“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” (Rumi, a 13th c poet).
When churches experience conflict, it is important that leadership move as quickly as possible to the field. There, commit to conversation with all parties that suspends judgment, where all walk and talk with one another and new learning can take root and grow for the sake of the mission.
Kurt Jacobson is a trained interpretive consultant of Holy Cow! assessments serving churches across WI and beyond. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he served Trinity Lutheran Church, Eau Claire for 28 years. In 2016 he formed Mustard Seed Consulting.
Jacobson holds a BA in Business/Hospital Administra on and Organiza onal Communication from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN and a Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He holds a certificate in Intentional Interim Ministry from the National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors.
He is the author of “Welcoming Grace: Words of Love for All.” In addition, the book “The State of the ELCA” by Russell Crabtree, founder of Holy Cow! includes a chapter detailing the work Kurt did in making Trinity a transformational congregation.
He lives near Cumberland, WI.
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