WMLT — Installation of Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director of Life Together

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:

 

Today, 1 August 2011, Rev. John Barton Day was installed as the Executive Director of Life Together (Office of National Mission). Rev. Bart Day fills a new position created by the restructuring that the Synod enacted in convention in July 2010. The convention divided all of the Synod’s program areas into two Offices: the Office of International Mission (Witness and Mercy) and the Office of National Mission (Life Together). In his position of the Executive Director of Life Together (Office of National Mission), he is responsible for Schools, Youth, Stewardship, RSOs, District and Congregational Outreach, and Worship. President Harrison preached at Rev. Day’s installation, while District President Ray Mirly conducted the Rite of Installation for Executives of the Synod.

President Harrison preached on Sunday’s gospel reading, Matthew 14:13 – 21, the feeding of the five thousand men. He noted how the Bible has much to say about koinonia (Life Together). We note that frequently in the Scriptures koinonia (Life Together) occurs around the breaking of the bread. When he addressed Rev. Day regarding his new position, President Harrison quoted the following passage from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together:

District President Mirly, Rev. Bart Day, and President Matthew Harrison

So often Christians, especially preachers, think that their only service is always to have to ‘offer’ something when they are together with other people. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking. Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking even when they should be listening. But Christians who can no longer listen to one another will soon no longer be listening to God either; they will always be talking even in the presence of God. (Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. “Life Together.” In Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, 5:1-139, 1987, 98).

President Harrison then said to Rev. Day, “You have a lot of listening to do — to your staff, to the church, and to the Lord… Once you feel that it is your job to tell the church how things ought to be, then it is time to leave.”

After the installation service, Rev. Day and his family were received at a reception in the cafeteria, the de facto “fellowship hall” (koinonia / Life Together hall) of the LCMS International Center for cake, punch, and coffee.

 


 

Rev. John Barton Day

Executive Director of the Office of National Mission

(Life Together)

Rev. John Barton “Bart” Day joined the Synod staff July 1 as executive director of the church body’s new Life Together department that will include national mission functions of the synod.

Since 1997, Day has been associate pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church in Houston, and has served since 2005 as headmaster of Memorial Lutheran School.

Day’s new position at the LCMS International Center was formed in response to adoption of resolutions calling for restructuring the national Synod by reducing its seven program boards and some staffed commissions to two elected policy boards: one for national mission work and one for international mission work.

Ministry areas in the new Life Together department will include Lutheran schools (through the high-school level), youth, stewardship, worship, Recognized Service Organizations, “The 72 — Partners on the Road,” Black ministry, Hispanic ministry and other ethnic ministries, and other ministries for equipping congregational outreach and renewal.

Day’s service to the church also includes leading or participating in numerous mission trips to countries such as the United Kingdom, Mexico, Nicaragua and Kenya. He is a member of the board of directors of The Friends of Westfield House, which supports the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England’s seminary that is located in Cambridge, England. Also, Day — an accomplished vocalist — is a frequent presenter and instructor at worship conferences.

Day holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College (now Concordia University Nebraska), Seward, Neb., (1992), and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1997). He is pursuing additional advanced degrees from Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind., and Concordia University Nebraska.

A native of Carlyle, Ill., Bart and his wife, Julie, are blessed with five children.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He’s responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


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WMLT — Installation of Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director of Life Together — 11 Comments

  1. Between Pres. Harrison and Pastor Day one still does not even have a full beard. This must change. Complete facial hair or none at all! I think that was mandated in the restructuring anyway.

  2. Can’t think of anyone better to be in charge of “youth”.
    Hope he does not listen too much to the “NYG circus” advocates!

    Send him the thread here!

  3. What is it with Revs and weird facial hair? Hard to take them seriously sometimes with those soup strainers (like that old Hollywood comic actor, I forget his name, you know the guy, big rolling eyes), soul patches, half breed Van Dykes and flannel patched beards.

    ‘Sounds like this new role covers most activity in the Synod and that title!, Executive Director of Life Together?, what a piece of non descriptive fluff. Sounds like he’s the director of Kumbaya.

  4. @mames #3

    “Rev. Bart Day fills a new position created by the restructuring that the Synod enacted in convention in July 2010.”

    “Sounds like this new role covers most activity in the Synod and that title!, Executive Director of Life Together?, what a piece of non descriptive fluff.”

    Not his fault! Thank the 2010 delegates! They made the position… see sentence above!

  5. I am aware it is not his fault – still quite stupid though–sounds like someone (K) was taking cues from the secular management and HR crowd who have done such a lousy job at GM, IBM, Xerox etc.. Nothing succeeds like failure in the liberal secular world

    rc@Walter R Wagner #4

  6. Thanks for the vote of confidence concerning the facial hair. lol

    I concur that all such titles are rather silly. It should be noted, not that it makes it much better, that the official title is executive director of national mission. This includes all of the domestic work of the synod under the newly created board for national mission. Witness, Mercy, Life Together reflects what we do as redeemed children of God.

    I ask for all of your prayers as I seek faithfulness to our Lord and our Lutheran confession. This is a wonderful time in the life of our synod. I pray that we will be bold in our confession and steadfast in our work.

  7. @Rev Day #6
    I ask for all of your prayers as I seek faithfulness to our Lord and our Lutheran confession. This is a wonderful time in the life of our synod. I pray that we will be bold in our confession and steadfast in our work.”

    Pr. Day,
    You are in our prayers, as noted in the email I sent to Pr. Murray this morning…….

    “Pr. Murray,
    Between you and Pr. Day, Memorial Lutheran – Houston congregation is making major contributions to the Synod these days. I will keep you both in my prayers. The challenges for you and Pr. Day are almost beyond comprehension; however, we know that the Will of the Lord will be accomplished in due time.”

    Rudy

  8. It looks like the preacher and presider did not vest for this service of installation. Does anyone know if this a normal thing at the IC chapel services?

  9. Mietzner
    What? You expected them to drip gravy on their vestments during the reception? (Which is pretty obviously where this pic was taken.) Give ’em a break, man.

  10. @Sue wilson #10

    The picture of Mirly doing the installation also shows them all in suits.
    [There are people who would say this is proper as the job does not include the functions of the Office. For that, the Rev. Day will have to have an invitation to be an occasional Assistant Pastor.]

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