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Memoirs of a Lutheran Pastor, Christian Professional Growth, Christian Career, A Pastor Serves, Christian Devotion, Christian Inspiration, Christian Memoirs
Upstream Living in a Downstream World
Reflections on Ministry
Daniel A. Haugen
Upstream Living in a Downstream World is the story of one pastor’s journey in ministry, a journey that carried the Rev. Daniel Haugen through several parishes, president of Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook, Saskatchewan, and back into parish ministry.
But the book is more than story after story of one person’s ministry, for each story or group of stories become the foundation for broader theological and pastoral reflection on ministry and the church in our contemporary world.
“As a pastor, Rev. Haugen always has been and continues to be deeply affirming of the people to whom he ministered. He saw and experienced grace and God’s presence again and again and again in those whom he served. In this book he affirms over and over their grace and discipleship, as well the struggles so many of us face as we journey through life.” — Rev. Wilburn Nelson, Ph.D.
I ALWAYS TOLD THE STUDENTS:
“Don’t you dare swallow everything I have to say, and feel free to question it. I would not teach it if I did not believe it to be true. My goal is to put some things into your brain basket. But I want you to sort it out, take it into the middle of your life and test it out. If in the end you consider it of no value… deposit it into the appropriate container. If you find it to be real… take it into life. God does not need me to defend him. And I will bet you will find that he understands us, and our world better than we could ever do on our own.”
Pastor Haugen holds a B.A. with a major in Western European History from the third to the nineteenth century and a minor in Political Philosophy. He also holds an M.Div. degree with a Biblical major and later completed an S.T.M degree in Old Testament studies.
The author has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church since 1973. His pastoral experience included 18 years of parish ministry and 19 years at a Lutheran High School; 17 of those years as President of this educational institution of the church. In 1997 Pastor Haugen was invited to be a guest lecturer in Bogotá, Colombia on Torah for Today and Youth Ministry and in 1999 was a participant in an International Lutheran Education Conference on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Now living on a forested acreage where two rivers meet near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, retirement has been a time for reflection on ministry, preaching by invitation (on most Sundays) and the enjoyment of family and grandchildren. In the winter months Pastor Haugen still plays hockey three or four times a week before a couple months of winter escape to Arizona.
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