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Conference on Ministry 2021

Agenda for Conference on Ministry

Online June 16 & 17

It’s time for Conference on Ministry 2021. 

This year’s Conference on Ministry will be held on June 16th and 17th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm EST (12:00pm to 4:00pm CST) online each day. Our Keynote Speaker will be Bishop Craig Satterlee of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod ELCA. There will also be six unique workshop opportunities. Each participant will be able to join two workshops per day.

Registration is now open. Use the links below to register online and pay your registration fee. The cost of Conference on Ministry is $40 per person.

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We will be offering six exciting workshops, with three different workshops held each day. You will be able to select two to attend on each day of the conference. You can make your selections when you register.

Day One Workshop Options:

Growing Young

Unleashing the passion of young people in our congregations is possible! Mr. Andy Jung from the Fuller Youth Institute will be introducing us to the research and possibilities with regard to “Growing Young” in our congregations. Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovation churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and are growing spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically.

Reconciling in Christ: What You Don’t Know

Although the Reconciling in Christ initiative was created as a way of identifying ELCA congregations that would welcome the LGBTQ+ community, it has become a tool that empowers congregations for important conversations about race, gender, diversity, and inclusion.
Pastor Paul Gibson will facilitate a conversation about why RIC is still a vital resource for congregations in this synod.

Just Love

In 2020, the Florida-Bahamas Synod organized the Bishop’s Racial Justice Think Tank to respond to the crisis of racial injustice in our communities.
From that response, a new team has blossomed – one rooted in biblical love, justice, and service. Join the Just Love team for a conversation on racial justice response, new initiatives, and ways to mobilize your congregation and community in the movement for equality.

Day Two Workshop Options:

Discover Global Mission

Join Rev. Kathryn Carroll, Chair of the Synod Global Mission Table, to learn about our companion relationships and what it means to walk in accompaniment.
Discover how being involved in Global Mission can energize your congregation and expand its vision! Come learn what God is up to as we journey together with sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the Caribbean Basin.

Hybrid Ministry in a Post-Pandemic Church

Ryan Panzer, author of “Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture,” will lead this special workshop on creating hybrid ministry in the time after the Covid pandemic.
Together we will imagine a future where digital apps and tools deepen faith formation, enrich congregational bonds, and strengthen Christian fellowship, even as our buildings reopen.

Stewardship in Our Post-Covid World

COVID-19 has greatly changed our world, and because of this, our stewardship programs must also adapt to our new future. So where do we begin? How do we grow stewardship in this new normal?
Mike Ward, known for the successful Stewardship in All Seasons program, will present a new stewardship program adjusted for the post-pandemic church. He will also be answering questions.

About Bishop Satterlee’s Presentation:

Preaching in a Changing Church

“So [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid” (Mark 16:8).
Those women are very wise to keep silence for a time. For they knew that Christ’s resurrection changed everything. I wonder whether we as a church will be equally wise and keep silent for a time as we emerge from the tomb of pandemic. Or will we move quickly to declare how life is and what will be? The only constant is God’s love and abundant life in Jesus Christ. So, we need to know where Jesus is when we preach (Lecture #1). Then we need to understand the dynamics of change and transition and how the field of homiletics invites us to consider them (Lecture #2). Ours is a time to join Jesus on the sea of change and trust him amid the wind and the waves (Mark 14:22-33).
Craig Alan Satterlee taught preaching at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the University of Notre Dame before being called as bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod ELCA.