Dale Lusk Family
Dale Lusk attended North Park Theological Seminary, in Chicago, and earned a Master of Divinity degree. With the blessing of the Evangelical Covenant Church leaders, Dale started Merge Ministries in 1993 and has been the Executive Director of the ministry for over 20 years. Dale lives in Mission, Texas, with his wife, Sara, and their children. Dale is currently part of the World Mission staff of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is an ordained pastor, and is commissioned as a Special Project missionary of the denomination.
Merge Ministries is a ministry of the Covenant partnering with international evangelical organizations, in order to encourage local ministries and enhance what they are doing in their communities.
1. Covenant Church – our primary objective is giving Covenant churches from around the world an opportunity to partner with Covenant ministries and partner evangelical ministries around the world, However, Merge is not exclusively Covenant and is open to other evangelical groups participating in the ministry.
2. Partnering – our objective is for a partnership to be developed for that week, if not for longer. The visiting team is not doing things FOR the local ministry, but WITH them.
3. Community – the focus is on ministry outside of the local church including evangelism and social ministry; in the neighborhood and surrounding areas of the church. There is less emphasis on ministry for the church and in the church.
4. Ministry – this is Christ-centered and Kingdom furthering, not just a learning activity or social project.
5. Encourage – knowing community ministry to often be discouraging, frustrating, and tiring, a goal of the team’s visit is to encourage the local ministry staff, leadership, and members, by being with them as partners in ministry. In order to do this, relationships need to be established.
6. Enhance – expecting the local ministry to already be involved in community ministry, the skills, gifts and experience of the visiting team members are to be utilized to strengthen and support what the local organization is doing. The hope is having the mission team involved will make the community ministries more successful.