In this episode, Rev. Dr. Lee Hagen, President of the Missouri District of the LCMS, joins hosts Rev. Dr. Steve Schave, Director of LCMS Church Planting, and Rev. Dr. Mark Larson, Manager of Church Planting in the Mission Field: USA initiative, to explore how ministries take maximum benefit from strategic planning and how to learn from mistakes to move ministry forward.
About Rev. Dr. Lee Hagen: Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan currently serves as president of the Missouri District of the LCMS. Formerly, he served as senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia, Missouri and as First Vice-President of the Missouri District. He is a 1992 graduate of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska. He continued his studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning the Master of Divinity degree in 1996 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2011.
He previously served as associate pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Evansville, Indiana from 1996-2002 before coming to Concordia. Most recently, he served as the interim director of LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission in 2011-2012. He has held served in a number of capacities at the district level including as Fourth Vice-President, Chairman of the Board for Congregational Services and member of the Board of Directors of the Missouri District and as a member of the Indiana District Youth Board and Youth Gathering Planning team. A frequent workshop presenter, Lee has spoken on topics such as youth and family ministry, witnessing and assimilation, as well as many issues related to rural and small-town ministry. He has written articles for Lutheran Witness and Reporter and served as an announcer for KFUO. He has led mission trips to the Bahamas, Guatemala, and in 2012 to Cambodia and China.
He is married with two children. Lee enjoys reading, traveling, watching University of Kentucky basketball games, and spending time with his family.
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The “Mission Field: USA – Church Planting” podcast series, provided by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission, offers a theological background and best practices for launching new congregations and ministries within a Lutheran framework.