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Reclaiming faith with LGBTQIA+ community in Los Angeles

 

Reclaiming faith with LGBTQIA

Pastor Joseph Castañeda Carrera (shown second from left), with members of the ADORE LA faith community.

ADORE LA is seeking new and creative ways to do church in the city of Los Angeles. This LGBTQIA+ faith community outside of Hollywood is passionately living out their mission: “Gather as we are. Reclaim faith for everyone, anywhere.”

What started as an idea to reach out to queer and trans people of color for Joseph Castañeda Carrera turned into a mission to grow a vital faith community. Launched in 2017, ADORE LA is a Synod Authorized Worshiping Community (SAWC) developed in partnership with the Congregational Vitality team at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Southwest California Synod.

This partnership helped Castañeda Carrera make a dream reality. It is a dream held in common with many in LA — to grow an inclusive, God-centered community “driven and led by people of color and queer folks.”

As mission developer pastor for ADORE LA, Castañeda Carrera self-describes as, “a queer man of color, a husband, a son of both an immigrant and a fourth-generation parent of Mexican heritage, an artist and an outdoor enthusiast.” Castañeda Carrera is “a SoCal-rooted pastor who is passionate about sharing a loving and liberating God, reclaiming faith with queer people, undoing religious hurt and connecting with others on a journey struggle and faith.” This diverse perspective and passion are what motivate Castañeda Carrera to empower leaders who want to strengthen their walk with God.

Creative practice

ADORE LA places a strong emphasis on doing church outside church walls — experiencing God in unconventional ways. Castañeda Carrera explains: “We try to create our gatherings where people already are and bring liturgy there.” One way they do this is through ADORE Hike. On select weekends, a group gathers for a hike intentionally centered on personal reflection and community. On the hike up, they will spend time praying for things pressing on their hearts; at the top, they will share communion; and on the hike down, they will prepare to go into the world and love God well.

Other ministry initiatives are held in a public or shared space, such as ADORE Brunch or Worship Lab. As a result of this visible display of community, “People can walk up to us because they are so curious about our faith. We should bring our love for God outside of closed doors.” Encouraging this creative practice is what makes ADORE LA unique.

Creative space

Castañeda Carrera is focused on making space for an authentic liberating theology, with a goal to heal the hurt caused by the church. ADORE LA’s core values underscore this commitment, including love, truth, inclusivity, creativity and authenticity. “I may spend the rest of my life undoing the pain that the church has done in the past,” Castañeda Carrera explained. Yet, for the LGBTQIA+ community, “it is a matter of feeling brave in these church spaces that gives people the confidence to live out their faith in a profound way.” ADORE LA chooses to walk alongside people in this process and provide a community of love that is needed for any follower of Christ. Visit http://adorela.org/adorela to learn more.

 

by Blake Thomas, Congregational Vitality

edited by Kris A. Mainellis, Program Director for Communication and Events, Congregational Vitality

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Communing with Christ in the strawberry field

 

The faith community of Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz communes with Christ in a strawberry field of Santa Maria, Calif. It’s but one expression of a ministry of hospitality and hope with working-poor immigrants.

Founded in 2002, this new-start community has grown and expanded its reach over the years to the larger community of working-poor immigrants who face many obstacles daily in simply living their lives. This includes coordinating the weekly lunch program with Latinx workers in the field.

The average week for the husband-and-wife team of Pastor Esteban and Angie Salazar includes leading worship with a growing community, buying fresh ingredients to make homemade tortas, managing volunteers to coordinate Santa Cruz’s food pantry and so much more.

Working-Poor Latinx Immigrants in communion with Christ

Immigrant farmworkers join in prayer with Pastor Esteban and Angie Salazar in a strawberry field.

Immigrant farmworker ministry

In 2017, Esteban and Angie felt a strong call to help their congregation’s immigrant farmworkers who labor in a nearby strawberry field. After communicating with the warden of the field, who thought Esteban and Angie were pulling a prank, they drove to the field and were greeted with a “really, you’re here?” surprised response from the warden. Now they make weekly visits, as supplies and resources are available.

On a typical Thursday morning they will shop for fresh-baked bread and other ingredients to prepare tortas. Depending on the day, they will make anywhere from 60 to 200 tortas to serve to the strawberry-field workers. Additionally, they will spend time reading scripture, singing and praying with the workers. Esteban’s belief is, “You have the ‘gospel’ and you have ‘feed my people’…you have to do both.” Creating the space to share a meal and worship right there in the field gives “loving your neighbor” a renewed outlook.

Building the church community

The immigration crisis in the United States has a direct impact on this church community. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has come in and separated multiple families in the congregation; many cannot seek medical assistance because of the high cost; and single-parent homes fight the battle between work and family care. These tough conditions can make hope for a miracle seem absent. Angie has strong feelings about these tough circumstances: “We have a responsibility to do what Jesus would do and Jesus wouldn’t leave them there with nothing.”

The community at Iglesia Luterana Santa Cruz comes together in several activities to help congregants and the larger community. One ministry initiative at Christmas is the Angel Tree Project, a gift-giving program that provides presents for local children. In 2016, a total of 75 students received gifts through the Angel Tree. Last Christmas, the number rose to 400. Additionally, sister churches have begun providing food-pantry items, clothing and monetary help to specific individuals.

The congregation needs more help to care for its immigrant community, including a shed to be built for the influx of pantry items and additional medical support for families. However, Santa Cruz continues to live out a passion for Jesus and reliance on the Holy Spirit.

 

by Blake Thomas, Congregational Vitality Team

edited by Kris A. Mainellis, Program Director for Communication and Events, Congregational Vitality

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CV Training Event Travel and Logistics – San Diego – February 2020

Congregational Vitality Training Event — San Diego

Travel & Logistics for Training Event & Pre-Events: February 17-21, 2020

TRAINING EVENT LOCATION

Town and Country Hotel, San Diego | 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 | www.towncountry.com

TIMING OF EVENTS: Monday – Friday, February 17-21, 2020

  • Homeless and Justice Network Gathering – Sunday & Monday | arrive Saturday PM or Sunday early AM
  • Boundaries Training for Mission Developers – Monday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) | arrive Sunday PM
  • ELCA Level 1 Coach Launch Training – Monday & Tuesday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) | arrive Sunday PM
  • REDIL/Latinx Leaders Meeting – Monday | arrive Sunday PM
  • United States – Mexico Border Experience – Tuesday (8:00 am – 4:30/5:30 pm) | arrive Monday PM
  • CV Training Event Facilitators’ Check-In – Tuesday early evening, approx. 5:30 pm; details to come
  • CV Training Event: Wednesday – Friday | arrive Tuesday PM
    • Wednesday – Thursday timing: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Friday timing – 8:00 am – 2:30 pm | Friday evening flights home are strongly encouraged. Friday housing is not provided.

