BIG thank you for all the people who helped make our 2017 Equipping Congregations Day so successful.
We are so grateful for the planning team which included: Pastors Janine Olson, Maggie Cummings, Elan Hacker and Linda Pedersen, Minister Michelle Kleene, Jenni Thorpe, Jayme Winter, Caitlin Kodet and John Jahr. The host churches of Bethel and Vinje in Willmar and all their congregational hosts did a great job of making everyone feel welcomed and helped the day move smoothly.
We had wonderful keynote speakers in Rozella White and Bp. Jon Anderson with some help from Pastors Larry Strenge and Andrew Hermodson-Olsen. All 30 workshops were presented by local leaders, sharing what they have learned in their own settings about ministry, both what works and ministry challenges. Both John Jahr at Vinje and Jim Nelson from River of Hope provided inspiring song leadership.
There were about 650 participants from 115 congregations. We are encouraged to keep providing this equipping day for the encouragement, inspiration and support of our Southwestern Minnesota Synod congregations.
As we say thank you for this year’s equipping event, we invite you to mark your calendars for February 10, 2018, when Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Elizabeth Eaton will be our keynote speaker. Because of Bishop Eaton’s schedule the 2018 event will be a little earlier in the month.