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Answering Your Call Posted on by Mission & Outreach Committee

Spirit Lutheran is in the process of ‘calling’ a pastor. The Call Committee continues to meet, to pray, and to interview candidates to determine who the Holy Spirit is calling to be our Senior Pastor. In the Bible, God does indeed ‘call’ people to particular work and gives all people various kinds of guidance. God calls people to become united with God in every aspect of life. This occurs for us when we respond to Christ’s call to follow him. Martin Luther referred to this as the ‘priesthood of all believers’ and it is vital for the health and effectiveness of the church. You, too, are called!

The Mission & Outreach Committee invites you to attend 3 workshops exploring our own personal call, to learn about our spiritual gifts, and to prepare ourselves for new pastoral leadership at Spirit Lutheran.

Please join us from 9 a.m. to noon on three Saturdays - January 28, February 18 and March 19 (March 19 date begins at noon). We’re excited to have Pastor Mike Thompson facilitate this exploration (a short bio about Pastor Mike is on the following page). After each workshop we’ll share a midday meal. You are encouraged to attend all three sessions, but are welcome to attend any – all are welcome.

Please sign up in the office at Spirit Lutheran or in the Narthex so we may plan for lunch on each of the workshop days. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Pride at 715.563.0023 or

Pastor Michael A Thompson

Michael received Jesus Christ in his senior year of High School, and soon after felt a lifelong calling to mentoring and training Christian leaders and pastors. This initial vision would begin unfolding 20 year later. In the meantime Michael has helped facilitate ministry trips to Mexico, served as pastoral staff of a megachurch in Saint Paul and moved to Duluth, MN to plant a church. He received a Master's degree in Counseling and was the cofounder of two counseling centers whose mission was to help people heal from various levels of post-traumatic stress. This included prayer-based counseling as he integrated his faith into his counseling approach.

Currently, Michael serves as lead pastor at Faith Free Church in Stanley Wisconsin where he also heads up Tuesday U (in which future leaders, pastors, and missionaries are trained in a church-based context and licensed through the Evangelical Free Church). Michael is also the Lead Pastor of Faith Community which is a group of churches he has planted and oversees. He has been at Faith Free of Stanley since September of 2012.

Michael has two children, Natalie and Schneider, and has been married to his wife, Shelly, since 1998.

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