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Who was Rasmus?

This project is named after Rasmus Jensen, the first Lutheran pastor in North America.

Pastor Jensen was the chaplain of an expedition sent in the spring of 1619 by King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway to search for the Northwest Passage to India. The expedition landed on the shore of Hudson Bay at the present day site of Churchill Manitoba in the fall of 1619.

His commemoration date is February 20.

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What are ELCIC's challenges?

(Synod and congregational representatives)

  • Communication between geographically dispersed locations
  • How do we share in the experiences of others?
  • Where do we go to find the answers to our questions?
  • Communicating more precisely, effectively and efficiently (completeness of information)
  • Sharing resources
  • Knowledge of events, coordinating, calendaring
  • Diverse types of information, duplication of information and the large amount of information
  • Channeling timely information to the right people
  • Who has expertise?
  • Matching leadership resources with needs
  • Convincing the congregations that they really do need to embrace technology
  • Common, upgradeable database for capturing congregation information and statistics
  • Having correct information (don't want to call deceased people)
  • Confidentiality of information
  • Easy access to reference materials
  • Financial commitments for smaller congregations to participate
  • User friendliness of the solution

What are ELCIC's challenges?

(National office staff)

  • Maintaining continuity in an environment of many changing people involved in processes
  • Easily finding information when it is needed
  • Managing both employees and volunteers
  • Mobile and remote staff
  • Keeping track of key people and their schedules
  • Calendaring and scheduling of events
  • Communications
  • Separation/isolation of National office from Synods and Congregations
  • Filling in parish registry and matching it up with parochial reports
  • Making full use of Communique
  • Making use of new methods of communication
  • Coordinating work on projects and documents
  • Finding the correct skills and gifts within the church
  • Software is not always the same across PC/Macintosh platforms
(return to meeting report)

We appreciate your comments and suggestions about Rasmus at this e-mail.

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