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Thanksgiving Church is a place with Lutheran roots and an Evangelical heart, located in Bellevue, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha.Thanksgiving Lutheran is committed to reaching out to their community.“At our core we’re a place that is committed to making disciples who make disciples,” says Senior Pastor David Witkop. “In fact, I bet more than half the folks here don’t even realize we are Lutheran.”
The church has been in a succession plan for about a year. David became the Senior Pastor in January, after their long time pastor retired.“We became debt free in January,” says David.“With a refreshed vision it feels like momentum is building for this next chapter.” The church is working on several initiatives as a result of working through the Auxano Vision Frame process.These initiatives fit within a five-year strategic plan.
Omaha is about 80% unchurched. There are some 600,000 people who are somewhere other than within earshot of the gospel on a typical Sunday.This is one of the reasons why Thanksgiving is a part of the city-wide church network,Within Reach (www.within-reach.net). “The Within Reach movement is a cross-denominational movement of Kingdom-first types of churches who’ve partnered together to saturate Omaha with the Gospel,” says David.
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Central to their plan to advance is to ensure the right Worship Pastor joins the team. The role of the Creative Arts Director/Worship Pastor is to engage Thanksgiving and its community in authentic worship, effectively equip volunteers and staff team members through leadership development and create an atmosphere of holistic worship corporately. This new worship arts pastor will oversee all aspects of corporate worship, creative arts, and worship communication at Thanksgiving.