Pastor Frenz will be gone for three months

Kim Frenz, pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, will take part in the 2012 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.Frenz

The church received a grant of $45,128 that allows Frenz to participate during a three-month sabbatical.

“It is one of 147 congregations across the country that will support their ministers in the program, which allows pastors to step back from their busy lives and renew their spirits for the benefit of their ongoing ministries” the church stated in a release.

Working with their congregations, ministers design their renewal programs to fit their own needs and aspirations. Pastors are encouraged to include their families in the renewal activities. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for the congregation to pay for interim pastoral leadership while the pastor is away, as well as for renewal activities within the congregation.

Altogether, 1,745 congregations have participated in the clergy renewal program since it began in 2000, including the 147 congregations in this round that received grants totaling nearly $6.5 million.

The theme of Frenz’s sabbatical is “The Reformation.” He will begin in Scotland with an exploration of ancient Celtic Christian worship practices and a visit to Iona Abby to interact with Christians from all over the world. This will be followed by a tour of the sites of the Protestant Reformation in the British Isles.

The majority of the sabbatical will be spent in Germany to study and experience in depth the life and times of Martin Luther.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will have the opportunity to explore new liturgies, hear alternate interpretations of the scriptures through visiting pastors and gain confidence in leading the church in a new direction. Upon his return, Frenz will share a series of sermons and seminars on the life, ministry and teachings of Martin Luther contrasting the 16th century Reformation with the Reformation of today.

“Time and time again we hear that these renewal experiences are transformative for pastors, their families and their congregations,” said N. Clay Robbins, the endowment’s president and CEO. “We intend for this program to enable pastors to live for a while at a different pace and in a new environment, in Sabbath time and space. Many pastors and their families return with a rich store of shared memories, having had large blocks of unbroken time together, uninterrupted by the 24-hour-a-day routine of the ministry.

“The wealth of imagination unleashed by this program is truly wonderful to see,” he said. “We can think of no better way to honor these hardworking, faithful men and women than to help them experience personal growth and spiritual renewal in ways that they themselves design and find meaningful.”

Frenz has been a pastor at Our Savior’s since April 1999, and has pursued his interests in worship, adult education, small-group ministry and evangelism since that time.

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