Todd W. Glaeser

Philosophy of Ministry: John 13:34-35 "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other." - The Message (MSG)

Romans 12:9-10 "Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle." - The Message (MSG)

These are the key verses to my Philosophy of Ministry. The first is key because it informs how I try to live my life – as an adult, as a teacher, as a parent. It is how I explain to my students what it means to be a Christian. We are called to love. No one ever brought a person to Christ by pointing out their faults and condemning them. There is no place for judging others in these verses. Rather, the first verse tells us that we are supposed to lives filled with so much love that strangers would look at us and say, “Those people are different. But I want whatever they have that makes them that full of love.” The second, from Romans, points out and describes what that love might look like. It describes what the love of Jesus probably looked like to the people around him and what we should strive to be so that we can reflect Christ among the people around us.  

Hometown: Norwood, MN

Educational Background: BA English Literature/Theater, Concordia University St. Paul, MN/Concordia University Irvine, CA.

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