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2022 States Synod PMA Conference



Lots of people have lots of questions about worship:

"Why do we do what we do?" 

"What makes for a 'good' worship service?"

"What makes for a 'good' worship leader?"


All those questions have their roots in a single larger question:

What's the Point of Lutheran Worship?

Friday evening we'll explore that question in such a way that our understanding of what happens in worship is broken open, leading us to see what we're doing through new and clearer eyes.

Saturday, over the course of three sessions, the members of our synod PMA Team will lead seminars addressing some of the practical matters of worship planning in the congregational context:

  1. Planning and implementing special or occasional services such as funerals, weddings, and blessings.

  2. Effective use of the worship resources at our disposal, and some of the great worship helps available for congregational use.

  3. Implementing meaningful worship planning in the life of a congregation, including when resources are limited.

This conference is for all who are currently serving as Parish Ministry Associates, students enrolled in the Parish Ministry Education Program and lay leaders who are interested in the program or learning more about how to be better-equipped stewards and servants of God’s mission in their own communities. 


3:00 p.m.           Door Open - Greetings, Introductions, Bishop's Message

5:30 p.m.          Catered Dinner

6:00 p.m.           "What's the Point of Lutheran Worship?" - Peter Rehwaldt, Ph.D.

8:00 p.m.           Evening Prayer


8:30 a.m.          Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m.          Worship Seminars: Worship Planning in Practice

11:30 a.m.      Announcements and Sending

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April 29 - April 30, 2022

Friday 3:00 p.m. - Saturday 12:00 p.m.


Overland Park Lutheran Church

7810 W 79th St, Overland Park, KS 66204

Overland Park Lutheran Church is graciously donating their space for us to use for this conference. They have asked if our participants would please bring in-kind canned or non-perishable goods for their food pantry.


Rev. Peter Rehwaldt, Ph.D.

John Dumler, PMA

Dennis Kemper, PMA

Rev. Larry Lemke

Rev. Richard Monson

Rhonda Templing, PMA

Rev. Adam Wutka


The PMA Conference registration fee of $40 includes the Conference and Friday's dinner. Registration deadline was April 25, 2022.


Peter Rehwaldt, Ph.D. -

Peter Rehwaldt has been an ELCA pastor for 32 years, and has served in a wide variety of settings as a parish pastor, a seminary administrator, and as an interim pastor. He earned his PhD in Worship, the Arts, and Proclamation from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley CA, and is a life member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. His dissertation was entitled "Let All God's People Say 'Amen!': A Multigenerational Understanding of Rite, Hymnody, and Preaching." Within our Synod, he has coordinated worship for various synod events, was a plenary presenter at the 2011 Fall Leadership Conference on preaching and worship, served on various synod Listening Teams and the Synod Discipline Committee, taught worship and preaching for PMA candidates, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of the Hollis Renewal Center.

Lotus Hotels in Merriam, KS.

The rate is $104.00 (+ taxes).

Cut-off date is Friday, April 22, 2022.

There is no guarantee on the room rate after that date.

Reservations by Call-In

  • Step 1: Call Hotel Lotus in Merriam Line: 913-384-6000

  • Step 2: A live person will be connected to make the reservation

  • Step 3: Provide the Group Master # 0687ABB529

  • Step 4: Ask for room type needed: King and double bed

  • Step 5: Guests should provide their information and payment information to complete the reservation

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