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Parish Workers

  • Paul and Tress Anderson
    Black Hills, SD
  • Amanda Bellefy
    Mesa, AZ
  • BenDwebBen Dahl
    Camarillo, CA 
  • David, Gretchen, and Leah Mattson
    Naknek, AK

  • Kayla Paige
    Mesa, AZ
  • Jordan and Rachel Rumohr
    Mesa, AZ

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Former Parish Workers

  • Luke Emerson
    Hastings, MN 
  • Kelly Emerson
    Hastings, MN 
  • Bill and Linda Buck
    Parish Builders At Large
  • Ryan Tonneson
    Mesa, AZ
  • Ashley HurnerAshley Hurner
    Mesa, AZ
  • Terri Nelson
    Camarillo, CA
  • Hannah JohnsonHannah Johnson
    Camarillo, CA
  • Chad Friestad
    Camarillo, CA
  • Jared Langess
    Camarillo, CA
  • StephenQwebStephen Quanbeck
    Camarillo, CA
  • Jerry Nelson
    Camarillo, CA
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Who are Parish Builders? They are adults—single, married, or of retirement age, preferably graduates of AFLBS who have served on a summer team, volunteering any amount of time assisting the Pastor of a Home Missions congregation through teaching and outreach.

Parish Building is all about a passion for God and the local church. It's team-centered, participatory servant-leadership with lots of opportunities to grow, share, teach, and pray hard.

>>What do Parish Builders do?

They assist in areas like teaching, visitation, canvassing, working with youth, special outreach events...wherever there is a need! They support the pastor and his family, and encourage the congregation members to become more vitally involved and assume leadership.

>>Where do they live?

Wherever there is an AFLC Home Mission church! They locate housing, move into a local community, and find ways to integrate into the lives of people around them.


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What about money?

Parish Builders are not paid a salary, but they are commissioned with an umbrella of prayer and guidance by AFLC Home Missions. Some Parish Builders raise support, others find part-time jobs.

These interviews with Parish Builders past and present were filmed at the 2009 Free Lutheran Youth Convention in Estes Park, CO.



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Report from the Field


"Parish Building has been valuable to my personal walk with my Lord Jesus Christ, as well as my personal communication skills. I am having to rely on Him to guide me, not just relying on what I can do myself. As a Parish Builder team, my wife and I are seeing the Lord at work in The Gathering. The city of Hstings and many others are seeing the same things--that Jesus is alive and moving in the hearts and minds of the members of the Gathering. I am overwhelmed to see how God is allowing me to be used." Luke Emerson, Parish Builder, Hastings, MN

"Working as a Parish Builder in Camarillo, CA for three years far exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoy working alongside Pastor Jim and savored every opportunity to learn from him. I loved ministering to the people of Good Shepherd and felt loved and embraced by them. Our youth group is growing and our church continues to see new people. I loved being a part of something like that - a place and a ministry where God is moving. Parish Buildeing was a perfect stepping stone for the next step of ministry God called me to." Chad Friestad, Director of Student Development, AFLBS

 

>>Parish Builder Checklist:

  • Do you have a consistent, daily quiet time with your Bible and in prayer?
  • Are you actively involved in a local church?
  • Do you enjoy connecting with people in new places?
  • Do you have a passion for seeing people grow in their faith through authentic relationships?
  • Do you enjoy connecting with people in new places?

>>Download your PB application here.