David J. Lose
David J. Lose is the Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (Minneapolis, MN), a faith community of 15,000 believers. Prior to this call, Lose served as President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he initiated and led the effort to unify LTSP and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in order to create United Lutheran Seminary, which launched on July 1, 2017. Previously, Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) for fourteen years. While there, he served as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, oversaw the redevelopment of the Center for Lifelong Learning, and led the creative team that developed WorkingPreacher.org. He also directed two Lilly Endowment-funded grants focused on fostering congregational vibrancy and has shared the results of that research through his writing and in public lectures delivered in nearly half the Synods of the ELCA, with other denominations, and globally.
David and Daughter Katie (fourth summer as camp staff) on a ridge overlooking Christikon
In addition to his work in the parish and academy, Lose has consulted with congregations, synods, social ministry organizations, and other institutions within and outside the church on matters related to leadership, strategic planning, and adapting to a changing culture, most recently presenting at the Global Summit of the National Association of Corporate Directors (nacdonline.org) on the topic of “Divided We Fall: Social Cohesion for a New America.”
Lose is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013), Confessing Jesus Christ (2003), and the popular four volume Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. He edited the volume, Renew 52, a digital book focused on congregational renewal, and has written for the Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Christian Century, among numerous other publications. You can find his weekly reflections on preaching and other articles on connecting faith to daily life at “…in the Meantime” (www.davidlose.net), a web-based resource with more than 7500 subscribers. He speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and the rapid cultural changes affecting all sectors of our world that he describes as the “age of digital pluralism.” But his favorite thing to do is hang out with his family in Minneapolis, where he enjoys cross-country skiing, rooting like mad for the Vikings, or getting wrapped up in a game of Settlers of Catan with his kids.