In the Northern Illinois Synod, congregations are working together in a variety of ways: sharing pastoral leaders – doing educational and other ministries together – Lenten “Round Robins,” and so forth. In this workshop, the Rev. Julie Monnard, Dean of the SW Conference, will facilitate a discussion on how congregations in that conference are talking about collaboration. Also invited are several other leaders and congregations experimenting with collaborations.
Is it time to update your congregation’s constitution? Constitutions are missional documents that free the congregation to serve Christ fully and in good order. If your congregation has not updated its constitution since the Model Constitution for Congregations was updated at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, there’s no time like the present! This workshop will walk congregational leaders through the process of congregation constitution review and be a guide to update your “road map for ministry.”
Officers of NIS congregations are invited to engage in a time of conversation with Bishop Jeff Clements. Leadership can be tough regardless of the size of a congregation. What exactly is your role as an officer? What are some best practices? Bring your questions and concerns. Let’s talk!
How would you define healthy boundaries between your congregation and its rostered leadership? Why is this important? How can you strengthen the environment of your congregation so these boundaries can be lived out? Come and find out.
Thinking that God may be calling you to serve the Church as a rostered minister in the ELCA? This workshop will give an overview of the process of discerning that call and then the process of applying to enter that Candidacy process.