Workshop Opportunities

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, one of the activity choices you will have to make is to delve into a variety of topics offered in our workshop sessions. Download the workshop descriptions here.

Each day there will be 2 opportunities: 2:15-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5:00 p.m.

As you read through these offerings, please note that some workshops are offered more than once.

Tuesday, Aug. 8
2:15-3:30 p.m. 
500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Advocacy as Public Witness

Another Century of Faithful Proclamation: Toward a Lutheran Lay Preaching Movement.

Being a grounded leader in the midst of the storm.
  Biblical Storytelling | An Ancient Spiritual Discipline
  Called to the Intersection of the Word: How Word and Sacrament and Word and Service Ministers Share in God’s Work. 
  Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, Eucharist 
  Faith Amidst Crisis: Ministry Moments in extremis
  How can a good constitution help my ministry?
  Might Community Development Services be in your future? 
  Singing the Church’s Song in Culture
  The 6½ Worst Things You Can Do With Your Benefits
  The Church Unknown - Reflections of a Millennial Pastor 
  The Global Church
3:45-5:00 p.m.
10 Ways to use Video Technology in Worship
  A Different Front Door
  Another Century of Faithful Proclamation: Toward a Lutheran Lay Preaching Movement.
  Cross+Generational Faith Formation
  Dementia through a pastoral theological lens.
  Dimensions of Prayer
  Grow Hold Fold: Turning around faith-based organizations for the 21st century
  Lutheran-Muslim Relations
  Racism and the Church: No Bigotry Allowed
  Reconciling in Christ, what does that mean?
  Theo-Poetics: Using Poetry and Hip Hop as tools of Worship and Resistance 
  What’s up with my congregation?
  We are all one in Christ
  Writing Project for Women of Color
Wednesday, Aug. 9
2:15-3:30 p.m. 
500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Advancing Racial Equity Training

Being a grounded leader in the midst of the storm

Best Practices for Developing and Managing Online Communities

Biblical Storytelling | An Ancient Spiritual Discipline

Considering a Call in Chaplaincy Ministries:  Military, VA and Federal Prisons
  Curating Worship for a Cross-Cultural Context 
  Discipleship < - - > Stewardship: Moving from got to to get to in your Journey of Faith
  Faith Formation in the ELCA
  Life of Faith: Equipping a Congregation that Equips the Baptized for Ministry
  Preaching in the Public Square
  The church at work through Domestic Mission
  The Power of Art to Speak the Faith
  What’s up with my family?
  What Does it Mean to Be Lutheran in a Multi-Religious World?
3:45-5:00 p.m.  Best Practices for Social Media and Digital Ministry
  Cross+Generational Worship
  ELCA Mission Advancement – Resources for you!
  Gender-based Violence and Lutheran Theology: Toward Liberation and Reconciliation
  How did we get here – and what do we do now?
  How Do We Take a Picture of That?  Creative Ways to Use Story in Mission Support
  How to Think About Your Next Call
  Is there a place for us in the church: Exploring the Contemporary World of Young Adults
  Singing the Church’s Song in Culture
  The 6 ½ Worst Things You Can Do With Your Benefits
  Universal Priesthood: The call and purpose of the rostered minister within the ministry of all the baptized

Service Projects

ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering Service Project Options:
Each of these are limited to 15 people and will run from 2-5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Sign-up takes place at the Registration Booth during the Gathering on Monday, August 7th.

Download the Service Projects descriptions here.

Tuesday, Aug. 8 and Wednesday, Aug. 9
2:00-5:00 p.m. 
  1. Atlanta’s Mercy Community Church: (Tuesday, August 8th 2-5pm) Spend an afternoon with Atlanta's Mercy Community Church family at St. John's Lutheran Church.  Serving the Ponce Corridor for over 11 years, Mercy seeks to work along with neighbors on the streets or in low-income housing in the struggle for life.  Participants in this service learning activity will spend the afternoon learning about the ministry, and will assist in preparing a meal for the Mercy family, and guests. 

  2. Gateway Center: (Tuesday, August 8th 2-5pm) Engage with the Gateway Center in downtown Atlanta, which provides homeless support services to over 5,000 individuals per year.  Participants will receive an orientation followed by service in the clothes closet, the shelter, or meal preparation. 

  3. Lutheran Services of Georgia: (Wednesday, August 9th 2-5pm) Letters of Hope:  Be a Compassionate Presence to Immigrants in Detention. View the award-winning documentary Locked in a Box about the U.S. Immigration Detention System and learn about immigration detention, the Friends in Hope Visitation Ministry of Lutheran Services of Georgia and resources available from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service for beginning a detention visitation ministry.  Then write letters of hope to asylum-seekers and immigrants in detention centers in Georgia. Led by:  Deacon Melanie Johnson of Lutheran Service of Georgia's Refugee and Immigration Services, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church