Today was my first day as a former employee of the Publishing Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For those of you acquainted with Augsburg Fortress Publishers, you know that it has undergone an amazing turn-around in recent years. I consider it an honor and blessing to have spent two and a half years contributing to this vital ministry of the church. Through it I met hundreds of lay and ordained church leaders, visited several dozen churches, and saw the Lutheran church in its diversity throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. Though no one publishing ministry can ever meet every need of every congregation (you’d be amazed at the kind of things people would gripe at me about!), I believe with all my heart that Augsburg Fortress is doing an amazing job at serving the needs of a denomination that is diverse in practice and, perhaps, unsure about its identity. From Akaloo to Here We Stand Confirmation to No Experience Necessary to Fortress Press to Slabbinck paraments to Lutheran Voices to . . . the list goes on. Augsburg Fortress is an excellent resource for this church and gift to the wider church.
Thank you, Augsburg Fortress.