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.

KP2 – The Invitational Christian

Session c

Yellow A1224

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.

CL2 – Called to Lead: God’s Call, Your Vocation

Sessions b, c

Red A1365

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!

CL4 – Leadership Conversation with Bishop Clements

Session b

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 nisynod.org/cre/question.

CT1 – Church Facebook Page Basics

Session b

Orange A1345

Ms. Dawn Anderson, Communications Coordinator, Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline

Create or improve your church Facebook Page. In this session, you will learn step by step instructions about how to create a Facebook Page, best practices of administering the page, best practices of posting (how often, content, scheduling posts, etc), and how to promote your page.

CT2 – Church Facebook Pages-Beyond the Basics

Session c

Orange A1345

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.

CT3 – Communication Round Table

Session a

Orange A1345

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.

FG2 – DC Trip 2018: A Multi-Cultural and Inter-Generation Journey

Sessions b, c

Orange A1338

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.

FG3 – Growing in Faith through diakonia™

Session b

Red A1364

Vicar Denise Rode and Pr. Doug Liston

Learn about the NIS diakonia™ program from its students, graduates,  teaching pastors, and coordinators. The diakonia™ journey is offered at several locations across the synod. Prospective students can learn about the “classic” diakonia™ program while graduates of the program will hear about a new level of diakonia™ being piloted this year.

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 – Growing Project Leader

Sessions a, b

Red A1363

Kevin Nelson, 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).

SJ5 – How to Write a Grant to ELCA World Hunger to Help Your Food Ministry

Session b

Green A1220

Iain Chester, Manager Network Engagement, ELCA World Hunger, Hester Bury, Northern Illinois Food Bank; Cindi Gramenz, Christian Care

Hear stories from local food ministries on how they approach breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger in their communities. Learn the process of applying for ELCA Domestic World Hunger grants in order to work towards a just world where all are fed.

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

Gymnasium

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.

WO2 – New Music for Assembly Singing

Session b

Gymnasium

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

In this session, we will sing together some of the new music published in the last several years as part of the expanding Evangelical Lutheran Worship family of resources. Included will be music for seasonal services, music for paperless singing, and music from ELW and ecumenical partners that may be new to your community. Tips for incorporating and teaching new music to assemblies will be reviewed. This workshop would be ideal for musicians, those who plan and lead worship, and anyone with an appreciation for incorporating music in worship.

WO4 – Using Storytelling in Ministry

Sessions b, c

Green A1221

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.

YF3 – UNITE Service Camp–Serving locally shapes lives!

Sessions a, b

Purple C1254

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.