Holy Cross Lutheran Church in North Canton, Ohio is having an iNeighborhood workshop on January 20, 2018.

My name is Emil Gretarsson and I am the new Associate Pastor at Holy Cross in North Canton. My primary role, outside of general "pastor stuff" is to help encourage, equip and support our congregation in reaching the lost where they live, work and play. As you probably know, today's culture makes this rather difficult!

The role of Christians and their congregations in the community has changed. The general receptiveness of people to conversations about faith is not what it once was. Increasingly large numbers of people consider themselves "unaffiliated." When we look at our pews on Sunday morning, it seems like an entire generation is missing. Like many of you, I've often found myself frustrated, confused and afraid of the impact of this trend.

But, a few years ago, I came across something that seemed to piece together some answers. It's called iNeighborhood. It's not a program. It's not a series of events to draw people into a building. It's a lifestyle that, hopefully, by the power of the Holy Spirit, draws people into a saving relationship with Jesus. It takes what we see in the Bible and puts it together in a framework that can be used to encourage, equip and support missional leaders.

It's not easy. In many ways, it goes against the grain of how we've been wired culturally in today's America. But boy is it simpler than we realize!

We've invited Dr. Bruce Jaeger to come and lead us through this workshop so we can identify some missional leaders and begin to use our congregation's resources to support them. But we'd also like to invite you and your congregation to join us as well.

The workshop will be Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. We will provide lunch and childcare. We just ask that you give us a call or send us an e-mail to reserve a place so we have plenty of resources for everyone.

If you have questions about the workshop, or how you can be prepared to capitalize on it after you bring a bunch of your congregation's leaders, please let me know. I'd be happy to help share with you what we are doing to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. My email address is .

I hope you can join us! God bless you and your labor in the Lord! See FLYER

With Great Joy in Jesus,

Pastor Emil Gretarsson