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Conference on Ministry

Conference on Ministry 2018

The Conference on Ministry in 2018 is scheduled for Nov. 5-7, 2018.

***PLEASE NOTE that the Conference on Ministry is happening over election day (Nov. 6).  Please plan ahead so you can participate in voting in your context.

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Up on the Rooftop: Conference on Ministry, 2018. 

Peter was changed by spending time on the roof.  He stopped on his journey and spent time in prayer, and the vision he received while on the roof transformed his vision for mission, his vision for himself as a leader, and his vision of the ministry to which he was called.  At this year’s Conference on Ministry, you are invited to take an intentional stop along the journey to gather ‘on the rooftop to pray,’ so that we, together, might be transformed in our vision for mission, leadership and ministry.

LOCATION: Life Enrichment Center: 4991 PICCIOLA RD., FRUITLAND PARK, FL 34731 – PHONE: (352) 787-0313 (Map of Life Enrichment Center)

SPEAKERS: Keynote presenters and facilitators will be Pr. David Hansen and Jessica Noonan, ministry coaches with LEAD (

REGISTRATION: click HERE to go to the registration page



Meeting of Deans and New to the Synod (Sunday-Monday, Nov. 4-5)

3:00 Deans, New to the Synod may check in
4:30 meet, greet, intros (GREEN room)
5:30 Dinner
7:00 Time with the Bishop (GOLD room)
8:00 Worship (GOLD room), followed by fellowship

7:30-8:15 Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:00 New Kids (Room 1 – Auditorium)
Deans (Room 2 – Auditorium)
Break (coffee in lobby)
10:00 New Kids (Room 1)
Deans (Room 2)
12:00-1:00 LUNCH

Conference on Ministry 2018

November 5-7, 2018

1:00PM           Welcome, Introductions, Overview of Agenda, Prayer (Auditorium)
1:30             Session 1: LEAD
Encountering the Remarkable God
You will learn how to open yourself up to God’s new vision for your ministry, and how to see your ministry through the lens of God’s remarkable vision
(Content Goal: Get a new mindset)

2:30             YAGM reports, synod lawyer presentation
3:45             announcements
4:00             Break
4:30             Eucharist
6:00             Dinner
7:30             Bishop’s Time  (Auditorium)
9:00             Ice Cream Social Reception

after the Ice Cream Social: Young Rostered Ministers meet ‘n greet (Hospitality Lounge, Building #1)

7:30AM          Breakfast
8:15            Morning Prayer (Auditorium)
9:00            Announcements, Portico, Compensation Guidelines report
9:30            Session 2: LEAD
Looking out from the Rooftop
You will learn how to put your ministry into perspective – how to go up on the rooftop and chart a new direction, and how to develop metrics that will help you to re-vitalize your ministry
(Content Goal: Get new knowledge)

10:45           Break
11:00       Session 3: LEAD
Transforming Ministry
In light of the God’s rooftop vision for your ministry, you will learn tools to share that vision with the neighborhood and move toward that vision
(Content Goal: Get new skills)

12:00           Lunch
Afternoon     **See below
5:30PM          Dinner
7:30PM          Community Conversations (auditorium)
8:30            Evening Prayer
9:00 PM         Ice Cream Social


7:30AM          Breakfast
8:45            Gathering Music
9:00            Session 4: LEAD
Taking it Home
Finally, we will learn two concrete ways to take that rooftop vision back home with us – one which will help us to stay connected to our neighborhood and one that will help us to return to the rooftop again and again.
(Content Goal: Get new resource)

10:00           Announcements/thank yous
10:15           Prepare for worship
10:30           Closing Worship


Tuesday Afternoon
Luther Springs Field Trip** 
Golf Outing – Plantation Golf Club (SEPARATE COST)
1:00 PM – Deans, Staff and Latino Pastors meet and greet (Room 1)
1:00 PM — Rostered Deacons gathering (Room 2)
1:00 PM – 1:1 conversations with Portico (Cafeteria)
2:00 PM — First Call Theological Education (Room 3)
2:00 PM – Focus Conversation on Children/youth ministry (Rm 4)
2:00-4:00 — David and Jessica available for one-on-one conversations
4:00 — Coffee, Choruses and Jam (auditorium)
Other focus/interest groups as requested can meet throughout the afternoon.
Meetings with the Bishop (Prayer Chapel)
Networking/intentional conversations


**Pr. Jan Setzler and Dale Nettnin will once again be coordinating a visit to Luther Springs.  They will have 2 mini-vans present Tuesday to take people to Luther Springs for a quick tour of the site that includes the newly dedicated Mission Possible projects and the site for the chapel’s construction.  We will eat a quick lunch at LEC and depart for Luther Springs – to return in time for dinner and the evening schedule at the Life Enrichment Center. And, as PHam might say (not… “it’s practically free”)…. “it’s completely free”.

Keynote Speakers:  David Hansen and Jessica Noonan

David Hansen—Director of Communication & Innovation

First and foremost, I am a congregational pastor. This is my passion and the calling I give my time and energy to.

I also believe that church is more than congregation and that when we can help each other to share the Good News and grow God’s Kingdom, we should.

This conviction has brought me around the country as I help congregations and organizations to communicate more effectively and pass the faith on from generation to generation.

As a volunteer I have been on the communications team of the Gulf Coast Synod for many years, I served on the five person Social Media Team of the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, and I am a part of the leadership team for the Church Social Media community, helping the church to use digital tools to share the Good News.


Jessica Noonan—Director of Operations / LEAD Consultant

Jessica Noonan has served in professional congregational, synodical and churchwide ministry for over 20 years with focus on children, youth, and family ministries.  She is passionate about creating spaces and opportunities in faith communities and homes that grow healthy disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jessica serves as the Director of Operations and as a LEAD consultant.

Display Tables

As in years past, there will be a limited number of display tables to highlight a variety of ministries and resources from the synod and churchwide expression.  Here is a list of who will be at COM this year:


  • ELCA Global Church (Katie Elkin-Elkin_Bio)
  • Lutheran Counseling Services (Dr. Rick Armstrong)
  • Mission Investment Fund (Deacon Jerry Johnson)
  • ELCA Foundation (Pr. Ana Lugo)
  • Village on the Isle (Pr. Don Hellerich)
  • NovusWay/Luther Springs (Pr. Jan Setzler)
  • FBSynod Resource Center (Sr. Michelle Collins/Rebecca Parker)
  • Portico (Cathy Schibler)
  • ELCA World Hunger (Barbara Miller)
  • FBSynod Youth Ministry (Deacon Sue Mendenhall)
  • FBSynod Global Mission Committee (PJ May)
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