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Equipping Congregations Day

February 10, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Vinje Lutheran & Bethel Lutheran, Willmar, MN

Registration Information:
Registration fee includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.
Complete the online registration and pay online or mail payment by Thursday, February 1.
Registration will close if we reach maximum capacity -OR- February 1 @ 5:00 p.m.
Group Rate (no limit!):

  • $75/Congregations or Parishes with total average
    worship attendance of 100 or less
  • $150/Congregations or Parishes with total average
    worship attendance of 101 or more
  • OR $25/Person

Click here to register!

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. 

After registering, your congregation’s contact person will receive a confirmation email containing your event location. If you do not receive a confirmation email with your event location, be sure to contact Kristin Bakeberg, at the SW MN Synod office: [email protected] or 507-637-3904.

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton Presiding Bishop of the ELCA

All are welcome!
Congregation Members, Council Officers, Christian Educators, Worship & Youth Leaders, Pastors… Everyone!

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be our keynote speaker for the day, speaking on the theme of Everyday Reformers. 

Elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Wooster.

Ordained in 1981, Eaton served three different congregations in Ohio as assistant pastor, interim pastor and pastor before being elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.

Click here to read Presiding Bishop Eaton’s complete biography and to view the Presiding Bishop’s messages and statements.

Your Bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod, The Rev. Jon V. Anderson, will share stories of everyday reformers in your SW MN Synod. He will reflect light toward some of the bright spots across our synod.

Special Announcement!
The ELCA Communications Team will be joining us to film Bishop Eaton. Bp. Eaton’s message maybe used in the 2018 churchwide assembly video offered to ALL the synod assemblies throughout the ELCA.The team is thrilled to be coming and we are honored to host. Individuals may be filmed during the making of this video.

The ELCA and the SW MN Synod may at times use photographs of event attendees for purposes of publicity on behalf of the ELCA or Synod, via the Internet, print publications, and other media. Individuals are responsible for removing themselves from areas in which photography and/or filming is taking place, or notifying the camera operator of their opt-out status. We will make every effort to honor that individual’s wishes.

Attend your choice of 3 of the following workshops
Becoming an Effective Treasurer
Insurance Issues Facing Today’s Church
Smart Practices for Everyday Well Being
Living With Your Best Intentions in Your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and beyond
Taking A Group to Houston – the ELCA Youth Gathering
Digital Engagement for Ministry
Death and Dying: Ministry at the End of Life
Top 10 Conversations Every 21st Century Church Must Have
From Somalia To Snow
Cultivating Healthy Church Leaders
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Resiliency and Self-Healing Communities
The New Rules of Money
Whose Job Is It Anyway?
And Who Is My Neighbor
Developing a Congregational Culture of Generosity
Millennials and Generation Z “take on” Jesus
Fandoms: A Model For The Future Church?
Music That Makes Community
Love Thy Neighbor
Coping with Unexpected Grief
Online Safety for Kids in Rural MN
Spirituality and the Old Testament
Is the Camp Experience Limited to One Week?
Social Statement on Women and Justice

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February 10, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm