian Church, Lithonia, GA, a ministry entrusted to her by God, focused on the deliverance, healing and wholeness of His people. Pastor Trina was baptized as an infant, confirmed as a teenager and served as an adult in the Lutheran Church prior to becoming an ordained pastor in the NALC.  She also serves as the leader of the NALC’s New Starts Team.  Most recently publishing the book “Irresistible” and the children’s book: “The Adventures of Clayoton,” as well as being a certified coach of the John Maxwell Team. Being Kingdom minded, Pastor Petersen serves in the position of pastor, operates with an apostolic anointing, and speaks in a prophetic voice as she helps the people of God heal from their pasts, live in the now, and walk in the power and authority given to them by God!


 For more information about schedules, hotel information, or to register today for Lutheran Week – please visit:  2018 Lutheran Week.  For additional information about other breakouts and presenters, please visit:  2018 Mission Festival.

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