TRAVEL PLANNING & BUDGET CODE

  • Fly in and out of San Diego International Airport (SAN).
  • Make your flight arrangements ASAP, before using the online registration form. You will need to provide your arrival and departure times when you register.
  • Travel Arrangements and Flight Budget Code for Mission Developers: Please shop around: In some cases, certain airlines can offer a better price. If you are invited to use ELCA budget codes to cover your flights, we encourage you to look for the most reasonably priced flights before contacting Direct Travel — you can provide specific flight requests to the agent. Our policy is to help cover flights up to $500 for approved mission developers and other travelers approved by the CV Team. Mission Developers and DEMs Accompanying Mission Developers: If you are a mission developer who has been invited by your synod’s director for evangelical mission and you need a flight, please contact our in-house travel agency, Direct Travel, right away at 773-380-2440 or Direct.Travel@elca.org, to make your own reservations. Please provide the travel code included in event communication e-mails. DEMs may also use this code if they are accompanying mission developers. Make flight reservations as early as possible. Those who make last-minute or late travel arrangements will be expected to cover the additional cost personally. See the point above regarding looking for the best flight prices.
  • ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS MUST ARRANGE TO COVER THEIR OWN TRAVEL (FLIGHT) COSTS. Please consult with the Congregational Vitality team if you are unsure.
  • Dress for the weather – Average temperatures in San Diego in February reach a mild 65⁰F (18⁰C) for the high, and 54⁰F (11⁰C) for the low. Bring light layers. It can be very sunny (bring a hat and/or sunscreen) or rainy (bring rain protection).
  • If you are participating in the US – Mexico Border Experience, please READ ALL THE DETAILS HERE. You must register separately for this event and book Monday night housing (if needed) through this Border Experience link.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

  • WHEN TO ARRIVE: Note the timing of your events before you book your flights. See the timeline of events at the top of this page.
  • WHEN TO DEPART the CV Training Event: Congregational Vitality Training will end at 2:30 pm on Friday (February 21). Hotel rooms are not offered on Friday evening. Plan to travel home Friday evening, after 4:30 pm. Please do not plan to depart earlier in the day, as you will miss important elements of this event.
  • On Friday morning, check out from the hotel and bring all luggage with you to a designated room (we will let you know where) for luggage. Plan to travel directly to the airport after the event ends.

DIRECTIONS AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

  • Town and Country San Diego is in the Hotel Circle in San Diego (500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108) (towncountry.com). It is conveniently located near San Diego International Airport (3225 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101), which is approximately a 15-minute drive. Visit the hotel website for directions and a link to a map application (https://www.towncountry.com/hotel/directions). Click on “Start Your Journey.” Here is a direct link to the map.
  • Local Transportation is “on your own.” DEMs, please help your participants find transportation if needed.
  • SUPER SHUTTLE DISCOUNT: For your convenience, you can use a Super Shuttle discount link to book your transportation between San Diego International Airport and the hotel, with a cost of approximately $14 each way (link coming soon, via event communication e-mails). You can adjust your reservations by reentering the link. Reservations are not required when traveling from airport to hotel. However, please allow at least four hours of lead time when making a reservation for the return trip from the hotel to the airport.
  • An easy, inexpensive option is Uber or Lyft (approx. $17).
  • The hotel offers shuttle service to the Riverwalk Golf Club, Fashion Valley Center, Old Town Mission Valley Center, and Hazard Center, daily, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, based on availability. Shuttle pickup and drop-off is in the hotel lobby.

IMPORTANT HOTEL NOTES

  • Hotel arrival and departure: Check-in time is 3:00 pm / Check-out time is 11:00 am. On Friday morning, check out from the hotel and bring all luggage with you to a designated room for luggage. Arrange to travel directly to the airport after the event ends.
  • Rooms are double-occupancy: Participants will be assigned a roommate if one is not specified on the online registration form. A limited number of single rooms are available for an upgrade fee. Please do not bring nonparticipating spouses, or children, along with you. 
  • Parking at Town and Country San Diego: Parking is available at the hotel for $10 per night plus tax.

FOOD

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) have been selected based on your arrival and departure times.
  • Food sensitivities and allergies will be accounted for to the best of our abilities, based on what participants entered into the online registration form.
  • A catered breakfast is included (no charge) at the hotel each morning (7:00-8:30 am).
  • Lunch and coffee breaks/refreshments are included at no extra charge.
  • Dinner is “on your own” (not included). Gather with your colleagues and head out to explore beautiful San Diego!

EVENING ACTIVITIES

  • San Diego is beautiful and full of amazing adventures waiting to happen. If you are looking for things to do in the evening after training, check out information (https://www.sandiego.org/explore/things-to-do.aspx) from the San Diego Tourism Authority or do your own Internet search.
  • Join the CV Team and other colleagues for a CV Social, Wednesday, 8:30-10:00 pm, on an outdoor patio at the Town and Country! We’ll provide appetizers, you purchase your own beverages!

 

QUESTIONS?

CONTENT/TRAINING QUESTIONS? Contact Anna-Kari Johnson, Rob James, or Ruben Duran.

REGISTRATION ISSUES? Contact Kholoud Khoury (or call 773-380-2830); or Philip Rivera (or call 773-380-2553).

HOUSING OR OTHER LOGISTICAL QUESTIONS? Contact Philip Rivera (or call 773-380-2553).

 

SEE YOU IN SAN DIEGO!

 

“For Christ is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall.” 

— Ephesians 2:14

 

by Kris A. Mainellis, program director for communication and events

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Timing and Tracks for San Diego CV Training Event

Congregational Vitality Training Event Week & Border Experience

San Diego, California, February 17-21, 2020

UPDATED DECEMBER 4, 2019

SAVE THESE DATES:

February 17: Travel Day & REDIL/Latinx Leaders Meeting

February 18: Worship at United States  ̶  Mexico Border

February 19-21: CV Training Event

 

Events and Timing

  • Homeless and Justice Network Gathering – Sunday and Monday — Plan arrival for Saturday PM or Sunday early AM
  • Boundaries Training for Mission Developers – Monday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) — Plan arrival for Sunday PM
  • ELCA Level 1 Coach Launch Training – Monday and Tuesday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) (Contact Jill Beverlin, ELCA Coaching Coordinator, to learn more — also, keep scrolling in this article to find more info.) — Plan arrival for Sunday PM
  • REDIL/Latinx Leaders Meeting – Monday
  • United States – Mexico Border Experience – Tuesday (8:00 am – approx. 4:30/5:30 pm) — Plan arrival for Monday PM
  • CV Training Event Facilitators Meeting – Tuesday evening (approx. 5:30 pm — stay tuned for details)
  • CV Training Event: Wednesday – Friday — Plan arrival for Tuesday PM
    • Wednesday – Thursday timing: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Friday timing – 8:00 am – 2:30 pm — Friday evening flights home are strongly encouraged. Friday housing is not provided.

