Strong Center Open Door

Strong Center Open Door

In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of "Evangelical Lutheran Worship," you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context.

Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship committees: whether you have extensive experience with ELW, are exploring it for the first time, or use other materials for your community’s worship, you will find a place at these gatherings.

We will open anew the gifts of God at the strong center of worship in word and sacrament. We will explore how to open more widely the doors that welcome the world to these gifts and the doors that send us with these gifts into God’s beloved and needy world.

Events will include:

  • Introduction – for those engaging ELW for the first time.
  • Deeper Exploration – for those who know the treasures well, but long for renewed energy or a deeper understanding.
  • Newer Resources – for those interested in the many print and online resources in the ELW family that have been produced since 2006.
  • Foundations – for those who want to connect with the core principles of worship in the ELCA while engaging the culture, gifts, and practices of a local community.
  • Synodical Leadership – for those who want to offer ELW introductions and/or refreshers in their synod.

…plus worship, singing, networking, creative brain-sailing, and more.

Strong Center Open Door Program Book and Handouts

Click here for the program booklet and workshop handouts.


October 7-8, 2016
Bethany Lutheran Church
Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
October 14-15, 2016
Zumbro Lutheran Church
Rochester, Minn.
November 4-5, 2016
Trinity Lutheran Church
Lansdale, Pa.


Click here for the schedule and detailed description of the program.


Click here to read about the presenters.

Local Area Hotels

Click here to learn about local hotels.


We invite you to go online to registration for the event at the location of your choice.

Online registration is for credit cards payment only.

For payment by check, please call 773.380.2590 (between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. cst). You will be invoiced once the registration is entered by our staff.  Receipt of payment is required in advance to be guaranteed a meal.

On-site reservations will be accepted but do not include lunch.

Accommodations are the responsibilities of attendees. See above for local hotel options.

Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
October 7-8 

Individual registration @ $40 (includes lunch)

Group Registration (3-7 participants) @ $100 per group (includes lunch)

Rochester, Minn.
October 14-15

Individual registration @ $40 (includes lunch)

Group Registration (3-7 participants) @ $100 per group (includes lunch)

Lansdale, Pa.
November 4-5

Individual registration @ $40 (includes lunch)

Group Registration (3-7 participants) @ $100 per group (includes lunch)