Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Rostered Ministers Gathering?

he 2023 Rostered Ministers Gathering begins Monday, July 17, early evening, through Thursday, July 20, at noon.

Where will the Rostered Ministers Gathering be held?

The event will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Phoenix Convention Center. (

What is the theme of the gathering?

We will gather under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You.”

Each day we will focus on specific themes including "Remembering," "Reclaiming," "Rekindling" and "Reviving” through fellowship, renewal, continuing education, worship, Bible study and refreshment for your spirit.

Who may attend this gathering?

All pastors and deacons who are on the roster of the ELCA may attend this event.

Can seminarians attend?

Yes. This event is structured around, and planned for, all rostered ministers: active in call, on leave from call, awaiting call, retired.

How many participants do you expect to attend?

At our first gathering in Atlanta, participation was limited due to space. We are excited that the Phoenix Convention Center offers space for up to 2,000 participants!

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. If your spouse would like to come and enjoy what Phoenix has to offer, that is more than fine. Additionally, worship is open to everyone. Guests may attend the Celebration Banquet on Wednesday for an additional cost.

Are children welcome to attend?

In response to your feedback on the 2017 event, we explored numerous options. Unfortunately, we were not able to find a cost-effective option for infants and toddler-aged children. We will offer a day camp experience for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Space is limited to 30 participants, so if you are interested, sign up early. The cost for this program is $150 per child.

2/29/23 UPDATE: In order to offer childcare we need at least ten children registered by March 31, 2023.

How much will this event cost?

Registration for the main event is $295 per person, with an early registration savings priced at $245 per person.

You will also need to plan for your travel expenses to Phoenix as well as your accommodations.

    Early registration (Dec. 1 – Apr. 21 at midnight) – $245
    Regular registration (Apr. 22 – June 30 at midnight) – $295

What is included in the registration fee?

You will have access to sessions with keynote speakers, small group discussions, a variety of workshops and caucuses as well as activities in the Interaction Center, including exhibits and vendors. Included meals: Tuesday and Wednesday lunch, and the Celebration Banquet on Wednesday evening. Everyone also is invited to the Presiding Bishop's Reception on Monday evening following worship.

Are scholarships available?

As of 3/7/2023 all of our scholarships have been distributed.

What hotels are nearby?

The convention center is in downtown Phoenix so there are a number of choices. You are also welcome to make reservations at other hotels or other hotel-type accommodations if you wish.

We have set up room blocks with a rate of $153 plus tax per night. Once you register, you will be responsible to book your own room. Links to reserve your space will be provided on our website.

The hotels are:

All gathering hotels are within walking distance to the convention center.

That is expensive for a hotel room, can I share with someone?

You could split the cost and share a room with someone else. You will need to make those arrangements on your own. Note that the Hyatt charges an extra $10 per person, per night.

If I am driving to the event, is there a place to park?

The Sheraton Grand Phoenix and Hyatt Regency Phoenix have parking garages.

Sheraton self-parking rate has been reduced to $10 per day.

Hyatt Phoenix: Daily parking is $15, with overnight parking being $29 with in/out privileges. The garage is located immediately North of the hotel at 201 N 1st Street. A parking pass allowing in/out privileges can be picked up at the front desk upon check in.

There are a number of other lots around the Phoenix Convention Center. You can find more information about them at

Where can I find the schedule for the event?

On the event website, there is a page with the general schedule.

We will be using Guidebook before and during the event to provide up-to-date information and the ability to create a schedule of your activities. Watch for more information about Guidebook, coming soon.

What is a caucus session?

Caucus groups are "open-space" conversations to talk about and ask questions with other colleagues on specific topics related to your work as a rostered minister. Caucus sessions will be scheduled concurrently with workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Where can I find a list of workshop topics and caucus sessions?

Descriptions and the schedule of workshops and caucus sessions will be posted in early February.

Who are the bible study leaders?

Deacon Mindy Makant, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary

Who are the keynote speakers?

The Rev. Dr. Carmelo Santos, director for theological diversity and ecumenical and interreligious engagement, ELCA.

Jeff Chu, writer, reporter and editor.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Will there be worship at this event?

Yes! The event begins with Holy Communion on Monday afternoon. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and current interim president and general secretary of the National Council of Churches will be our preacher.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will center ourselves in worship with morning prayer.

The event concludes with Holy Communion. Bishop Kevin Strickland, Southeastern Synod, will be our preacher.

Where do I find more information about this event?

Find more information about this event by going to:
Facebook: ELCARMG
Instagram: @elca_rmg

If you have specific questions, you may email

Is there time built into the schedule for free time?

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons will offer you an opportunity for workshops, the Interaction Center, affinity groups, colleague conversations or free time, if you choose. Tuesday early evening is dinner on your own. We are purposefully not scheduling any activities Tuesday evening to give rostered ministers an opportunity to network and reconnect.

How do I volunteer?

Thanks for asking! Please click this link to sign up to support the Rostered Ministers of the ELCA by volunteering at the RMG.

What is the current protocol concerning COVID-19?

The ELCA is committed to protecting the health and safety of all attendees, staff, and community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2023, we have established the following event policy:

Masking: All attendees of our events, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to wear masks, but are not required.

Vaccination: We strongly encourage all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but are not requiring it to attend the event.

Sanitation: We will provide hand sanitizer and the convention center will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles and restroom facilities.

Communication: We will provide clear and consistent communication to all attendees regarding our event policies and any updates or changes to those policies prior to and during the event.

If you feel unwell, please do not attend the event until you feel better. The Rostered Ministers Gathering planning team will continue to listen to research and advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as our host city and the meeting venue.