Keep reading to learn details about who should come to each track and applicable fees.

A moment of prayer, captured at the Baltimore CV Training Event. Photo courtesy of Katie Simbala, Metro DC Synod creative director.

CV Training Event Tracks

The Congregational Vitality Team is offering all the tracks from the Baltimore training event, with one addition: Anchor Churches.

Please note that the Prison Congregations track will not meet in San Diego. The goal is to offer it at the Chicago CV Training Event (August 26-28, 2020).

Two groups are in the cohort-developing process, which means they will be focusing on curriculum building with a smaller group (not training). These two groups are Arab – Middle Eastern Churches and the Synod Vitality Focus Group.

If you are a new DEM or anyone with questions about any of these training tracks, please contact a member of the CV Team.

MISSION DEVELOPMENT 

Fees:

  • No Registration Fee for NEW (2019-2020) mission developers (and other approved leaders) and accompanying DEMs
  • Housing is included (double occupancy, up to three nights). You may pay a fee ($88 per person per night) to upgrade to a single room.
  • Flights (up to $500) for approved mission developers and sponsoring DEMs are covered and may be booked through Direct Travel, ELCA (budget code will be provided in registration communications)
  • Please read ALL the event information and Travel & Logistics information before booking flights.

Expectations:

  • PART 1 TRAINING: For new developers (2019-2020) and their accompanying DEMs. To bring any previous leaders who have not been trained, please consult with Rev. Ruben Duran or Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson.
  • PART 2 TRAINING: Returning developers and lay leaders who need part 2 training are welcome, but please consult with Rev. Ruben Duran or Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson before registering.
  • FOR SEMINARIANS: Contact Rev. Rob James to plan student participation before registering.
  • ALL OTHERS: Returning leaders (developers from previous years) and other ministry leaders are welcome, but please consult with Rev. Ruben Duran or Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson before registering.

If you are a new director for evangelical mission or anyone with questions about any of the training tracks, please contact a member of the Congregational Vitality Team.

USE THIS LINK for the following Mission Development (New Start) Tracks: No-Fee Registration — Fee for Single Room

New Start Tracks (for mission developers)

  • African Descent Churches
    This course readies developers who will be serving in an African descent context for all aspects of development through a foundation that embraces the tenets and practices of the historic black church and the African descent community through a Lutheran lens. It includes best practices for many areas not limited to, but including: self-care, financial practices, mission planning, leadership development, marketing, technology, evangelism, stewardship and more.
  • African National Churches
    This training track is designed for African national mission developers in the ELCA who desire to grow in theological, pastoral, liturgical, missiological, apologetic and practical leadership in their own contexts. It helps participants to understand an increasingly fast changing American cultural environment, the place and role of Lutheran churches in local communities and American society at large. It’s an opportunity to teach, learn, share common experiences and strengthen networks.
  • American Indian – Alaska Native Churches
  • Arab – Middle Eastern Churches (INVITATION ONLY, developing curriculum)
  • Asian Churches
    This track provides insight and information for Asian developers and lay leaders as they are developing their ministries. Participants will learn from several developers in the field who will share their real experiences. Several issues that are unique to Asian community will be presented and discussed.
  • Church Launch
    Basic principles and best practices, including nuts and bolts and practical tools in developing a new church.
  • Churches Starting Churches
    This track is content-heavy and covers key aspects of church planting, including helpful concepts and models from the business and nonprofit world. Some of the modules we cover are especially helpful for those who are considering becoming a multisite church or planting a new church out of an existing church. DEMs can invite pastors (not just mission developers) from their synods to attend, in consultation with Rev. Ruben Duran.
  • Multicultural Churches – description coming
  • Postmodern Churches
    This track empowers mission developers and lay leaders to listen and respond to the spiritual needs and varied contexts of those outside of traditional church models. Developers and lay leaders will gain and share tools to design innovative ministries and unconventional worship experiences that are feasible, desirable, and sustainable while engaging in Jesus’ way of love, justice and transformation.
  • Poverty Justice / Homeless Justice Ministries Network
    This track provides resources and support for developing new ministries of accompaniment with people experiencing poverty, hunger and exclusion. Together we will explore how loving our neighbors as ourselves, especially the marginalized, creates a space for the “Balm of Gilead” to heal our broken communities. We will look at ways to be in partnership with other ministries within the ELCA and across denominational lines, and how to find other community partners.
  • Prison Congregations The Prison Congregations track will NOT meet for the San Diego training event. The goal is to offer it at the Chicago CV Training Event, coming up August 26-28, 2020.
  • Recovery Churches
    Building communities of worship that are in ministry with individuals, families and neighborhoods affected by and recovering from addictions.
  • Reentry Churches
    Ministries that develop out of and around ministry with people reentering society after incarceration. How congregations can be a welcoming place and provide spiritual support and community connections to help people transition back into the community.
  • REDIL / Latinx Churches — REDIL stands for: Red Ecumenica Para el Desarollo de Iglesias Latinas (translated: Ecumenical Network for the Development of Latinx Churches)

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EXISTING OR NEWLY FORMED CONGREGATIONS
(
for church pastors / leaders)

Note to DEMs: If you are accompanying one or more mission developers, you may use the “Mission Development” (no-fee) link for yourself.

— Anchor Churches (contact Rob James for more details)

No fee for registration.  |  Participants will cover hotel expense via the registration link.  |  Participants must cover travel expenses.

USE THIS LINK: No-Fee Registration — Housing Fee

  • If you are a lead pastor of a potential or active Anchor Church who has attended an Anchor Church Conference, this track is the next step! Join the ELCA Congregational Vitality Team and Anchor Church facilitators to more deeply explore how your vital congregation can partner with other congregation(s) through Accompaniment or Adoption to grow and enhance vitality for God’s reign. Follow-up activities will include one-on-one coaching and regular Zoom cohort participation for support and sharing tools and ideas.
  • If you are interested but have not yet participated in an Anchor Church Conference, contact Rob James to learn more and explore this option.

