CV Training Event Travel and Logistics – Baltimore – August 2019

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Congregational Vitality

Congregational Vitality Training Event: August 21-23, 2019

Held at Christ Lutheran Church, Baltimore, Maryland




Christ Lutheran Church

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

410-752-7179  |



Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201

410-539-8400  |



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



Fly in and out of Baltimore – Washington International Airport (BWI). 

Travel Arrangements and Travel Budget Code Numbers:

  • Please shop around: In some cases, certain airlines can offer a better price. Southwest Airlines has an operations base at BWI, so this airline may offer the best rates. If you are invited to use ELCA travel 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 approved travelers.
  • 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, to make your own reservations. You will need to give them the following Travel Code: 30-103, and the reason for travel: Mission Developer Training. It is important to 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.
  • DEMs participating in ONLY the DEM Gathering: Use this Travel Code: 30-143. Contact Direct Travel, at 800-543-8016, to arrange your flights.
  • DEMs participating in both the DEM Gathering and the CV Training Event: Use this Travel Code: 30-143. Contact Direct Travel, at 800-543-8016, to arrange your flights.
  • DEMs who are NOT participating in the DEM Gathering must arrange (and pay) for their own flights for the CV Training Event unless they are bringing one or more mission developers to training. 
  • ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS MUST ARRANGE TO COVER THEIR OWN TRAVEL (FLIGHT) COSTS. Please consult with the Congregational Vitality team if you are unsure.
  • NOTE TO ALL REGISTRANTS: Please make your flight (travel) arrangements ASAP, and please do so BEFORE using the online registration form. You will need to provide your arrival and departure times when you register.
  • WHEN TO ARRIVE: Please note the timing of your events before you book your flights. See the Timeline of Events” for a detailed schedule and arrival dates.
  • WHEN TO DEPART the CV Training Event: Congregational Vitality Training will end at 2:30 pm on Friday (August 23). 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.
  • Check out from the hotel and bring all luggage with you to Christ Lutheran Church on Friday: CV Training Event participants should plan to check out of the hotel on the morning of Friday, August 23, bringing all luggage with them to Christ Lutheran Church. Plan to travel directly to the airport after the event ends. The discount link for Super Shuttle (keep reading to learn more) will allow you to specify pickup at Christ Lutheran.
  • Local transportation is “on your own”: You must arrange for your own transportation to and from the airport.



  • 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.
  • 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” document (coming soon) 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.



  • 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:



  • 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.



  • 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!



  • 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: Learn more about the Orioles:


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).



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