KP1 – Making Disciples: Core Practices That Change Lives

Sessions a, b

Yellow A1224

Pr. David Daubert

Discipleship is often one of those nebulous words that imply commitment but needs to be unpacked. Dave Daubert has worked with research and material generated in partnership with Bob Logan (a ministry leadership coach and trainer) and Charles Ridley (a sociology researcher at Texas A&M University) to focus a series of practices in ways that help Lutherans begin to be more intentional about their discipleship. Congregations can focus their equipping work in eight areas of discipleship growth, and individuals can work together to grow in them as well. Being intentional about this work can strengthen faith, deepen relationships with others with whom we journey, and set people up to be more effective as Christians in their daily lives. In this workshop we’ll explore all eight of these areas as well as three key practices that every congregation can implement to make a difference.

CL4 – Leadership Conversation with Bishop Clements

Session a

Yellow A1225

Bishop Jeffrey Clements

A critical part of the success of our congregations’ ministries comes through the work of the elected leadership, i.e., the Congregation Council. Bishop Clements will facilitate a conversation with congregational leaders about what it means to be an elected leader, and talk about some models for collaboration with the staff, especially the rostered minister. It will also be a time to talk with Bishop Clements and ask questions of him about his view of leadership in the congregation. If you wish to send a question or topic in advance, that you would like to see addressed, please submit them at

CT3 – Communication Round Table

Session a

Green A1247

Ms. Dawn Anderson, Communications Coordinator, Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline and Ms. Julie Lee, Director of Congregational Ministries, Prince of Peace, Freeport

Calling All Church Communicators: From bulletins to websites, church communicators are a vital member of each church’s staff. This is your chance to give and get technical, practical, creative, spiritual, and moral support to and from other synod communicators. Bring your questions, share ideas, discuss current trends and/or best practices.

EO1 – Creating Strong Camps for Girls

Sessions a, b

Yellow A1267

Adrienne Stafford, Organizer, Strong Girls 2 Women and Pr. Josh Ehrler

Strong Girls 2 Women (SG2W), an empowerment camp for girls, was launched in 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris to give young women a safe space to be affirmed and encouraged. With grant support from the synod Congregational Life Committee, SG2W took flight and plans to grow in 2019. Ms. Stafford will share her experience with sister churches to let folks know that summer camps like these are necessary, not terribly complicated, and worth every penny and minute of planning.

EO3 – On a Mission From God: To Invite, Inspire, Involve, and Include People in Ministry

Sessions a, b

Orange A1350

Pr. Bob Dealey

On a Mission From God is a journey of discovery that begins as you “perceive, respond to, and participate in God’s mission in the world.” It follows a simple 8-step process; each step follows a natural sequence and builds upon each of the preceding steps. The process may be used with individuals and/or groups, as they seek to discern God’s call in their lives and to carry out God’s mission in the world.

FG1 – 50Forward

Sessions a, b

Orange A1340

David Box, Lutherdale

50Forward is a ministry geared for adults. It is a growing program of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of the ELCA. 50Forward programs offer adults the opportunity for continuing education, experiential learning, faith development, fellowship, and travel.

SJ2 – 5 Cylinder Faith – Bread for the World Presentation

Sessions a, b

Orange A1339

Pr. Kenneth R. Storck, Bread for the World

This presentation will focus on the 5th promise of our Baptism: “to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Are you living fully into your baptismal promises? Are you running on all cylinders? This session will provide practical ways to live out this 5th promise both as individuals and as communities of faith. Find out what you and your congregation can do to “strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”

SJ4 – Helping Central Americans Improve Food Production, Be Given Hope, and Not Become Immigrants

Sessions a, b

Red A1363

Kevin Nelson, Growing Project Leader Ottawa-Barrington Growing Project-Growing Hope Globally and Becky Morris of Growing Hope Globally

Helping the people of Central & South America have an adequate food supply helps them to stay in their home countries and keep families together. Lutheran World Relief’s food production programs there are supported by Growing Hope Globally (formerly known as the Foods Resource Bank).

SP2 – Art as Prayer

Session a

Yellow A1268

Pr. Susan Davenport

In this workshop, we will share a faith-based art project while considering what the author Matthew Fox has to say about the “Via Creativa.” We will also exchange thoughts and ideas of art that takes place in your places of worship. NO experience necessary. Bring scissors and a glue stick (some on hand for those who forget). NO experience necessary!

WO1 – ELCA Worship Planning Resources

Session a

Green A1222

Deacon John Weit, Program Director for Music, Office of the Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

This workshop will introduce (or review) the many resources centered around Evangelical Lutheran Worship for planning worship. Special emphasis will be placed on materials to help deepen knowledge and involvement in worship including the important role of music in the weekly assembly. Whether you are new to ELCA worship resources or use them regularly, take a deeper dive into the tools available to help you and your congregation in planning and leading worship.

YF3 – UNITE Service Camp–Serving locally shapes lives!

Sessions a only (session c cancelled)

Blue C1207

Pastor Bree Truax representing Sauk Valley UNITE

Do you long to make a difference in your community and in the lives of young people? Come and learn about UNITE Service Camp! UNITE is a 3.5 day local mission trip where youth paint homes for people in need in their community. Learn about how to participate in Sauk Valley UNITE Service Camp in 2019 and how to launch a UNITE Service Camp in your area.

EO4 – Journeying Together with the LGBTQ+ community!

Session a

Red A1375

Pr. Mike Thomas and Intern Alfi Wyatt

How does the church create a safe place to welcome and support the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate the diversity that God has created? Relations between the LGBTQ+ community and the church have often been strained and complicated due to lack of understanding and ignorance. Join us for a discussion about the ways to be a welcoming community, the importance of being such, and a general overview of terms.