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2021 Fall Theological Conference

October 11 - October 12

“Leadership in a Time When Everything Has and Hasn’t Changed”

October 11-12, 2021 – Zoom Gathering

Welcome to this year’s Fall Theological Conference planned especially for Pastors, Deacons, TEEM Students, Interns, Synodically Authorized Lay Ministers, and paid staff youth coordinators. To ensure the greatest comfort and safety for participants, this year’s conference again will be an online gathering via Zoom.

Speakers: Dr. Terri Elton, Professor of Leadership at Luther Seminary and Dr. Michael Chan, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary.

By action of the 1988 Synod Assembly, this conference has been designated as an “official synodical event.” This means that all pastors and deacons under call or appointment are expected to attend. If you need to be absent, please email Bishop Dee Pederson at dee.pederson@swmnelca.org and CC Kristin Bakeberg, kristin.bakeberg@swmnelca.org in your email.

Registration Information:

Speakers will be presenting at the synod office to a live Zoom room and in person to a small group. The majority of FTC attendees will attend by Zoom. Only 15 people may attend in person at the synod office using both large meeting rooms. Those attending in person are required to wear a mask indoors. Registration to attend in person will be at a first come, first serve basis.

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 1st

Click here to register!

Registration fee: $30 per person.

Registration is per person, even if you are gathering as a small group you will need to register separately. Zoom links will be emailed one week prior to the conference.

Recording Policy: We will be sharing the conference recording after the FTC for a modest additional fee of $15 to replay for personal use. Even If you have an excused absence, you still need to register and pay the registration fee of $30, plus the recording fee of $15. With an online conference and because of the digital format, this policy honors our speakers and our participation together. We value your online presence.

Conference Schedule:

Monday, October 11th

10:00-10:45 a.m. – Welcome and Worship

10:45-12:00 p.m. – Speaker Terri Elton, Ph.D. Professor of Leadership, Luther Seminary

12:15-1:00 – Lunch Break

1:15-2:30 – Speaker Michael J. Chan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

2:30-3:15 – Ministry Information

3:15-6:30 – Open Time and time for dinner

6:30-7:30 – Both speakers present together: Michael Chan & Terri Elton

7:30-8:30 – Bishop’s Time: Rev. Dr. Dee Pederson


Tuesday, October 12th

8:30 a.m. – Gather

8:45-10:15 – Both speakers present together: Michael Chan & Terri Elton

10:15-10:45 – Break

10:45-11:15 – Ministry Information

11:15- 12:00 p.m. – Worship

12:00 – Sending



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