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Central States Synod

Providing resources and tools so that we may live out God’s purpose, united with Christ, as we walk the way of Jesus.

A lab is a place of learning, a place to work with different “tools” or resources, to try things out and experiment to see what works.
In a time of increasing demands and challenges, we need to get into the lab and expand our capacity to do ministry.

Our Ministry Lab includes three areas of focus:

Topics in this area of the lab will include:

  • Leadership

  • Constitution/Policies

  • Preparing for the Future

  • Building Usage

  • Stewardship

  • Setting agendas and leading meetings

GOOD
ORDER

MEANS OF GRACE

Topics in this area of the lab will include:

  • Worship and lay participation

  • Healthy Communications

  • Language/welcoming neurodiversity

  • Biblical interpretation using Scripture to guide us in challenging conversations

Topics in this area of the lab will include:

  • Connecting with community

  • Social statements

  • Collaboration (Collegiality in ecumenism)

  • Use of techology including social media

LIVING
FAITH

This lab offers ideas for lectionary preaching and is tailored to lay leadership leading worship in our Synod. While not primarily a text study, it will focus on seasonal themes for preaching and imagine environments and activities to enhance your community’s experience.

March 7 - 7:00 p.m.

Online via Zoom

Registration: $20

LENT &
HOLY WEEK
PREACHING

How as Lutherans should we understand our relationship to civic life, including government, both as individuals and as a church body? After studying these questions for the past three years, a social statement task force of ELCA has posted a draft social statement on civic life and faith.

You are invited to join Bishop Candea for a discussion of the latest social statement. These conversations are timely as we enter into an election year. You will find the draft statement on the ELCA website, www.elca.org/civicsandfaith

MARE THEY - 7:00 p.m.

Online via Zoom

Registration: $20

ELCA SOCIAL STATEMENT:
CIVIC LIFE AND FAITH

Have you ever wondered. . .

 

What’s church got to do with it? 

  • Why do we even need the church? 

  • What is the purpose of denominations?

  • What does it mean to be part of the ELCA?

Video Recording of the recent Online Engagements

Registration: None

WHAT'S CHURCH GOT TO DO WITH IT?

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