 

— Newly Organized, Merged and Consolidated Churches (contact Anna-Kari Johnson for more details)

No fee for registration.  |  No fee for double-occupancy housing (up to three nights). You may pay a fee ($88 per person per night) to upgrade to a single room.  |  Participants must cover travel expenses.

USE THIS LINK: No-Fee Registration — Fee for Single Room

  • For leaders of congregations in (or on the way toward) new seasons of shared ministry, including consolidations and mergers. This track will explore the realities of finances, language as a tool to shape change, the importance of visioning at each stage, the impact of naming core values for partnering work, and resources for attending to grief throughout the transitions.
  • We welcome DEMs to bring one pastor and two lay leaders for this track. Contact Anna-Kari Johnson for more details.

 

— Vital Congregations (for church leaders focused on revitalization)

Registration Fee: $250  |  Participants will use a special link to reserve housing ($149 per night [plus required hotel fees and taxes] per room; please find a roommate as needed)  |  Participants must cover travel expenses.

FIRST, USE THIS LINK TO Reserve Your Hotel Stay

Please find a roommate as needed. You will be able to note whether you want final payment arrangements to be separate (per person) at hotel check-out, in the “Additional Requests” field of the room-reservation link.

You may also contact the Town and Country reservation department directly by calling 800-772-8527, Option 2, and reference the “Sub 2020 C. V. Training Event” room block. A reservation agent will then be able to assist.

SECOND, USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER: Regular Paid Registration

  • This training track is for rostered leaders involved in leading a congregational process toward revitalization, renewal and/or transformation. Participants will receive training with a team of experienced practitioners who will share principles, best practices and tools. Topics to be discussed include: spiritual transformation, congregational history, discovering assets, re-rooting in the community, identifying guiding principles and purpose, changing congregational culture, stewardship, evangelical outreach, faith sharing, mission/action planning, and more.
  • Participants will be invited to learn both from the trainers and from each other as they engage in small group discussions. This is not Part 2 of what was offered in Baltimore.
  • Nancy Nyland, DEM for the Indiana – Kentucky Synod, will support this team. DEMs: If you have a leader currently engaged in, or about to begin a revitalization, renewal or transformation process, we encourage you to attend this training with your leader(s).

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SYNOD VITALITY STRATEGIES

— Synod Vitality Strategy Basics for DEMs (for DEMs only)

Registration Fee: $250  |  Participants will use a special link to reserve housing ($149 per night [plus required hotel fees and taxes] per room; please find a roommate as needed)  |  Participants must cover travel expenses.

FIRST, USE THIS LINK TO Reserve Your Hotel Stay

Please find a roommate as needed. You will be able to note whether you want final payment arrangements to be separate (per person) at hotel check-out, in the “Additional Requests” field of the room-reservation link.

You may also contact the Town and Country reservation department directly by calling 800-772-8527, Option 2, and reference the “Sub 2020 C. V. Training Event” room block. A reservation agent will then be able to assist.

SECOND, USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER: Regular Paid Registration

Join Maristela Freiberg, DEM for the New Jersey Synod; Amsalu Geleta, DEM for the Delaware-Maryland Synod; Matthew Short, DEM for the Greater Milwaukee Synod; and Erika Uthe, DEM for the Southeastern Iowa Synod, for a time of collaborative learning and sharing specifically for new DEMs and other DEMs who are working toward developing a framework for building a synod vitality team and strategies. This track will also include 2.5 hours for developing a coaching system in your synod. This is not team training, but rather a collaborative time for DEMs only, who will begin to work on a plan over the 2.5 days of training.

 Synod Vitality Strategy Basics for DEMs will include the following components:

  • Listening to each participating DEM as they tell and describe: their synod context, what they are noticing and wondering about synod vitality strategy planning, as well as naming the strengths, opportunities, hopes and challenges going forward.
  • Answering questions and providing guidance on: What is a synod vitality strategy? Why have a synod vitality strategy? What are key components to developing and actualizing a synod vitality strategy? How to assemble a synod strategy planning team or table. What resources are available to the synod? What are some of the key learnings and practices resulting from other synod vitality strategies? How to prepare for bringing a synod vitality team for training at the August 2020 event in Chicago.
  • One synod will present their Synod Vitality Strategy. We rely on a cadre of other DEMs, presenters and partners for this track.
  • Takeaways will include: an action plan reflecting the DEM’s next steps, ongoing collegiality among the participants via Zoom conversations, and availability of ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • This is about a collaborative conversation to share and encourage as well as to learn and support each other in the journey. We aim to become a learning community in 2.5 days of training.

 

— Synod Vitality Focus Group (INVITATION ONLY — DEMs and synod teams)

Registration Fee: $250  |  Participants will use a special link to reserve housing ($149 per night [plus required hotel fees and taxes] per room; please find a roommate as needed)  |  Participants must cover travel expenses.

FIRST, USE THIS LINK TO Reserve Your Hotel Stay

Please find a roommate as needed. You will be able to note whether you want final payment arrangements to be separate (per person) at hotel check-out, in the “Additional Requests” field of the room-reservation link.

You may also contact the Town and Country reservation department directly by calling 800-772-8527, Option 2, and reference the “Sub 2020 C. V. Training Event” room block. A reservation agent will then be able to assist.

SECOND, USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER: Regular Paid Registration

DESCRIPTION: This track is for synod teams who desire to develop relationships and capacity within their synod to foster a culture of congregational vitality. Outcomes will include enhanced ability to offer synod-based training for congregations and their leaders to become more vital in their ministry. Participants must come as a team with a director for evangelical mission and minimum of two additional synod vitality team members (teams can be and are encouraged to be larger than this). Participation in this track also requires the presence of an established coaching network within the synod or the intention of fostering one as a commitment to being in this track. This track will be led by Pastor Dave Daubert; DEM Richard Jorgensen, Lower Susquehanna Synod; and Melanie Wallschlaeger, Southwest Washington Synod.

Attention will be given to:

  • Building a strong synod vitality team
  • The importance of coaching in renewing congregational vitality
  • Building shared accountability for success
  • Developing your own contextually sensitive delivery system
  • Curriculum for revitalization within the church

A pre-event Zoom session will be held to help leaders prepare and know what to expect from the event. In addition, participants will receive two follow up times: a shared Zoom coaching session and an individual coaching call after the event as a part of this module.

 

Pre-Event Activities

BOUNDARIES TRAINING FOR MISSION DEVELOPERS

February 17 | Monday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration Fee: $95  |  Housing Fees: double occupancy: $88/person per night; single occupancy: $176/person per night [includes required hotel fees and taxes] |  Participants must cover travel expenses.

