Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, North American Lutheran Church

Speaking on the last day of the International Conference on Confessional Lutheranism, Peachtree City, Ga., the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba of the North America Lutheran Church asked global Lutherans to “be a praying church.”

Buba presented on the topic of Witness (Martyria), urging leaders, “Don’t try to figure out missional strategies and plans. Jesus never outsourced missional leadership to anyone.” Instead, he said, “Ask. Be on your knees. Let us be a praying church one more time,” reminding attendees that Witness work is “in the hand of the Holy Spirit.”

“There is no one . . . who knows better how to do mission that the Designer, the Leader, the Holy Spirit,” Buba noted. “My Jesus spent most of His days praying: in isolated places, gardens, upper rooms, lower rooms. He was praying.”

“A church that doesn’t pray,” he added, “will be powerless.