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Melanie Ave

Communications manager, Concordia Seminary St. Louis

Melanie Ave is the communications manager for Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Before that, she was communications director for Smile Squared and a writer, editor and social media coordinator for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She was a journalist for 18 years, working for newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.

Work and prayer

Trappist monks become entrepreneurs. Brothers at a monastery in Missouri run a business enterprise while also dedicating their lives to God.

Nathalie Nelson Parker

Reflective Leadership Grants offer a step back

“The ability to slow down ... allowed me time to listen, explore and be more impactful for the communities I am called to serve.” 

— Nathalie Nelson Parker, Civitas Consulting Group 

Christian leaders from a variety of roles are welcome to apply. The grants provide “balcony time” to reflect on accomplishments, broaden perspectives and discern next steps. The application deadline is May 28, 2024.

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