USE THIS LINK: Boundaries Training

Note to DEMs: Please share this link with your mission developers who need to take Boundaries Training. Note that the Boundaries Training link will NOT be included in other links. Participants must use the Boundaries Training link. You will need to send it to them.

ABOUT BOUNDARIES TRAINING:

  • Boundaries Training is required every 24 months for all mission developers who have not completed this
    8-hour training in their home synods.
  • Contact Terri Novak, administrative coordinator, Congregational Vitality (or call 773-380-5072) to send in previously earned Boundaries Training certifications.
  • Plan to arrive by 7:45 am Monday, February 17, to attend Boundaries Training. Class begins promptly at 8:00 am.

 

ELCA LEVEL 1 COACH LAUNCH TRAINING

February 17-18 | Monday & Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • DESCRIPTION: Coaching is a skill of using deep listening and powerful questions as you journey with others to empower them to live more fully into their vocations in life. Coaching is a posture that helps you move forward (even through the most difficult things), builds on learning from relationship and is a powerful catalyst for congregational vitality. This course will introduce you to coaching basics and provides an opportunity to practice these skills. Upon completion, you will have a framework to begin using these tools in formal and informal coaching relationships and you will be a Level 1 Coach in the ELCA.
  • Contact Jill Beverlin, ELCA Coaching Coordinator, for criteria and availability (or call: 773-380-2692).

 

UNITED STATES – MEXICO BORDER EXPERIENCE: FRONTIERS FOR MISSION

February 18 | Monday, 8:00 am – approx. 4:30/5:30 pm

Visit this page to learn more.

 

Questions and Contacts

  • ONCE REGISTRATION OPENS: For registration questions or problems, contact Kholoud Khoury (773-380-2830), or Philip Rivera (773-380-2553).
  • For overall event logistical questions, contact Kris Mainellis (773-380-2749).

 

Stay tuned for more details and updates!

 

by Kris A. Mainellis, program director for communication and events

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CV Training Event AGENDA – Baltimore – August 2019

Congregational Vitality Training Event | August 21-23, 2019

Christ Lutheran Church | 701 S. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21230-3800

 

Congregational Vitality Training Event Agenda 

Does Jesus Matter? Journey to the Heart of the Gospel

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” Romans 1:16

Tracks Offered

Mission Development Training with nine Specialized Learning Tracks: African National Churches / Asian Churches / Church Launch / Churches Starting Churches / Multicultural Churches / Postmodern Churches / Poverty and Justice / Homeless and Justice Ministries Network / Red Ecumenica para el Desarrollo de Iglesias Latinas (REDIL) / Latinx Churches Network /  PLUS, a special track for Newly Organized, Consolidated & Merged Congregations

Cohort Development Gatherings (by invitation only): African Descent Churches / American Indian – Alaska Native Churches / Arab – Middle Eastern Churches  / Recovery and Reentry Cohort

Vital Congregations Cohort (formerly called “redevelopment,” with experienced practitioners, organized by Nancy Nyland)

Synodical Vitality Focus Group (developing a synod support system, with Dave Daubert and Richard Jorgensen)

DEM Synod Vitality Strategy Planning Conversation (with Keith Zeh and Maristela Freiberg)

DEM Collaborative Conversations (ad hoc topical conversations among DEMs with colleagues)

 

Schedule

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

7:15 am           Board Buses; 7:30-7:45 am, Buses depart for Christ Lutheran Church | or 15-min. walk to church

7:45-8:30 am  Registration Check-In, Christ Lutheran Church Narthex

8:10 am           Gather for Worship, Sanctuary

8:15 am           Worship and Praise                                         

8:30 am           Welcome, Announcements, Logistics

Congregational Vitality in the ELCA

9:00 am           “Why Jesus Matters to Me,” Testimony

9:05 am           Morning Prayer, Liturgy and Song

9:15 am           “The Beauty and the Practice of Evangelism,” Bible Study

10:00 am         Song

{10:00 am REDIL exit to meeting room space}

10:10-11:00 am   One-to-One Relational Training: Introduction and Practice

11:30 am – 5:00 pm     Follow Your Group Schedule

5:00 pm           Load buses or walk back to hotel — EVENING FREE

You Are Invited to a CV Social! Gather in the LB Skybar, 19th Floor, Lord Baltimore Hotel Rooftop Tonight, 8:30 – 10:00 pm. Join the CV Team for Fellowship and Appetizers!

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

7:15 am           Board Buses; 7:30-7:45 am, Buses Depart for Christ Lutheran Church

8:00 am         Worship and Praise , Sanctuary

Morning Prayer, Worship, Testimonies, and Music

8:45 am         “Why Jesus Matters to Me” — Turn to your neighbor and share!

8:55 am         Hymn

9:00 am         Leadership, Vision and Strategy: Synod Presentation and Facilitated Conversations on Leadership

9:45-10:15 am             BREAK / TRANSITION

10:15 am – 3:15 pm          Follow Your Group Schedule

 (1:15-2:30 pm: ALL SEMINARIANS GATHER with Ruben Duran and Key Leaders in Fellowship Hall)

3:15-3:30 pm              BREAK / TRANSITION

3:30 pm           Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Sanctuary

3:45 pm           AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities)

3:55 pm           Being a Multicultural Church

4:15-4:40 pm  Informal facilitated conversations on being a multicultural church

4:45 pm           Load Buses or walk back to hotel — EVENING FREE

Optional: Arrange your own group or join the CV Team group to attend Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays, 7:05 pm start. See your event invitation for the link to attend with the CV Team.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

7:30 am           Board Buses; 7:45-8:00 am, Buses Depart for Community Lutheran Church

8:30 am – 1:15 pm             Follow Your Group Schedule

ALL GATHER FOR CLOSING WORSHIP AND COMMISSIONING

1:30-2:30 pm  Closing Worship and Commissioning, Sanctuary

Offering: Today’s offering will support New Starts in the Delaware – Maryland Synod. Make checks payable to ELCA.

2:30 pm  Depart directly (on your own) for the airport by 3:00 pm OR board bus / walk to Lord Baltimore Hotel

 

EVALUATION: Remember to complete your event evaluation and return it to your facilitator or drop it off at the registration desk before you leave today!


PLEASE SAVE THESE DATES: Congregational Vitality Training:
February 18-21, 2020

If you have just completed Part 1 of your Mission Developer Training, please plan to return for Part 2 and bring two lay leaders.

If you have just completed Part 2 of a Mission Developer Training, you do not need to return.

