Members of ELCA congregations who serve on the board of a Lutheran social ministry organization will be happy to know that Lutheran Services in America has resources for social ministry organization boards of directors: a study guide, a series of devotions and a session for new board member orientation.
“Being Lutheran in Social Ministry Is …” This short study guide by J. Paul Balas examines the themes of Lutheran social ministry and the implications of that identity for the values, leadership, and practice of a social ministry organization. The information and exercises can be used in a retreat setting or they may be divided up for a learning series at several board meetings.
“Being Lutheran Means …” This series of six, short, interactive devotions by Margaret Schmitt Ajer is for use with social ministry organization boards or other groups. Each session relies on conversation, Scripture reading, prayer and reflection.
“Becoming a Trustee of Lutheran Values …” Arthur W. Scherer has written this resource for use as part of an orientation program for new board members of social ministry organizations. The booklet consists of background material and discussion questions to fit a 60- to 90-minute time frame.