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2020 Equipping Congregations Day

February 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Vinje Lutheran & Bethel Lutheran, Willmar, MN

-Congregation Members
-Council Officers
-Christian Educators
-Worship & Youth Leaders
-Pastors… Everyone!

Childcare Available!

We will be using the buildings of both Vinje and Bethel Lutheran Churches in Willmar to accommodate up to 1000 registrants. Both locations will have the same program elements, the schedules will just be in a different order. The keynote speaker and workshop leaders will move between the two church buildings. Your congregation’s event location will be confirmed after registering online.

The ECD registration looks a little different this year. There will be no late registration fee. Fees will be calculated  per person until you reach your congregation/parish cap fee. We are trying to be mindful of the amount of food we order for lunch. We always have an abundance of food left over. Getting an accurate count for registration will help.

Congregations or Parishes with total average worship attendance of 100 or less

– $30 per person or a congregation/parish cap of $90

Congregations or Parishes with total average worship attendance of 101 or more

– $30 per person or a congregation/parish cap of $180

When you pay the congregation/parish cap fee you can bring as many people as you wish!

Click here to register!

Childcare will be at Vinje Lutheran Church. Teachers from the Loving Arms Child Care Center will be providing the care.

There are no drop-ins! All children must be registered.

Registration will be first come, first served. There is NO additional cost for childcare as long as your congregation is registered. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must register with their child(ren). Please do not include them in your congregation’s count on the Equipping Congregations Day registration. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will attend at the same location as their child(ren).

Click here to register for childcare. 

Keynote Speaker: Pastor David J. Lose, Senior Pastor serving Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

David Lose, ECD Speaker
Pastor David J. Lose

Entering the Bible with Heart, Mind, and Soul
Lutherans eagerly affirm that Scripture is the Word of God. But what do we mean when we say that? Given the gamut of ways of reading Scripture — running from “it’s a collection of human wisdom” to “it’s inerrant and inspired” — what do Lutherans really believe? In what ways, that is, do we believe Scripture is true? How does it function as a useful guide and norm for our faith and life? What do we do with “difficult passages” that seems violent or exclusionary? Answering these questions is crucial if we are to allow our lives to be shaped by God’s Word and invite others into our faith communities anchored in the preaching and teaching of the Scriptures. Join us for a day of learning, practical exercises, and discussion as we immerse ourself in God’s living and dynamic word.


Click here to view workshop descriptions. 

The synod’s e-newsletter will be highlighting workshop descriptions!

Attend your choice of 3 out of 24 workshops.

-Church Treasurer Alert! – Your job just became more difficult!
-Responding to Childhood Trauma as Church: How to do it…and why?
-And who is my Neighbor?: Getting to know your neighbor of a different faith
-Looking for Buried Treasure: Uncovering the hidden gifts people want to give your ministry
-Suicide Awareness and Prevention
-The Rules of Improv Comedy for Everyday Ministry
-The Intersection of Staying Young, Growing Old and Meeting in the Middle with Grace
-Exploring the Narrative Lectionary
-Safety and Security at Church: One congregation’s experience
-ELCA Youth Gathering in our Backyard! It’s time to plan
-Music and Mission: from rural roots to global family
-Congregational Vitality: Let it shine!
-Eating our way into and out of climate change?
-Leading the Congregation in a Polarized World
-What’s Cooking in the ELCA?
-Gifts of Grace: Toward Financial Wellness
-Farm and Rural Stress: Origins and ways to help
-Millennials, Generation Z, and the Church: How future generations are already leading us into new life as church
-Hearing Voices: Creative Uses of memory and story in the congregation
-From Candidacy to Call Committee: A journey of discernment
-The Living, Breathing, Ever-changing Document: The church constitution
-Let’s Talk about _____, Baby! Navigating tough conversations with youth in the church
-Elders Rising : “Ministry with older Adults on the New Frontier of Aging”
-The Holy Spirit, Faith Formation, and “Care of Souls”

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February 29
8:30 am - 3:30 pm