Go in Peace. – Serve the LORD. – Thanks be to God!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” Romans 1:16

 

by Kris A. Mainellis, program director for communication and events

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CV Training Event Travel and Logistics – Baltimore – August 2019

Congregational Vitality Training Event: August 21-23, 2019

Held at Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

 

TRAVEL & LOGISTICS – BALTIMORE CV TRAINING EVENT

TRAINING EVENT LOCATION

Christ Lutheran Church

701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230-3800

410-752-7179  |  www.christinnerharbor.org

 

HOTEL

Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201

410-539-8400  |  www.lordbaltimorehotel.com

 

TIMING OF EVENTS

Please see “Timeline of Events” for a detailed schedule and arrival dates.

 

TRAVEL PLANNING & WEATHER

  • Fly in and out of Baltimore – Washington International Airport (BWI). 
  • Friday evening flights home are expected and strongly encouraged so that no hotel rooms are used Friday night.
  • Local transportation is “on your own”: You must arrange for your own transportation to and from the airport.
  • Dress for the weather – Baltimore can be hot and humid in August. Bring light layers and rain protection.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

  • SUPER SHUTTLE DISCOUNT: For your convenience, you can use the CV Training Event Super Shuttle discount link to book your transportation from BWI airport to the hotel (or church), and from the church to BWI airport, with a cost of about $13.50 each way. Contact your DEM for this link, which was e-mailed out to all DEMS on the ELCA DEM listserv on June 3, 2019. IMPORTANT: Please book your Super Shuttle as two one-way trips, to arrange pickup directly from Christ Lutheran Church after the event ends on Friday. Note that the link does not allow two different pickup locations in a single round-trip reservation. You can adjust your reservations by reentering the link.
  • LIGHT RAIL: Taking the train (Light Rail) is a very affordable option for traveling from BWI airport to the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Download the Charm Pass app to buy fares for a day, a series of days or for the week (one-way fare is $1.90): https://www.mta.maryland.gov/charmpass. According to the Lord Baltimore Hotel website, the BWI Marshall Light Rail Station is located immediately outside the Lower Level of the terminal building, adjacent to Concourse E. Take the train north toward Hunt Valley. Exit the train at “University Center – Baltimore Street” stop. Walk three blocks to the east (right) on Baltimore Street. Lord Baltimore Hotel is on the north side of the street, at 20 W. Baltimore St. Approximate travel time is 40 minutes.
  • WALKING CAN BE A GOOD OPTION: Christ Lutheran Church is a little more than one-half mile from the hotel (approx. 15-minute walk at average pace). Feel free to stretch your legs and walk, if you wish.
  • CHARTER BUS: Lord Baltimore Hotel will provide charter bus service between the hotel and church throughout the week, at no cost to you. Please consult the Bus Schedule for pickup and drop-off times per day. All other transportation will be at your own expense (e.g., taxi, Uber, Lyft, Light Rail, rental car).
  • PARKING AT CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH: A reduced Early Bird special rate of $9 (Monday – Friday, in by 9:30 am / out by 7:00 pm) is available at the Arrow Parking Lot at 11 E. Lee St., Baltimore, MD This fee supports local and international missions of Christ Lutheran Church.

 

DIRECTIONS & DISTANCES

  • The Lord Baltimore Hotel is in downtown Baltimore at the corner of Baltimore and Charles Streets, just across the street from the Charles Center subway station. The hotel is one block from Royal Farms Arena and a short walk from the Baltimore Convention Center, the Inner Harbor, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium.
  • The hotel is 12 miles (25-35 minute drive) from Baltimore – Washington International Airport. Visit this link for maps and detailed directions from the airport to the hotel via taxi and Light Rail (only costs $1.60!), and information on how to rent a car: https://www.lordbaltimorehotel.com/contact

 

IMPORTANT HOTEL NOTES

  • Hotel arrival and departure: Check-in time is 4:00 pm / Check-out time is 11:00 am. You will need to bring your luggage with you to the church on the last day of training (Friday), and arrange to travel directly to the airport after the close of the event. One charter bus will bring participants back to the hotel, if anyone is approved by the CV team to stay over on Friday evening.
  • Rooms Are Double-Occupancy: Housing is double-occupancy. Participants will be assigned a roommate if one is not specified on the online registration form. A limited number of single rooms will be available for an upgrade fee on the registration form. Please do not bring nonparticipating spouses, or children, along with you.
  • Parking at Lord Baltimore: Valet parking is available at the hotel for $33 per night plus tax. Self-Parking is available at the official garage of the Lord Baltimore, at 213 West Fayette St., two blocks from the hotel. Overnight rates are $25, inclusive of tax per night.

 

FOOD

  • Meals (lunches and snacks) at the church have been selected based on your arrival and departure times.
  • Food sensitivities and allergies will be accounted for to the best of our abilities, based on what participants entered into the online registration form.
  • A catered breakfast is included (free) at the Lord Baltimore Hotel each morning before departing for training.
  • Lunch and coffee breaks/refreshments are included at the church throughout the Congregational Vitality Training Event and the pre-events.
  • Dinner is “on your own” (not included). Gather with your colleagues and head out to explore beautiful Baltimore!

 

EVENING ACTIVITIES

  • One suggestion: Organize a group to attend an Orioles baseball game! The Orioles will take on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday evening, August 21, and the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday evening, August 22. Both games begin at 7:05 pm. View the schedule and order tickets: https://www.mlb.com/orioles/schedule/2019-08. Learn more about the Orioles: https://www.mlb.com/orioles. Or: Join the CV Team in our special block of seats for the Thursday evening game. Here’s how: Use this special link to purchase your $12 ticket ($1.20 service fee) for a mobile ticket to sit with the ELCA group. Any problems, contact Rob James, at 815-721-0079.
  • Join the CV Team and other colleagues for a “CV Social,” Wednesday, 8:30-10:00 pm in the LB Skybar at the Lord Baltimore Hotel! This open-air bar is situated on the hotel’s 19th floor rooftop and offers “stunning views of the surrounding skyline,” with “hand-crafted cocktails and a full menu of light bites.” We’ll provide appetizers, you purchase your own beverages!

QUESTIONS?

CONTENT/TRAINING QUESTIONS? Contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814, Rob James at 773-380-2999 or 815-721-0079, or Ruben Duran at 630-440-8591; or, the contact person listed in the Course Overview & Registration Links document.

REGISTRATION ISSUES? Contact Kholoud Khoury (773-380-2830), or Philip Rivera (773-380-2553).

ADDITIONAL LOGISTICAL QUESTIONS? Contact Kris Mainellis (773-380-2749) or Philip Rivera (773-380-2553).

SEE YOU IN BALTIMORE!

