Sometimes churches get so preoccupied with their own programs and a get-it-done approach to mission that they lose sight of their ultimate purpose. Lee Roorda Schott’s experience as a pastor behind prison walls taught her that the true essence of the church’s mission must be love born of real, authentic relationship. Click here to read her article published by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership website.
Lee Roorda Schott is pastor of Women at the Well United Methodist Church. Located in the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa, it is one of only two United Methodist congregations within prisons in the United States. She is author of Foolish Church: Messy, Raw, Real, and Making Room.