Workshop B Offerings
Workshop B will be held from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm and focus on synod ministries, committees, agencies, and institutions, in which you can learn how to participate in the larger Church.
Racial Justice Subcommittee Updates
Rev. Robin Caldwell, Racial Justice Subcommittee
Fresh from a February Racial Justice Team retreat, we will update you on the ideas we have and listen to the needs of the congregations in the synod.
NIS WELCA and YOU
Mrs. Kimberly Choin, NIS WELCA
All ELCA Women are NIS WELCA Women and are invited to participate in all synod and church wide Women of the ELCA events and meetings. Come and see what we have been doing in our focus areas of Justice, Discipleship and Stewardship and how easy it is to get involved!
Creatively Addressing Hunger in Our Communities
Ms. Carol Erickson, World Hunger Subcommittee
Many of our closest neighbors are experiencing food insecurity. To address the challenges our neighbors face, many of our congregations have created a variety of different "feeding ministries". A panel of these ministries will discuss how they started and have grown their programs, as well as tips and strategies for success.
Social Ministry Committee
Rev. Katie Gallagher, Social Ministry Committee
The Social Ministry Committee works to inspire and encourage the people of the congregations and communities of the Northern Illinois Synod to care for those in need, serve our neighbors, seek justice and righteousness for all people. This workshop aims to educate the churches in the Northern Illinois Synod about the synodical social ministry resources that are available to our congregations and how to access them.
Ministry Support Committee - It is About More Than Salary Guidelines
Rev. Vince Marolla, Ministry Support Committee
Pastor Vince Marolla and other members of the Ministry Support Committee will share information about how this committee is working to provide support and resources to help our Rostered Leaders and Synodically Authorized Ministers (SAMs) leading congregations. As we work together to strengthen faith and well-being in leaders, we continue to help our leaders to lead with heart.
Called By God – Rostered Ministry
Rev. Doug Liston, Candidacy Committee
There are a variety of vocational choices in the ELCA. We have pastors and deacons, but we also have accountants, chaplains, youth workers, musicians, evangelists, nurses, office managers, counselors, and caregivers. We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. The ELCA has many needs to fill as we carry out our mission to share God’s boundless love with the world.
Creation Care Subcommittee
Rev. Scott Ralston, Creation Care Subcommittee
The Creation Care Subcommittee finds creative ways to uplift how humanity can better care for God’s good Creation so that all humans, animals, and other living things can thrive. Come to learn about big and small ways that you and your congregation can support God’s creation.
Helping the church to reach to all
Mr. Andrew Rex, Outreach Committee
The Synod Outreach Committee reaches out to smaller churches to provide outreach tools for everyone – rostered staff and lay leaders alike. We help congregations to reach not just inside the walls but outside as well.
NIS Youth the church of today
Deacon Shari Simon, NIS Synod Youth
What values make youth ministry so important? Let's journey through remembering what our values have been for the youth of our synod and reimagine together what values youth ministry should embrace for this new year and new church reality. Youth and adults of our Synod are encouraged to attend!
Sanctuary Experience at LOMC
Ms. Michelle Wandersee, Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center (LOMC)
Join Michelle (program director) and Rob (executive director) of LOMC as we reveal a new opportunity for groups to experience an amazing time of spiritual renewal together. Get info and experience similar hands-on activities that take place at our new LOMC-led Sanctuary Retreats.
Growing In Faith - Diakonia
Mr. Doug Wood, Diakonia Steering Committee
Diakonia is a 2 year, 12 course, in-depth study of the Old and New Testaments, Christian Doctrine, Worship, and more. It is to assist lay people in leadership roles in congregations or those seeking to deepen their knowledge and faith. A new curriculum starts this fall.