The Fall Theological Conference is coming fast! Here is more information to help you plan.
Registration will be from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Sunday at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in the lobby. If you are arriving after that time, please register on Monday morning beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Our theological focus will be on the theme, Equipping Disciples to Communicate in God’s Ongoing Reformation. Our primary speakers will be:
Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and The Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary
Karoline will be teaching her first session Sunday evening and her second on Monday morning. Her titles and descriptions will be posted on our news blog when it becomes available, she has been out of the country traveling.
Mr. Scott Vaughan, Scott Vaughan Communications, LLC
Session One: Church Communication Today (when you really just want the bulletin finished by Sunday) In this session, I’m going to cover some things we need to know about people today and how they approach the church. I’m also going to cover messages that move people to action and communication methods. During the methods part of the presentation, I’m going to go through the 7-8 primary ways churches communicate and share some “real talk” about what works and what doesn’t, and how to set up a management system that really works. I’m also going to talk about budget some, too. I’m going to do this in a priority order and help them understand how to phase it in so they don’t drown.
Session Two: Hospitality Ministry & Follow-Up with Guests
This is a very important session for church leaders because how we receive the people coming our way determines how they connect with us (or don’t) and that will affect our reputation in the community over time. I’m going to take some time to talk, too, about follow-up with guests because that’s often the area churches fail at the most.
All conference handouts will be posted here: https://swmnelca.org/category/fall-theological-conference/. This link is found on our website by going to the news tab on the homepage, then clicking the Fall Theological Conference category.
(Handouts will be posted when they become available)
Schedule Change! This year our conference schedule will look a little different with the Bishop’s Time early afternoon on Monday with no TED Talks or workshops. Instead we wanted to up lift the following guest speakers throughout the conference:
Brooks Rankin will be joining us Sunday evening. Brooks is the Financial Planning Manager at Portico Benefit Services. Brooks will have a table out in the lobby throughout the conference to work directly with members to provide planning services as part of their financial wellness benefit, as well as provide guidance and support to a group of amazing financial planners who offer the same professional, unbiased guidance to Portico members.
Peter Solie from Dialog Works will be doing a short introduction about “Hope in Christ” Monday morning. “Hope in Christ” is a discerning project for small congregations to discerning the future. He will be available to meet with pastors at 3:30 during the “Meeting Time for Self-Organized Networks.”
Dr. Adam DeHoek the Program Director of Resourceful Servants will be sharing important information with you Monday afternoon about the ELCA’s savings matching pilot programs available to pastors. IMPORTANT! To qualify for the Emergency Savings Matching Pilot Program and the Readiness for Retirement Saving Matching Pilot Program you MUST complete the Financial Wellness Assessment by September 15, 2017. Click here to learn more.
“It’s very easy. I didn’t need to find any paperwork. There were links for the number I needed from Portico.” – SW MN Synod Pastor who completed the Financial Wellness Assessment.
Our South African brothers and sisters will also be joining us! A group of 8 lay preachers will be attending the whole conference and 6 others will be coming for Monday only. We are grateful they can be with us.
Sunday and Monday evenings we will be having a social hour in the Great Room. Please bring your own beverage and snack to share. On Monday evening we will be showing the Movie: Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World.
What to bring?
- Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW)
- Offering for the ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response & the Embrace God’s Mission + Equip God’s People Funding Initiative.
All housing accommodations are separate for the conference registration. If you have not yet made your accommodations please do so. We have had some roommate requests if you are looking to room with someone to cut costs. Give me a Kristin Bakeberg a call at 507-637-3904, she will let you know who is looking for a roommate.