Great Stuff — Rev. Christopher Esget – Growth Through Faithful Preaching, Administration, Education

Found over on SynodConvention.com. Watch that site for good information on the synod convention July 9-14 in Milwaukee.

 

Portrait of the Rev. Christopher Esget, LCMS sixth vice-president and pastor of Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

Portrait of the Rev. Christopher Esget, LCMS sixth vice-president and pastor of Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

I’m privileged to serve as the president of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, where Christopher Esget is our senior pastor. Immanuel is located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Alexandria, Virginia. The baptized membership of Immanuel has more than doubled in the last decade. Confirmed membership has also grown. And average weekly attendance at Immanuel has gone up dramatically. All of these increases have occurred at a time when when Synodical, Regional and District baptized membership, confirmed membership and weekly attendance have faced decline.

In terms of the rate of growth in baptized members, Immanuel Alexandria is in the top 1% of congregations for its size, top 5% of congregations in the Southeastern District, and top 2% of congregations in the Synod. Immanuel is in the top 5% of congregations in Synod in rate of growth in confirmed membership. Immanuel is among the top 4% of congregations in Synod for weekly attendance.

We know that our congregation’s size is given by God alone. God has blessed Immanuel richly under Pastor Christopher Esget, for which we give Him thanks and praise. We are also thankful that this growth has happened under our pastor’s faithful preaching and administration of the sacraments.

Under Pastor Esget’s leadership, we turned our failing parochial school into a thriving center of the community. We did this by changing to a classical curriculum and by increasing the centrality of Lutheran education. In 10 years we have grown from 60 students to 150, and our Congregational support of the school helps us keep tuition costs much lower than other private and parochial schools in Alexandria. While other parochial schools have tried to soften their religious character, we have strengthened and reinforced our Lutheran identity. To meet the needs of our growing church and school, we’re now midway through a $5 million building project.

More important than numerical growth or size, though, we appreciate Pastor Esget for how he is helping us grow in fear and knowledge of our Lord.

Dr. Leo Mackay, Vice President Ethics & Sustainability at Lockheed Martin

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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