Pr. David Daubert
Congregations where people are passive about their faith and then wait for visitors to come, often wait a long time. Congregations where people are active in their faith and invite people to come often discover great joy in communicating their faith and inviting others into the life of the church. A healthy congregation knows why new people would benefit from coming, provides good tools for members to use to invite, and trains people to bring people with them to worship and other places in the life of the church. In this workshop, we’ll explore these key areas and share very useful and practical insights from Dave’s popular book, The Invitational Christian.
Sessions b, c
Pr. Amy Current, Vice President for Admissions and Student Services, Wartburg Seminary, Deacon Cheryl Erdmann, Assistant to the Bishop, and Members of the Candidacy Sub-Committee
Feeling that tug to becoming a pastor or deacon? Know someone who exhibits indications that s/he may be called to be a deacon or pastor? Unlike in the “olden days,” the process of candidacy for rostered ministry offers many different paths. Come and find out about candidacy in 2019!
Ms. June Cain, Synod Bookkeeper and Pr. Gary Erickson, DEM/Assistant to the Bishop
A review of the IRS 8822-B form, Clergy Housing Allowance, and other topics will be covered with a question and answer session, if time permits. A handout of Resources for Congregational Treasurers will be distributed at this session.
Ms. Julie Lee, Director of Congregational Ministries, Prince of Peace, Freeport
Get more reach out of your Facebook page! Learn how to use Facebook as a tool for outreach (and “inreach“). In this session, learn how to create an event (including creating event graphics), promote events, boost events, how to use Facebook Insights, and how to grow your audience. This session is NOT for beginners. If you are a beginner, please go to the Facebook Basics workshop.
Sessions b, c
Pr. Michael Thomas, Janice Forrest, Ron Simmons, and Jane Lightcap
Zion Lutheran Church will share their experience in going on a cross-cultural, inter-generational, Washington, D.C. Trip in the summer of 2018 with 13 teenagers and 21 adults to share and learn about the diverse experience of people in the USA. We will talk about what it was like to reflect on the joys and sorrows of the American experience. God has blessed us in this country but there are many burdens we carry that have long too often been ignored. We are called to walk together in this journey.
Sessions b, c
Michael Johnson, Lutheran World Relief * IMA World Health
LWR shipped 323,610 quilts around the world in 2018 to 18 countries. Many came from this synod. See how they make a difference and learn about the other important work of Lutherans across the globe!
Amy Hoening, Carol Erickson, Pr. Katie Gallagher, & Kent Terry of NIS Hunger Subcommittee
Learn about a group that cycled from Rockford to Synod Assembly. How they raised funds and awareness for a just world where all are fed. Come and discover the 2019 route and how you can get involved even if you don’t ride a bike.
Pr. Robin Caldwell, chair NIS Social Ministry Committee
God calls us to diversity, social justice, and evangelism. How are we reaching, including, and responding to our neighbors of differing races and cultures in the Northern Ilinois Synod, and how can we do more? Bring your thoughts and dreams to this brainstorming session.
Donna Kelly, Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, Huntley
The focus will be on how to begin a grief journey group in a congregation. I will tell my story and how this group functions in our congregation.
Pr. Vince Marolla, Beacon of Hospice
Pastor Vince has been involved in hospice ministry for 19 years. In this workshop, he will share some of his experiences around death and dying. The workshop will also provide opportunities for the participants to share some of their own experiences around the same subject.
Sessions a, b, c
Pastor Wayne Melaas-Swanson and Dr. Randy Mullin – Living Water Via de Cristo
Exploring an opportunity to renew and grow in our faith that motivates us in Christian action in our congregations through the Living Water Via de Cristo ministry.
Sessions b, c
Pr. Julie Monnard
Sharing a storytelling of a Bible passage often can have a greater impact and hold an audience longer than simply reading from the Bible. This workshop will provide samples of BibleTellings and examples of when telling a Bible story can be used in worship, education, and other ministries.
Sessions a only (session c cancelled)
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.
Pr. Jeff Schlesinger, Pr. Scott Ralston, Pr. Carol Soderholm, Mary Foskit, Linda Weidenbach, and Rebecca Keller (from the Creation Care Committee)
Loving Creation at Church and at Home, is a look at what we can do in response to the changes in the life of our planet. We will begin the session presenting information about the Season of Creation, a wonderful way to help our churches engage in environmental awareness as part worship. Pr. Jeff Schlesinger will talk about the various parts of the liturgy and how to integrate them into one’s congregation. The second half of the session will look at what we can do to be good stewards of creation in our churches and communities in what might be a “post-recycling” era in the United States. This part of the session will include several testimonies regarding recycling, composting, nature conservation, and a time for discussing best practices.
Joy Medrano, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Your legislators want to hear from you! Join us for an interactive workshop that will give you practical tools to be successful.