2022 Together in Mission
Saturday, February 12th
8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa, and via Zoom
Cost – $10 (no lunch)
The option to have a lunch provided has ended. You are welcome to register as a walk-in but you must provide your own lunch.
Cost – $10
Register by Thursday, February 10 at Noon.
Gather with others from around our Greater Milwaukee Synod to worship, celebrate our partnership in the Gospel, and learn together on a variety of ministry topics.
Together in Mission is our annual synod event you don’t want to miss. Ministry leaders of all interests and backgrounds are invited for this one-day event held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1615 Wauwatosa Ave. in Wauwatosa.
In addition to in-person attendance, we plan to offer Zoom access for the opening gathering and workshops. (IMPORTANT: Online workshops will be offered if at least five people sign up for the workshop. If fewer than five people register, the workshop will only be offered as an in-person option and you will have the opportunity to cancel your registration or change to an “in-person” registration.)
Zoom links will be provided a few days before the workshop.
When you register, you will be able to select from a list of workshops offered in the morning and afternoon sessions
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
- Masking will be required for all in-person registrants. A limited supply of KN-95 masks will be available.
- Meals will be served as a box lunch and can be eaten in various locations to allow for social distancing.
- If you register to attend in-person and need to switch to participating online, please call our office and we will get you the Zoom link! (You must do so by Tuesday 2/8 to receive a $5 refund for your lunch.)
- 8:00-8:45 Arrival/check-in/fellowship
- 8:45-9:45 Opening time and worship
- 10:00-11:30 Morning workshops
- 11:45-1:00 Lunch and Conference conversations
- 1:15-2:45 Afternoon workshops
|Morning Workshops ||Afternoon Workshops|
|From Boxing Ring to Baptismal Font||From Boxing Ring to Baptismal Font|
|Deepening Our Roots: Next Steps for Evangelism, Innovation & Engagement||Deepening Our Roots: Next Steps for Evangelism, Innovation & Engagement|
|Our Pastor is Leaving - Now What?||Help Wanted: Welcoming Refugees|
|An Invitation to Serve Among Women Who Live and Work on the Streets||Options for Sustainability and Hope|
|Our Anti-Racism Journey - Where We've Been and Where We are Going||Pronouns and Other Important Discussions|
|The Healing Network|
Deepening Our Roots: Next Steps for Evangelism, Innovation & Engagement – As God forms us into a new church for a new era, we are being called back into the basics of evangelism, innovation & engagement. Each of these terms have had their turn as “buzz words,” but in this session we’ll discuss what each is (and isn’t), and practice together a few simple steps your congregation could take to live into them. Facilitated by Pr. Matthew Short, Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission, and members of our synod’s mission team.
From the Boxing Ring to the Baptismal Font – The politics of our time have pulled Christians of all stripes into toxic, adversarial relationships. Instead of living as siblings in Christ, united in baptism, we have believed the lie that the only way to discuss politics and act for justice is to win the argument and demonize the other side. The alternative is to avoid it altogether, and sadly, many do. But both approaches are unfaithful, destroy communities and families, and do nothing to create a more just world. Come to this workshop to help reframe and reorient our discourse and actions in a way that reflects both the gentle compassion and the courageous boldness of Jesus. Facilitated by the Rev. Libby Howe, of the Wisconsin Council of Churches.
The Healing Network: Working through Faith to Address Addiction, Substance Misuse, and Struggles in our Diverse Communities. – This workshop will highlight activities and creative ideas of congregations seeking to implement effective ministries to respond to the opioid and substance use disorder crisis. Hear inspiring stories and meet the network’s new area coordinator, Cheryl Bledsoe. And consider how you and your congregations may participate in the areas of prevention support and networking.
Help Wanted: Welcoming Refugees!– Lutheran Social Services is welcoming over 200 Afghans (and more Refugees from around the world) to our community this year, and you can help welcome our new neighbors! Join with others from around the synod, and make connections to see how working together, we can work with LSS to provide the “long welcome” of resettlement. Anyone can help, regardless of geographic location, age, or congregation size. This workshop is hosted by Mary Flynn, Program Director for Refugee Resettlement at Lutheran Social Services, and sponsored by the GMS’ Immigration and Refugee Task Force.
An Invitation to Serve Among Women Who Live and Work on the Streets – The Benedict Center, Exploit No More, Siebert Lutheran Foundation and Hephatha Lutheran Church invite you to join with them in a growing collaboration of faith partners serving among women who live and work on the streets. We will explore together the call of the Gospel to serve among those who are pushed to the margins of society and we will invite participation in a developing north side Milwaukee faith collaborative, of which our church/agencies are a part. We welcome your presence as we serve God’s people together in new ways. Facilitated by Pr. Mary Martha Kannass.
Options for Sustainability and Hope – Congregations are finding creative paths forward as the models of the church are shifting. Come learn about a new resource, “Holy Conversations,” that can help congregations discern whether they are called to choose revitalization, partnership, or resurrection. We will discuss steps along the process and have a rich discussion about where our mission is leading us in ministry together. Facilitated by Bishop Paul Erickson.
Our Pastor is Leaving, Now What?– Pastoral transition can be a time of anxiety and of opportunity as a congregation bids farewell to a pastor and looks to what’s next. This workshop will talk through a typical transition process, sharing what we have learned about what helps congregations navigate this unique time. Whether your congregation is in transition now or if you are simply curious to hear more, come with your thoughts and questions. Facilitated by Pr. Kristin Nielsen, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregations in Mission.
Pronouns and Other Important Discussions we should have in our congregations- In this workshop, we will talk about more practical ways to make LBGTQIA+ people invited and welcome into our congregations. (We will even talk about what all those letters mean.) Join us for this conversation and bring your questions. Facilitated by Pr. Bill Beyer, chair of the GMS Reconciled in Christ Ministry Team.
Stepping Up; Stepping Back: Where We Have Been, Where We are Going in our Anti-racism Journey – Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The original synod Anti-Racism Team sees a need to step back after 20 plus years while hoping to help encourage new leadership on the synodical and congregational levels. A lot is stirring already in some congregations. Come hear stories from Oconomowoc and Wales, from a pastor and laypeople about how passions within Our Savior’s and All Saints have been ignited around anti-racism work in what might seem to be unlikely places. It’s not always easy but it’s always necessary. Find out how to take the next steps on the synod and congregational journeys. Just know that you never have to do it alone.