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Ninth Biennial Convention
Augustana University College, Cambros AB
June 12 - 15, 2003

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Tom Brook

Member of Bread of Life Lutheran Church, Regina SK

Past Experiences or Positions:

Co-founding chair of Saskatchewan Synod Lay Pastoral Assistants training program, participant in Western North Dakota Synod GIFTS (Lay Training) program and provides lay pulpit supply to mainly rural congregations.; Synod stewardship consultant since inception of the consultancy. Authored a book on Canadian Politics. Serves as a Deputy Chief of Staff in the Saskatchewan Government. Volunteer in a wide variety of congregation, conference, synod and National Church activities—Communications Committee chair for 1999 ELCIC convention, congregation council, conference committees, etc. Active in a tri-parish arrangement between Lutheran, Anglican and United congregations.

Strengths and Gifts:

I am well grounded in organizational decision making, strategic communications and building and maintaining stakeholder relationships and have demonstrated the ability to take a broad scale, long-term view, assessing options and implications. I am committed to teamwork—acting cooperatively and productively with others to achieve results in keeping with the church’s values, principles and goals. As well, I am willing to take measured risks, adapt quickly to change, and help lead the change process when required.

Issues of Particular Interest:

I have a particular interest in the issues of stewardship and the role of the laity in our church.; The NCC has made a positive start on national stewardship programs. We need to discern ways of enhancing and sustaining this beginning. This is especially important at a time when practically every enterprise of our church is currently challenged by a lack of financial support. We must define the role of lay leadership in our church. The church needs to lift up and equip the laity in every area of activity including those where professional human resources are scarce.

Concerns and Hopes for the Future of the ELCIC

Hope to assist in building grassroots awareness and support for the mission and ministry of the National Church and lift up pressing issues of social justice and how our people at the grassroots can be actively engaged in these activities. Would like to see the church recognized as being bold and courageous in how it approaches issues and actively brings people face to face with Jesus.

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