“ON THE WAY TOGETHER”
As you are budgeting for next year, please consider budgeting in the expenses to send your Pastor(s), Deacons, AIMs to the ELCA Rostered Leader Gathering to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2017.
Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way … Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to guide our time together.
We will gather in the name of Jesus, the crucified and risen Christ. We will center ourselves around Word and Sacrament in worship. We will have opportunities to be in fellowship and to dwell in God’s Word. We will hear from keynote speakers. Then we will be sent forth into this world to love and serve the world in Christ’s name.
The ELCA is thrilled to announce The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr. as one of the keynote speakers for this event.
Dr. Forbes is National Minister of the Drum Major Institute, Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church, The Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor at Union Theological Seminary, and President of the Healing of the Nations Ministries (all of these institutions of New York City). Additionally, Dr. Forbes is a highly acclaimed author, scholar and nationally sought-after speaker, affectionately referred to in national and international religious circles as the preacher’s preacher because of his extensive preaching career and his charismatic style. Newsweek magazine once recognized Forbes as one of the 12 “most effective preachers” in the English-speaking world. As a passionate educator, administrator, community and human rights activist and interfaith leader, Dr. Forbes was twice designated as one of America’s greatest Black preachers by Ebony magazine. Dr. Forbes is a featured TEDex speaker and also a frequent guest & contributor to top national media outlets including Huffington Post, MSNBC and others.