I'm a youth director at a mid-large size elca congregation in the twin cities,mn. Also a seminary student pursuing my MDiv. God has been good to me; I didn't grow up Lutheran; I'm a recovering pentecoatal fundamentalist but am not ashamed of those roots. I love to lead worship, write curriculum and am a Book of Faith supporter.
I am a Lutheran pastor in a fairly rural part of the south. While I didn't grow up in a rural setting, ministry in my context has been quite interesting and has included some wonderful journeys in faith with some wonderful people.
I too have found that being a Lutheran in my community has had some interesting challenges, as much of our area is heavily Baptist influenced. I admire our Baptist neighbors in their focus on evangelism and outreach, while yet at times we've too found that our theological differences in areas such as baptism and understandings of theology (and especially in regards to "salvation") do make our work in being the body of Christ together a little challenging once in a while, though I wish this wasn't the case. This said, living in the Bible belt does have some significant benefits, as talking openly about God and faith is very common conversation.
I'm very glad to see this site come along and I hope Lutherans.com really takes off. I've not really found a place online where all Lutherans can come together (from all backgrounds: ELCA, LCMS, WELS and more) and have a great forum to learn and fellowship within - It's looking like Lutherans.com could indeed be that place!
I'm Dan O'Day, I'm not a pastor. I'm somewhat of a pan-Lutheran at the moment, although I attend an LCMS congregation. I am one of the authors over at Missional Lutherans (missionallutherans.org), and I work and teach in the field of information assurance and digital forensics.
I am a ELCA Lutheran pastor in a small church in Anchorage. 1st call starting my 22nd year. I am married and have 8 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I blog at www.coslcgrace.blogspot.com and post 10 minute commuter worship for the RLC and the Narrative lectionary at www.10worship.blogspot.com. Our church web site is www.coslc.ws where you can find interesting links to music, social statements and our web radio which plays music and commentary 24/7 and carries our worship live for those who are out of start or at their cabins for the weekend. I am part of the One Anchorage Clergy group working to get LGBT orientation added to the Anchorage anti-discrimination ordnance through a ballot measure this spring. I love music, politics, worship but most of all my wife who puts up with me.