Doing More Together

Collaborative partnerships transform both the community and the church.

After 14 years in corporate America, Eric Elton was looking for something more. When his pastor called to ask if he'd be interested in an open Mission Outreach Director position at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minnesota, where he was a member, the decision was quick and easy. Years of volunteer service had already made Eric passionate about Prince of Peace's approach to outreach through service. It was an approach that Jeff Marian, now lead pastor at Prince of Peace, picked up on immediately after joining the staff in 2008. Over the last few years, the church has recast its vision around filling community needs in collaborative partnerships with other organizations, including The Salvation Army, Feed My Starving Children, and the local hospital. Elton and Marian spoke with BuildingChurchLeaders.com managing editor Laura Leonard about how an emphasis on outreach and service has changed their church, why they believe more churches should pursue collaborative ...

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