Pastors: Creation Care Resources

Get Involved. As a pastor,  lay professional, or seminary student, you can be a leader in creation care. On this page, you will find resources and examples for what you can do in your role in parish life. Let us know what you are doing or what resources you have discovered or created, so that we can post them to inspire, educate, and encourage others. Contact David Rhoads at drhoads@lstc.edu.


ELCA calling from "Vision and Expectations"


Stewardship of the Earth


"The people of God are called to the care and redemption of all that God has made. This includes the need to speak on behalf of this earth, its environment and natural resources and its inhabitants. This church expects that its ordained ministers will be exemplary stewards of the earth’s resources, and that they will lead this church in the stewardship of God’s creation."


From Vision and Expectations for Ordained Clergy of the ELCA.


ELCA commission to speak truth about the ecological state of the world? Click here.
 


Clergy New Year's Resolutions



by Leah D. Schade


Clergy have such high instances of stress, weight problems, hypertension, depression and heart problems that poor health is becoming a characteristic of the profession. The kind of frenetic lifestyles that pastors -- and our society -- lead also contribute to our planet's "health crisis." Read More

Continuing Education

See the "Events" section of the Home page for current continuing education opportunities.

The GreenFaith Fellowship Program prepares lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for religiously based environmental leadership. Through this program, GreenFaith offers a unique opportunity for educational, spiritual and vocational growth and skill development in religious environmentalism. Read more





17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher in 2017
by Rev. Dr. Leah Schade
  • Imagine what your life would be like if you could be part of God’s work to heal this planet – right from the pulpit.
  • Imagine if your parishioners were inspired by your preaching to address the most pressing environmental concerns of our time.
  • Imagine hearing your parishioners actually thank you for preaching about protecting our planet.
  • Imagine discovering a new dimension to your preaching that opens a whole new world of perspectives, creative ideas, and inspiration for reaching people with God’s Word.
  • Imagine finding a whole new perspective for engaging the Bible that deepens and expands your faith.
Here are 17 ideas excerpted from my book Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015) for helping make this vision for your preaching become a reality in the coming year. [Read More]


Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit

Leah D. Schade

Informed by years of experience as an environmental activist and minister, Leah Schade equips preachers to interpret the Bible through a “green” lens, become rooted in environmental theology, and learn how to understand their preaching context in terms of the particular political, cultural, and biotic setting of their congregation. 



MORE RESOURCES FOR PASTORS

LRC Pastors Guide: The role of ELCA Pastors in the Care of the Earth

Preaching. LRC has weekly commentary on the lessons, links to sermons online, and more.

Worship. See our worship site for year-around resources + the Season of Creation.

Parish Education Many resources + "Earthbound” Six-part DVD series  Click here to view a trailer and order at half price.

Pastoral Care Renew your life with a relationship with nature.

Devotional life Resources for personal and church use.

Environmental Stewardship Resources for your church's stewardship program.


Planning Ahead. Resources for seasons/ holidays throughout the year.