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Together in Ministry South Dakota Gathered on Campus

Twenty-seven pastors and other ministry professionals from across South Dakota met at Augustana for the first large group gathering of Together in Ministry South Dakota (TiM) on Thursday afternoon, April 30, and Friday morning, May 1.

Initiated by Luther House of Study (LHOS) at Augustana, Together in Ministry is a new program established to enhance pastoral effectiveness and promote clergy wellness and renewal. Participants meet monthly in small groups around the state and will gather two to three times a year on Augustana's campus.

On Thursday afternoon, Rev. Dr. Chris Croghan challenged the group with a presentation entitled "A Story to Be Told More than Taught: A Look into Luther's Exegesis and Interpretation." Croghan is Director of LHOS and a Reformation scholar teaching at both Augustana College and Sioux Falls Seminary.

The group worshiped together, heard greetings from Augustana President Rob Oliver, enjoyed dinner on Thursday evening and attended "A Flea in Her Ear" performed by the Augustana Theater Company.

On Friday morning, Dr. Doug Anderson, Clinical Director of Sioux Falls Psychological Services and Assistant Professor of Counseling at Sioux Falls Seminary, discussed "Spiritual and Emotional Well-being for Ministry Professionals."

Members of the TiM Leadership Team are pictured above: 

(front row, left to right) Rev. Dr. Karen Soli, Together in Ministry Program Coordinator; Susan Marone, Assistant to the Bishop, South Dakota Synod ELCA; Sarah Stenson, Assistant to the Director of LHOS.

(back row) Dr. Chris Croghan, Director of LHOS; Pr. Jeff Eisele, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD; Kate Campbell, Director of Congregational Outreach & Liturgical Arts at Augustana College.

Not pictured: Pr. Jeff Otterman, St. James Lutheran Church, Belle Fourche, SD, and Pr. Pat Lehrer, West Nidaros Lutheran Church, Crooks, SD.