 

by Kris A. Mainellis, program director for communication and events

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CV Training Event Timeline of Events – Baltimore – August 2019

Congregational Vitality Training and DEM Gathering
August 16-23, 2019  |  Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Timeline of Events

FRIDAY (8/16)

9:00 am – 6:00 pm           Behavioral Interview Training – Day 1 (plan arrival for Thursday)

 

SATURDAY (8/17)

8:30 am – 4:00 pm           Behavioral Interview Training – Day 2

 

SUNDAY (8/18)

Travel day for DEMs (to attend DEM Gathering)

 

MONDAY (8/19)

8:00 am – 5:00 pm           Coach Launch – Day 1 (plan arrival for Sunday)

8:00 am – 5:00 pm           Homeless and Justice Network Gathering – Day 1 (plan arrival for Sunday)

8:30 am – 4:30 pm           DEM Gathering – Day 1 (plan arrival for Sunday)

               1:00-3:30 pm:    DEM Intensive Learning Experience with CV Team

1:00-5:00 pm                     Boundaries Training for Mission Developers – Day 1 (plan arrival for Monday AM)

 

TUESDAY (8/20)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm        Boundaries Training for Mission Developers – Day 2

8:00 am – 5:00 pm           Coach Launch – Day 2

8:00 am – 3:00 pm           Homeless and Justice Network Gathering – Day 2

8:30 am – 4:30 pm           DEM Gathering – Day 2

9:00 am – 12:00 pm        Latinx Coaching Meeting (plan arrival for Monday)

1:00-3:00 pm                     REDIL Meeting (plan arrival for Tuesday AM)

2:00-5:00 pm                     Intensive Learning Experience for New Mission Developers (plan arrival for Tuesday AM)

3:30-5:00 pm                     Congregational Vitality Training Event Facilitators’ Meeting (plan arrival for Tuesday AM)

 

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (8/21-22)

8:00 am – 5:00 pm           Congregational Vitality Training Event (plan arrival for Tuesday)

 

FRIDAY (8/23)

8:00 am – 2:30 pm           Congregational Vitality Training Event

Friday evening flights home are strongly encouraged.

 

See you in Baltimore!

 

by Kris A. Mainellis, Program Director for Communication and Events, Congregational Vitality

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CV Training Event Training Tracks – Baltimore – August 2019

Congregational Vitality Training Event: August 21-23, 2019

Held at Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland

……….UPDATED June 19, 2019……….

 

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE CV TRAINING EVENT & DEM GATHERING!

Watch this video, from the Las Vegas CV Training Event last February, to gain valuable insight from several DEMs and other colleagues: https://youtu.be/1fYkmj6xfL0

View the Bishop Panel from the Las Vegas event: https://youtu.be/bfNzp0WkTAM

 

DEM Gathering:

August 19-20 | Monday – Tuesday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Register by Friday July 12, 2019.

USE THIS LINK: DEM Gathering Registration Link

Please read ALL the Travel & Logistics information first, and then call Pam at Direct Travel, at 800-543-8016, to book your flight, using code 30-143, DEM Gathering.

 

Training Offered at CV Training Event:

August 21-23 | Wednesday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm AND Friday, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm

MISSION DEVELOPMENT TRAINING TRACKS

No Registration Fee for NEW (2019) mission developers (and other approved leaders) and accompanying DEMs.  |  Housing is included (double occupancy, up to 3 nights).

USE THIS LINK: No-Fee Registration – Fee for Single Room Link

  • PART 1 TRAINING: For new developers (2019) and their accompanying DEMs. To bring any previous leaders who have not been trained, please consult with Rev. Ruben Duran or Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson.
  • PART 2 TRAINING: Returning developers and lay leaders who need part 2 training are welcome, but please consult with Rev. Ruben Duran or Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson before registering.
  • FOR SEMINARIANS: Contact Rev. Rob James to plan student participation before registering.
  • ALL OTHERS: Returning leaders (developers from previous years) and other ministry leaders are welcome, but please consult with Rev. Ruben Duran or Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson before registering.

Three types of mission development training tracks: SELECT ONE OPTION FROM A, or B, or C

A. NEW START TRACKS:

  • African National Churches
  • Asian Churches
  • Church Launch — Basic principles and best practices, including nuts and bolts and practical tools in developing a new ministry.
  • Churches Starting Churches — For those who are planting out of an existing church, OR, for those who want to explore what’s involved in starting a satellite or second site. DEMs can invite pastors (not just mission developers) from their synods to attend, in consultation with Rev. Ruben Duran.
  • Multicultural Churches
  • Postmodern Churches
  • Poverty / Homeless Justice Ministries – Developing ministries among and with marginalized communities.
  • REDIL / Latinx Ministry (New Starts and Existing Churches) training by REDIL (Red Ecumenica para el Desarollo de Iglesias Latinas — Ecumenical Network for the Development of Latino Churches.)
  • We plan to bring back the Prison Congregations track in February 2020.

B. NEWLY ORGANIZED, CONSOLIDATED AND MERGED CONGREGATIONS:

We welcome DEMs to bring one pastor and two lay leaders for this track. Please call or text Rev. Anna-Kari Johnson for more details, at 773-990-0814. No fee for registration or double-occupancy housing (up to three nights), but participants must cover flight and other travel expenses.

C. COHORT DEVELOPMENT GROUPS — BY INVITATION ONLY:

Leaders will gather to work on developing or further developing the following cohorts and curriculum:

  • African Descent Cohort
  • American Indian – Alaska Native Cohort
  • Arab – Middle Eastern Cohort
  • Recovery and Reentry Cohort

 

VITAL CONGREGATIONS COHORT

Registration Fee: $200  |  Housing Fees: double occupancy: $85/person per night; single occupancy: $170/person per night

USE THIS LINK: Regular Paid Registration Link

Note to DEMs: If you are accompanying one or more mission developers, you may use the “Mission Development” (no-fee) link at the top of this page instead of this link.

  • DESCRIPTION: This is a special training track for those involved in leading a congregational process toward revitalization (formerly known as redevelopment). The Vital Congregations Cohort will be a dedicated track for these leaders and their accompanying DEMs. Participants will receive specialized training with a team of experienced practitioners who will share principles, best practices and tools. Nancy Nyland, DEM for the Indiana – Kentucky Synod, will support this team. DEMs: If you have a leader currently engaged in, or about to begin a revitalization process, we encourage you to attend this training with your leader(s). Space will be limited to the first 25 leaders (and their partner DEMs) who register.

 

SYNODICAL VITALITY FOCUS GROUP

Registration Fee: $200  |  Housing Fees: double occupancy: $85/person per night; single occupancy: $170/person per night

USE THIS LINK: Regular Paid Registration Link

Note to DEMs: If you are accompanying one or more mission developers, you may use the “Mission Development” (no-fee) link at the top of this page instead of this link.

