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Youth & Family Ministry provides opportunities for the youth of the Eastern North Dakota Synod to gather and share their faith through experiences that challenge, encourage, nurture, and foster faithful leadership. Several events are scheduled throughout the calendar year. Click here to learn more about EaND's youth and family ministries...
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The EaND Synod Women of the ELCA (SWO) is the regional expression of WELCA governed by its own constitution. Officers and board members (download .pdf file) are elected at the WELCA Synodical Convention each fall. Spring Cluster Gatherings are held in each conference.
25 Years of Being Disciples of Jesus Christ: Reflect on the Past, Embrace the Future
Theme Verse: Matthew 28:19-20
September 15, 2012
Red Willow Bible Camp - Binford, ND
This year’s theme is 25 Years of Being Disciples of Jesus Christ: Reflect on the Past, Embrace the Future with Valora Starr, WELCA Director for Discipleship, as the featured speaker focusing on disciples. In addition to Valora, Rev. Sara Larsen Tade will bring a special message to the assembly from the CAR and Rev. Mike Jacobson will lead Bible study. The day will be packed with exciting speakers, information, and spiritual renewal including: WELCA (churchwide) Board representative Charleen Walker-Horton, Lutheran Social Serices, Central African Republic visitor reports, workshops, and elections (president, secretary, cluster reps), and committee and financial reports.
Contact Julie Garrett, Women of the ELCA president in the Eastern North Dakota Synod, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about WELCA activities in Eastern North Dakota.
Visit the WELCA website (external link) for information on the national organization.Back to top
The Eastern North Dakota Synod Endowment Fund to sustain rural ministry and enhance quality pastoral leadership is intended to help sustain vital, viable ministry in Eastern North Dakota for years to come. The Synod Council authorized the establishment of the Fund, and the initial resolution was overwhelmingly passed by the Eastern North Dakota Synod Assembly on March 25, 2000.Back to top
Lutheran Planned Giving Partnership (LPGP) was organized in 1994 as a complimentary service to congregations and individuals within the Eastern North Dakota Synod.
Led by Julie Johnson, the purpose of LPGP is to serve congregations and their members in various aspects related to charitable giving. Services include assisting the leadership with the establishing and enhancement of congregational endowment funds. Sunday temple talks along with presentations related to wills, estates and gift planning are provided. Individual assistance in charitable planning endeavors for all ELCA ministries, locally, synod-wide and church-wide is available.
Interested in hosting gift planning seminar? Download 3 Reasons to Host a "Wills, Estates, and Gift Planning Seminar" (download .pdf file) for more information.
More information and ideas on how to plan your gift can be found online at the ELCA Foundation (external link).Back to top
Formerly known as GIFTS and Discipleship on the Prairie
Mission: To equip lay leaders with the newest, freshest, best practices for using their God given gifts in service to the congregation.
The role of pastor is complex and ever-changing. In a world where faith issues are too often drowned out by competing voices, pastors are ever more vital in community leadership and they must find ways to share the demands of ministry. Adult Education and lay leadership training has evolved through the years in Eastern North Dakota. Most recently known as GIFTS and Discipleship on the Prairie, this next evolution known as The Congregational Leadership Academy (CLA) fits the growing needs of church leadership in today’s complex world. Because of a unique partnership with the Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods, along with the ELCA Churchwide expression, we are able to offer this new opportunity for training lay leaders in specific areas of ministry.
CLA is for lay people whow are active, confirmed, communing, and contributing lay members of their home congregation. CLA participants take part in study, prayer, and leadership training to be equipped with knowledge, best practices, and leadership skills to encourage congregational health, growth, and vitality.
The Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM) is a teaching ministry that gives church musicians an increased sense of vocational awareness, along with the tools and resources to enable congregations to sing well and participate actively in worship. It is a comprehensive and accessible course of study leading to the LPM Certificate in Church Music. LPM is taught by highly qualified teachers and tailored to local needs. Particular attention is paid to smaller church needs. Classes can be taken in whole or part, and when studies are successfully completed awards the LPM Certificate in Church Music. Scholarships are available.
LPM is a cooperative project of the ELCA (external link), the Episcopal Church (external link), PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) (external link), and the United Church of Christ Musicians Association (external link). For more about LPM's benefits, visit the LPM website (external link).
Peggy Johnson, LPM Coordinator
16524 Bird Dog Road
Audubon, MN 56511
Pastor-2-Pastor extends an invitation to all rostered leaders in Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods who have completed First Call Theological Education to take part in this renewing ministry. Pastor-2-Pastor is a part colleague group and part continuing education event focused on the support and wellness of our rostered leadership. Join us at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN as we take part in 24-hour continuing education events with a variety of speakers two times each year. Continue to connect with your colleagues for times of mutual prayer and support in monthly colleague groups. Keep an eye out for more announcements about this growing ministry.
More information and event registration: www.cord.edu/p2p (external link)Back to top
They might be people you know, or they might be strangers, but people of faith across the country are discovering that a growing number of mainly 20-40 year-olds are not being reached by established congregations. The Project F-M is a work in progress... a collaborative ministry in the Fargo-Moorhead area, grounded in the Gospel, connecting young adults with a life-changing God.
Do you have a heart for young adults? There are many ways to be involved in this new ministry from becoming a shareholder, prayer partner, or simply spreading the good news about The Project F-M. More information, can be found online at theprojectfm.org (external link).Back to top
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families as an expression of our joy and faith in Jesus Christ, following Christ's example to serve the needs of others. Each young person is different and each young person has different needs. As a result each young person will respond to help differently. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch has developed many programs to help young people in a way that will work for them.
Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a recognized Service Organization of the LCMS and an Affiliated Social Ministry Organization of the ELCA. The Ranch also is a founding member of Lutheran Services in America.Ranch services are available to all children, regardless of ethnicity or religion.
Oak Grove Lutheran School (external link) located in Fargo, ND was established in 1906 and is affiliated with the ELCA. Oak Grove provides an exceptional academic experience with a strong Christian emphasis for students Pre-K through grade 12.Back to top
Sponsor your synod missionaries and
support mission fields in North Dakota!
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,
to send out workers into his harvest field.”
We invite you into conversation and consideration regarding the possibility of providing missionary support to designated missionaries within our synod in addition to the missionary support to our missionaries serving globally.
EaND Synod Office
1201 13th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102
Toll Free: 877-895-4598
Mon-Thurs: 8 am - 5 pm
Fridays: 8 am - 3 pm