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Wednesday, 02 March 2022 15:08

Local mission in the church - and how seminaries are failing our pastors. I continue my discussion with Alex Zenk, Pastor of Stratford Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stratford, Iowa and host of the...

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 14:12

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Local Missions and the Failure of Seminaries to Teach Worldview

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Local mission in the church - and how seminaries are failing our pastors.

I continue my discussion with Alex Zenk, Pastor of Stratford Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stratford, Iowa and host of the Undying Light Podcast. We talk about how local mission efforts in the church benefit both the church and local community, and why pastors are not trained to teach worldview within their local congregations.


Reuel Sample:
I love the idea that you are teaching your congregation that mission work is not just something done overseas or someplace far away, but mission work is local. Yeah. How have they responded to that?

Alex Zenk:
They they were ecstatic when when we made that decision. I think that really helped kind of spark some of the movements and draw some people in. I've had a couple of people from the church or from the town come to church and, you know, say, Hey, you know, I heard you preach, I heard somebody talking about you preaching and I wanted to come here, you. And we appreciate what you do and, you know, this or that mission. But every month we change up our our, you know, mission approach. We have different people that we serve and we try to at least here in our little geographical circle in Iowa. We try to hit a lot of the things that people would normally be, you know, be affected by, whether it's a like January's a domestic and sexual outreach center. We're going to do one on our local food pantry. We did one last year with our local elementary school as they were in need of winter wear, and so we pulled together cash from the congregation and donated it to the school. And I think that was really impactful. I was featured in the newspaper taking a picture with the principal. And so it's just doing these little things. And again, it's not for the publicity or the fame of it, but it's doing these things to show that this our church is willing to take charge of helping this community move forward.

Reuel Sample:
It's a powerful statement, because churches often say, well, we'll be part of something, but they never take the initiative to do something. And what you're saying is, no, you're you're taking the initiative to do something and to make something happen big or small. That's your mission field. I just love that.

Reuel Sample:
Alex, one of the goals of of of this of this podcast is talk about worldview - Christian worldview. We all we all have a worldview. But I want to encourage people to live a Christian biblical worldview. The problem is, is that in my opinion, I've been around churches all of my life or I was ordained and oh, good grief, 1993. I was ordained and I've served small churches. I grew up in a very, very large church. I've been inside and outside churches, and we're not teaching our people Christian worldview. We're not teaching them how to respond to the daily challenges that come up from your from your podcast. You talk about theology and and apologetics, which were not covering in our churches. Why aren't pastors teaching their people worldview?

Undying Light Podcast

Undying Light Podcast

About Alex Zenk

Alex Zenk is the pastor of Stratford Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stratford, IA. He is currently finishing my Master’s of Divinity at Sioux Falls Seminary, and will graduate in 2023. He has been married to Janae for over 14 years now, and has 2 amazing kids. In the past 5-7 years, he has become an avid reader of theology, studying various camps of thought before returning to his roots as a Lutheran.

About Undying Light Podcast

Undying Light is a show hosted by Alex a Lutheran Preacher in Iowa.I cover a broad range of topics from discussions on theology, apologetics, to essentially everything to do with the Bible, cultural issues, and everyday ranting about the state of Evangelicalism in the United States and everywhere else.I am committed to an inerrant, infallible view of the Scriptures. Therefore, I am fervent to bring everything I teach and say to the light of the Biblical worldview.

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About Statford Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stratford Evangelical Lutheran Church is in existence as a community of believers because of our commitment and response to God & to remind us that we are a part of the body of Christ and saved through God’s grace. We gather because we feel the need to worship God, to partake of the sacraments, to study God’s Word and for Christian fellowship. In thankful response to Gods love and forgiveness, we proclaim Christ as Lord and Savior, sharing our gifts in love and service to those in need in our community and around the world.



Reuel Sample
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Reuel Sample is the host of The Pastor's Voice Podcast. He has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Grove City College, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as a church pastor and a Navy Chaplain. He is a staunch churchmen - which is why he criticizes it so much. He is an avid sailor and wood worker. He is blessed to be married to his wife Pam. They make their home in Wilmington, NC.

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