  • DESCRIPTION: A Synodical Vitality Focus Group will gather to begin work toward creating a synod support system for congregational renewal. Seven synods have been invited to help develop an experiential training process, and we want you to be aware that this exciting planning is going on, led by Pastor Dave Daubert and DEM Richard Jorgensen, Lower Susquehanna Synod. We hope to offer this training for all synods in February 2020.

 

DEM COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS

Registration Fee: $200  |  Housing Fees: double occupancy: $85/person per night; single occupancy: $170/person per night

USE THIS LINK: Regular Paid Registration Link

  • DESCRIPTION: DEM Collaborative Conversations are designed for DEMs who are not accompanying a mission developer or a leader in the Vital Congregations Cohort, and who are not part of the Synodical Vitality Focus Group.

Synod Vitality Strategy Planning Conversation

Join Keith Zeh, DEM for the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, and Maristela Freiberg, DEM for the New Jersey Synod, to learn and discuss key concepts and best practices for setting up the framework for a synod vitality team and strategies. Conversation will cover the Synod Vitality Team Training topics presented at the Seattle and Las Vegas CV Training Events and more. Meeting times for this track will follow the training track schedule listed in the Agenda. This is not team training, but rather a collaborative time for DEMs only, who will begin to work on a plan over the 2.5 days of training.

This Conversation will include the following components:

  • Listening to each participating DEM as they tell and describe: their synod context, what they are noticing and wondering about synod vitality strategy planning, as well as naming the strengths, opportunities, hopes and challenges going forward.
  • Answering questions and providing guidance on: What is a synod vitality strategy? Why have a synod vitality strategy? What are key components to developing and actualizing a synod vitality strategy? How to assemble a synod strategy planning team or table. What resources are available to the synod? What are some of the key learnings and practices resulting from other synod vitality strategies? How to prepare for bringing a synod vitality team for training at the February 2020 event (location to be announced soon).
  • Takeaways will include: an action plan reflecting the DEM’s next steps, ongoing collegiality among the participants via Zoom conversations, and availability of ongoing coaching and mentoring.
  • Maristela and Keith bring considerable firsthand experience and lessons learned in developing and implementing synod vitality strategies. They enter this collaborative conversation to share and encourage as well as to learn from those who participate.

Additional Conversation Opportunities

DEMs who are not participating in the Synod Vitality Strategy Planning Conversation may choose to create their own DEM Collaborative Conversations following the training track schedule on the Agenda. This time is yours to connect with other DEMs, churchwide staff, and other national church leaders to talk, share and consult for maximum benefit.

 

Pre-Event Training:

BOUNDARIES TRAINING FOR MISSION DEVELOPERS

August 19-20 | Monday, 1:00-5:00 pm AND Tuesday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration Fee: $70  |  Housing Fees: double occupancy: $85/person per night; single occupancy: $170/person per night

USE THIS LINK: Boundaries Training Link

Note to DEMs: Please share this link with your mission developers who need to take Boundaries Training. Note that the Boundaries Training link will NOT be included in other links. Participants must use the Boundaries Training link. You will need to send it to them.

ABOUT BOUNDARIES TRAINING:

  • Boundaries Training is required every 24 months for all mission developers who have not completed this
    8-hour training in their home synods.
  • Contact Terri Novak, administrative coordinator, Congregational Vitality, to send in previously earned Boundaries Training certifications.
  • Plan to arrive in the morning of Monday, August 19, to attend Boundaries Training, which begins at 1:00 pm Monday, August 19.

 

MISSION DEVELOPER INTENSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

August 20 | Tuesday, 2:00-5:00 pm

No Registration Fee for mission developers registered for this CV Training Event.

Housing is included (double occupancy, 1 night).

For NEW and approved newer mission developers (contact Anna-Kari Johnson).

USE THIS LINK: Mission Developer Intensive Learning Experience Link

Note to DEMs: Please share the link with your mission developers who need to take this Mission Developer Intensive Learning Experience. Note that the Mission Developer Intensive Learning Experience link will NOT be included in other links. Participants must use the Mission Developer Intensive Learning Experience link. You will need to send it to them.

  • DESCRIPTION: New mission developers will explore their sense of guiding purpose — identify and understand their “why”; and learn the basics of how to carry out ministry as a developer in their mission contexts, including mission developer expectations, toolkit, best practices, networks, coaching and more!

 

Additional Pre-Event Training:

BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEW TRAINING

August 16-17 | Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm AND Saturday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • DESCRIPTION: Behavioral interview training will be offered at Christ Lutheran Church on Friday, August 16, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (lunch and dinner included), and Saturday, August 17, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (lunch will be provided). All trainers, training materials and meals (as noted) will be provided.

 

ELCA LEVEL 1 COACH LAUNCH TRAINING

August 19-20 | Monday & Tuesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

USE THIS LINK: Coach Launch Link

  • DESCRIPTION: Coaching is a skill of using deep listening and powerful questions as you journey with others to empower them to live more fully into their vocations in life. Coaching is a posture that helps you move forward (even through the most difficult things), builds on learning from relationship and is a powerful catalyst for congregational vitality. This course will introduce you to coaching basics and provides an opportunity to practice these skills. Upon completion, you will have a framework to begin using these tools in formal and informal coaching relationships and you will be a Level 1 Coach in the ELCA.
  • Please contact Jill Beverlin, ELCA Coaching Coordinator, for criteria and availability, 773-380-2692.

 

ELCA LEVEL 2 SPECIALTY COACH TRAINING: CARE FOR CREATION COACHING LAB

August 21 | Wednesday, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

  • This Coaching Lab experience is for individuals interested in training to become Care for Creation Coaches, providing an experience in restoring creation resources and an opportunity to deepen coaching skills to become a Level 2 coach in the ELCA.
  • This is for people who are NOT participating in the Congregational Vitality Training Event. Stewardship/discipleship/mission developer-redeveloper lab training will not be offered at the CV Training Event.
  • Please contact Keith Mundy for criteria and availability, 773-380-5045.

 

Questions and Contacts:

  • For registration questions or problems, contact Kholoud Khoury (773-380-2830), or Philip Rivera (773-380-2553).
  • For overall event logistical questions, contact Kris Mainellis (773-380-2749).
  • For content/training questions, contact Anna-Kari Johnson at 773-990-0814, Rob James at 815-721-0079, or Ruben Duran at 630-440-8591, or the contact person listed.

 

 

by Kris A. Mainellis, Program Director for Communication and Events, Congregational Vitality

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