My name is Ted.  I’m a Lutheran pastor working to plant a new church with a great group of people.  I’m setting up this blog to engage the core group of our church plant with some great gospel-centered material already free and online as well as some original content.   When I post something I’ll either give my take and/or ask questions to foster greater learning and discussion. I hope that this site will not only be useful for our core group, but anyone who would like to understand how to better live the Christian life with Gospel-intentionality.  In addition to missional training, I’ll also occasionally post other theological content, writing, sermons, etc. as a way of sharing what I’m doing as a pastor and church planter as well as what has encouraged me in my walk. 

We believe that faith grows in motion.  We grow our most in our journey with God when we are walking together in authentic and challenging relationships with fellow Christians as we follow Jesus.  

Jesus once said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). 

And the Apostle James said, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  (James 1:22)

We hope that through this site you will not just grow in your knowlege of God and His word, but also that God might continue to challenge all of us to live with greater Gospel intentionality and effectiveness that his kingdom might be spread. 

His Peace,


  1. like the site, great stuff, great thoughts. thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

  2. Ted, thanks for visiting my blog, http://www.tangiblethoughts.wordpress.com, and “liking” my post of John L. Nevius, a “missionary voice from the past.” Blessings as the Lord leads in the start of the new church.

  3. Judith Gotwald

    Thank you for liking our post on Monday Morning Amnesia. I am interested in Lutheran church planting as the opposite is going on down our way (Philadelphia). Where is your ministry?

    • The opposite is happening almost everywhere, Judith. We’re so thankful we have a supporting Mother Church and District that is leading the way in Church Planting. We’re planting in Jackson, MO, just south of Perry County where the LCMS got it’s start.

  4. Great blog! Important message! Thanks for putting this out there!

  5. May the Lord bless this new work and use you and your team.

  6. faithfulnibbles

    Thanks for stopping by my site. Praying for you and the work gGod will do in the new church.

    God’s blessings.

  7. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Blessings to you as you continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling (and blogging!). 🙂

  8. Love your mission and your heart – and look forward to reading more. 🙂

  9. Missional presence is what it’s all about. Keep it up, Ted.

  10. I wanted to pop in and thank you for the ‘like’ on my post “Ever More Sparingly, The Grief Still Cuts Like A Knife”; the support always means a lot to me. Thank you again and I hope to see you back. Blessings to you!

  11. Thanks for liking my post ‘church planting Calgary’. As a church planter, I enjoy reading the blogs of other church planters and will stop by your blog to read what you post. God bless with your new church plant.

  12. Thanks for commenting! the gospel is beautiful! Blessings on your church plant. I hope souls are being won for Christ, his glory and our joy!

  13. Hi Ted, thank you for the visit and liking my blog.

  14. Hi There
    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post. I really appreciate it. You have such a great blog. I will follow you. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

  15. What a nice surprise to see your like on my page – dear to my heart and receding into the past. I lived in China for grad school and experienced the love of a people. Talk about the gospel, two generations now have never even heard the words, “Heavenly Father”. When I explained the concept and invited a small group to join me in a blessing on the food they were interested and obliged me. Several days later, two young women came back and told me that the next time we ate together they wanted to ‘have a pray again. We need that pray in our lives.” It was eye opening and a strong testimony to me of God’s love to see that they knew something was missing from their lives, they just did not know what. The best to you as you share your knowledge of the peace God can
    bring to our lives.
    Kind Regards,

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