The Power of Partnership
September 1, 2022
We recently worked with our partners to empower older adults in affordable housing to remain living independently in their community. When we bring together our members with expertise and funding from partners, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of people.Read More
New Board Member Eric Gurley Adds Unique Experience to our Unique Network
July 28, 2022
Eric Gurley, the president and CEO of our member Immanuel, has joined the Lutheran Services in America board of directors. Eric has decades of experience in senior housing and healthcare, excelling in strategic planning, implementation and reporting. Welcome, Eric!Read More
Celebrating National Disabilities Independence Day
July 26, 2022
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act was a momentous occasion that advanced the cause for equal opportunity for millions. For many people living with disabilities, funding and other support is incredibly helpful in preserving their quality of life.Read More
Frequently Asked Questions About the Broker Selection Process
July 21, 2022
Now that you’ve learned about the broker selection process, you may have additional questions. While Johnson, Kendall & Johnson is always available to answer questions that you might have, here are some that we commonly hear from other organizations.Read More
Managing the Broker Selection Process Effectively
July 19, 2022
The broker selection process is a great tool for an organization to effectively and efficiently select the best broker and the best insurance company. There are eight steps that you can take to use the Broker Selection Process effectively.Read More
As leaders of organizations centered and rooted in faith, we draw strength from each other as we persist in our mission to bring hope and healing to people.
I began a weekly CEO Update at the start of the pandemic because I thought it was important to stay in touch and communicate through a dark and uncertain time. As one of the largest nonprofit health and human services networks that cares for one in 50 people in America, we were hit especially hard by the pandemic.
While some CEO Updates were about important advocacy issues or programs, others were more reflective. I always received feedback from member CEOs on the reflections—notes like “I really needed that today” which kept me going.
One of my board members suggested that I compile the reflections together. As I look back, it’s clear that where we thought we’d be along the way changed—often—and mostly in ways that brought more challenges and hardships to Lutheran social ministry.
What was also clear was the extraordinary leadership, creativity and perseverance that you and leaders throughout the network demonstrated—examples of true leadership to adapt to never-before-seen situations and lead your teams with grace and courage. Lutheran social ministry stood up when we were most needed and you and your teams are the Front Line Heroes that we lift up for your life-saving work.
These Reflections are dedicated to you—for your remarkable leadership and our extraordinary journey together.
Today is the 505th anniversary of the Reformation when Martin Luther shared his theological insight that God’s gift of grace in Jesus Christ frees us from being focused on ourselves and opens us to care for others. Or as CEO Summit Theologian-in-Residence Pastor Mark Huber once put it, “it means it’s not about us.”
How is this relevant or reflected in Lutheran social ministry organizations today?
The foundation of our work is that all people have dignity and worth—not because of anything they do or don’t do but simply because they are—and that they are valued by God. As Lutheran social ministry, we create the space where people experience God’s grace through our care and compassion. It’s the why behind our work and reflected in how we do our work, in relationship with our neighbor, no matter who are neighbor is, where they’re from, or what they do.
So why does this matter?
God’s grace is extravagant and is revealed in the beauty and light we let into people’s lives, to remove the barriers that hold them back from achieving their potential and to empower them to realize their dreams. It’s why we persevere despite having to continually pivot and be stretched and stressed. It’s our calling, our vocation.
In the midst of our challenges and an uncertain future, may we remember that our presence matters, that our work brings more light and beauty into people’s lives, and that we do not do this work alone.