August 7-10, 2017, the ELCA will host its first Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta at the Sheraton Downtown (sheratonatlantahotel.com/). This will be an opportunity for our rostered ministers to assemble for worship, education and fellowship. We will gather under the theme “On the Way ... Together” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to guide our time together. This time is an opportunity to gather our rostered ministers from around this church to remind one another that we are far better together than we are apart. We are on our way together as a church with our ecumenical partnerships, with our continued conversations about racism and reconciliation, and toward continued reformation. We will gather in Atlanta in the name of Jesus, the crucified and risen Christ. We will center ourselves each day around word and sacrament in worship. We will have opportunities to be in fellowship and to dwell in Scripture. We will hear from keynote speakers. Then we will be sent forth into this world to love and serve the world in Christ’s name. There will be two pre-gatherings for this event for federal chaplains and young rostered ministers (20s and 30s). Those pre-gatherings will be Sunday, August 6, and Monday, August 7.
Questions about this event can be sent to 2017MinistersGathering@elca.org or by calling 773-380-2552 or toll free at 800-635-3522, ext. 2552.
Registration is $245 per person and covers four meals, keynotes, workshops, banquet, concert, worship, interaction center, exhibits and vendors. Registration opens March 1 and goes until May 31. The cost goes up to $295 per person from June 1 to July 24. Breakfast is on your own. Room costs are $119.00 + tax per night at the Sheraton Downtown Atlanta (sheratonatlantahotel.com). Rooms will be reserved and paid for with a group code through the hotel starting March 1. Most of the rooms have double beds, so you could split the cost and room with another participant. You also need to factor in your travel costs.
Are children welcome to attend?
This event is planned and created for ELCA rostered ministers and as such will be an opportunity for fun, fellowship, study and continuing education for that group within this church. While children are a great gift and a blessing and very much a part of this church, we are not able to offer child care or child-appropriate activities at this gathering.
Can my spouse attend?
If your spouse is a rostered minister, we hope they will be there. This gathering is specifically planned and created for ELCA rostered ministers and, as such, will be an opportunity for fun, fellowship, study and continuing education. This event is not being planned for spouses. If your spouse chooses to come and share the room with you and enjoy Atlanta, that is great.
Is there scholarship money available?
We are in the process of working on funds to make available for scholarships and hope to have that information available by Feb. 1. That information will be on the website and on the RMG Facebook page.
Is there time built into the schedule for free time?
Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons will offer you an opportunity for: workshops, interaction center, service learning, service projects, affinity groups, colleague conversations, or free time, if you choose. You may also plan on coming early on Monday or staying in Atlanta later on Thursday.
How many rostered ministers do you expect to attend?
We are hoping for 1,000 rostered ministers.
What musicians will be there?
Peter Meyer, Jonathan Rundman, Rachel Kurtz, AGAPE*, Joe Davis, Chris Clay, Justin Rimbo and Brendan Mayer. They will all be playing together at a beer and hymns fundraiser Tuesday evening for the 20th anniversary of ELCA Fund for Leaders.
Who are the Bible study leaders?
We will have Bible study each day, following morning prayer. The three leaders are: the Rev. Dr. Troy Troftgruben (Wartburg Theological Seminary), the Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary), and the Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis (Austin).
What types of workshops can I look forward to?
There will be a large variety of workshops. Here are just a few:
What are affinity groups?
We will be offering time on Tuesday and Wednesday after lunch from 1-2 p.m. around the facility for affinity groups to meet. Affinity groups are open-space conversations to learn more about a specific topic and to openly dialogue and ask questions with other colleagues about a particular topic. Some of those will include:
Can seminarians attend?
This event is structured around and planned for rostered ministers, and, as such, we are encouraging only rostered ministers attend.