October 1 – 2, 2010
Friday 2:00 pm – Saturday 5:00 pm
United Lutheran Church -Grand Forks, ND
What’s different about this event? The ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering brings together experts and resources on global and domestic ministry under one roof, for one weekend, in one convenient location so leadership teams can build the skills needed to be a part of God’s mission, no matter where service happens. Additionally, the dialogue initiated at this event will help ELCA Global Mission understand how to be of better service to you.
This event will feature a “God’s work. Our hands” wall displaying the past year’s mission activities of the congregations in the EaND Synod. All congregations are asked to submit a list of their mission accomplishments in the year beginning with the summer of 2009, sending them to Ruth Urdahl, 907 9th St SW, Jamestown, ND 58401-5104 or email email@example.com Identify submissions with the congregation’s name, city, and number of baptized members and sent by September 1.
- Accompaniment – Dr. JosJ Rodriguez
- Local Mission – Rodger Prois
- Culture – Sunitha Mortha
Mission 101 – Megan Bradfield, Stacy Kitahata
Explore the meaning and practice of mission. Why engage in mission? Where does mission occur? What doesmission mean in our work together? And how do we express mission in our relationships, from the local community to the global communion? Geared toward all interested in better understanding mission in context.
Short Term Mission - Valora Starr, Stephanie Anderson
Enter into a new understanding of global and local community through short-term mission trips. Learn how toapproach planning, travel, and return with a focus on developing intentional and meaningful relationships, bothwithin and between communities. Addresses practical and conceptual aspects of short-term mission travel andthe development of a local missional community. Intended for members of supporting communities and congregations,travelers, and planners.
Cross-Generational Engagement – Linda Staats, Diane Monroe
Empower youth and all ages within the congregation for a local and global connection. Discover ways to meaningfullyweave all generations into the life of mission. This workshop offers approaches beyond traditional, agesegregatedclassroom settings, and is intended for Sunday school teachers, youth and children ministers, parents,godparents, and all caring adults.
Stewardship – Kari Bahe, Steve Peterson
Examine the values and strategies that create a culture of generosity in a faith community. Learn about assetbasedthinking, storytelling and networking in developing a sustainable congregation. This workshop introducescreative tools to help congregations re-think the meaning of stewardship with a new understanding of our globaland local context, and is designed for all members of congregations.
Social Action – Christopher Carpenter, David Creech
Equip yourself with resources to effectively mobilize your congregation to act through giving, advocacy, andlifestyle choices. Using climate change as a case study, learn about the root causes of hunger and poverty. This workshop surveys practical approaches to social justice, and is geared toward people with beginning tomoderate experience in justice work.
New and Renewing Congregations - William Tesch, Keith Zeh
Expand our church and encourage community by making a renewed commitment to being an “open door”church. Learn how community outreach creates a church bursting with life, sensitive to the connectionsbetween accompaniment and healthy, missional congregations. This workshop offers a theological foundationand effective strategies for congregational renewal, and is intended for all congregational members.
Worship and Mission – Jennifer Ollikainen
Embrace and welcome all people through inclusive music and worship. Explore global and local context in oursacred song and speech. This workshop focuses on using creative liturgy and global music to communicatemission in the congregation. Designed for musicians and worship leaders.