Bishop’s Reflections

Reflections from Bishop Tim Smith

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July 2nd, 2017|

Partners congregational visits

Synod Council members at our December 2015 meeting lamented that Mission Support receipts were nearly $178,000, or about 10%, behind budgeted expenses. The Council directed the NC Synod staff to develop a program whereby representatives would be trained to go to all of our congregations to lift up the many vital ministries of the synod in hopes of a much needed uptick in mission support.

Still, as I traveled about the synod, I realized how many of our congregations are struggling.


May 1st, 2017|

Image of antique portrait of man and woman

The Smith family—descendants of Cleveland Theodore Smith (b. 1884) and Lillie Beach Smith (b. 1888) [ pictured above ]—gathers each year somewhere in NC in early August. (more…)

April 3rd, 2017|

Jesus carrying the cross artwork

Holy Week

My father-in-law always intrigued me with the stack of novels he brought to the beach for family vacations. Even more interesting was his habit of reading the last chapter first, wanting to know how the story ended,  (more…)

March 6th, 2017|

A culture of call

A Culture of Call

As I write from the ELCA Conference of Bishops in Chicago this first week in March, there are many blessings to celebrate, yet many obvious and pressing challenges facing this church. (more…)

February 6th, 2017|

Lenten message from the bishop

Editor’s note: Though Lent doesn’t begin until March 1, Bishop Tim wrote this in time for congregations to include it in their March newsletters or Lenten bulletins.

“Lent” actually comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word “Lencten,” which we would translate “lengthen,” referring to the lengthening of days or springtime. (more…)

February 6th, 2017|

image of loudspeaker

Prophetic voices

If your measuring stick is the number of phone calls to the bishop’s office in the NC Synod to register complaints about their pastor, the first week in February is the winner thus far in my 18-month tenure. The reason? (more…)

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