Congregational Business

MSP Document

The MSP is an extensive document that provides detailed information about the congregation and its ministry. Click here to view the MSP. Once the MSP is officially approved by the Synod and posted on the ELCA website, it is available for review by potential candidates for the call to serve as Senior Pastor at Incarnation. Please keep this meeting and the call process in your prayers.

Welcome Chris Smith, the Interim Senior Pastor

The Incarnation Church Council has entered into a covenant with Pastor Chris Smith to serve as Interim Senior Pastor as of August 1. Here are a few words of introduction from Pastor Chris:

Greetings to the community of Incarnation Lutheran Church! I consider it a privilege to serve with you during this time of transition. Let me tell you a little about myself.

I come to Incarnation after completing service as an interim lead pastor at two large ELCA churches, one in the Minneapolis Area Synod and one in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as an intentional interim pastor in larger churches. I find that the time of pastoral transition can be a particularly fruitful experience for churches as they look to their future mission.  Before becoming certified as an intentional interim pastor, I served for almost 19 years at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, the last eight as senior pastor and before that as executive pastor. Prior to that, I served as solo pastor in a mid-sized congregation in the Minneapolis Area Synod. While serving as a pastor I also taught for six years in the doctoral program in biblical preaching at Luther Seminary. I also lead an affiliate of the Saint Paul Area Synod’s Tanzania partnership called Friends of Huruma, which helps support the Huruma Centre Children’s Home in Iringa, Tanzania.

I am married to Mary Lund, who has 30 years’ experience as an ordained pastor in the ELCA. Mary and I served together for many years and she is one of the best teachers of the Bible I know (I think I’m only a little biased when I say that). I expect you will have occasion to meet her as my time as interim senior pastor continues. I have two children. Miles, who lives in St. Paul, is completing his employment as a research scientist prior to entering graduate school this summer. My daughter, Joy, who lives in Minneapolis, works with diverse populations who experience a variety of disabilities and challenges and plans to attend graduate school in the near future as well. When I am not busy doing pastoral ministry, I enjoy reading, travel, spending time with my adult children, hiking, and always learning something new (currently the focus is learning German and classical guitar).

That is certainly enough about me. Now, as I anticipate beginning my service at Incarnation, I am interested in learning about you. I am grateful for the trust that the Council has placed in me to walk with you as Incarnation prepares for a new chapter of ministry. This is a time of appreciation, planning, and deep reliance on the good work of the Holy Spirit. God is faithful and his Son, Jesus, is our constant companion. I ask you to join with me in daily prayer as we walk together in Christ toward the good and gracious future God has in store. I will surely be praying for you and I ask that you pray for me as well.

Peace in Christ,

Pastor Chris Smith