Our Events

We Love All 2023

Christ the Servant – Waukesha 2016 Center Rd., Waukesha, WI, United States

The Reconciling in Christ Ministry Team invites you to proclaim “We Love All” as we learn how to be communities of welcome, inclusion, and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ. This year we will welcome Rev. Jonah Overton (@rev_jonah) from Zao MKE Church to share with us how a queer perspective can enrich our theology and open our eyes to see Scripture in a new light. We will also have workshops on LGBTQIA+ 101, A Lutheran Reading of the “Clobber Passages”, How to Be an Ally / Allied Parenting, and more.

2023 First Call Theological Event

Saint Andrew Lutheran Church (Wausau) 150202 County Road NN, Wausau, WI, United States

Due to the number of participants this year, we are unable to gather at St. Anthony in Marathon. Instead, our group will gather at:Saint Andrew Lutheran Church150202 County Rd. NNWausau WI 54401Registration fee is $100. This fee does not include housing - participants who need lodging should contact the hotel directly to make reservations and pay […]

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “The Art of Gathering”

Online Event

At our November GMS Mission Table gathering, members of Our Savior's Lutheran Church will share how they've transformed congregational gatherings to be more hospitable, intentional, and meaningful with the guidance of "The Art of Gathering: How we Gather and Why it Matters" by Priya Parker. (NOTE: The session will include a summary of the book's key principles for those who haven't read it previously!)

I Love to Tell the Story: How Storytelling Can Revitalize Your Congregation

Coffee Makes You Black 2803 North Teutonia Avenue, Milwaukee, United States

Come to hear inspiring stories of how God is touching the lives of people in this synod, and leave with practical tools you can use in your congregation to ignite the practice of spiritual storytelling. (This event is hosted by our Central Conference as part of a synod-wide storytelling event series. We welcome and encourage you to attend even if your home congregation is located in a different conference!)

I Love to Tell the Story: Christmas Edition / Go Tell it on the Mountain!

Water Street Brewery 1251 Gateway Drive, Grafton, WI, United States

Celebrate the Advent season with a fun and festive night of carols, stories and good cheer! (This event is hosted by our North Conference as part of a synod-wide storytelling event series. We welcome and encourage you to attend even if your home congregation is located in a different conference!)

Bishop’s Trip to El Salvador

Bishop Erickson will be leading a trip to visit our partners in the Lutheran Synod of El Salvador, January 16-24, 2024. This visit will include opportunities to learn about the history and current dynamics in the country and in the church, as well as a chance to visit local congregations and leaders.

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “Meeting God in Authentic Diversity Work”

Online Event

At our January GMS Mission Table gathering, Pr. Afi Dobbins-Mays (Assistant to the Bishop for Authentic Diversity) will host a conversation with members from All Saints Lutheran Church in Wales, WI as they share about what God is doing in their hearts as they read together, and wrestle together, around the work of anti-racism and authentic diversity.

The Healing Network: Leadership Training Overview

Online Event

From our partners at the Healing Network: This workshop for clergy, congregational staff and members provides an overview of the congregational team ministry model and tools and strategies to build congregational support to initiate a prevention and recovery support ministry.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Suds and Songs Fundraiser

Lake Park Lutheran Church - Milwaukee 2647 N. Stowell Ave., MIlwaukee, WI, United States

A fundraiser benefiting Lutheran Campus Ministry with hymns, classic Wisconsin food, and craft beverages! If you can't attend but would like to support Campus Ministry, give online at www.lcm-in-mke.org/donate.

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “What makes a good partnership?”

Online Event

What does a mutual partnership grounded in accompaniment look like? Hear stories about the partnership shared between Cross Lutheran in Milwaukee and Unity Lutheran in Brookfield. We'll also learn how to develop a partnership from Pastor Chris Manke of Outreach for Hope. Together we'll be inspired to strengthen existing partnerships between congregations and build new ones.

ELCA Youth Gathering Adult Leader Training

Online Event

All adult leaders attending the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering are encouraged to attend this spring leader training with our Greater Milwaukee Synod Champion, Pastor Jennifer Rose. The training will take place via Google Meet; a recorded version will also be available. Please email pastorjenniferrose@gmail.com for the link!

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “Fresh Expressions”

Online Event

NOTE: Our March event will take place on 3/19, which is different from our usual timing of the 4th Tuesday of the month. Pr. Matthew Short (Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelical Mission) will host a conversation about the “Fresh Expressions” movement of mission renewal. Some leaders and congregations in our synod are experimenting with these resources, and we are going to talk about what they are learning, and what it looks like to create forms of Christian community out in daily life that primarily hold space for people who are not connected to our traditional church structures. Please share this with others who you know who might be wondering how to begin or continue this work in their own congregations!

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “How Things Have Changed”

Online Event

If you have noticed changes in worship attendance and church participation, you are not alone! This month's conversation is an opportunity to set aside blame and shame, to learn how the changes we are experiencing are part of a broader societal shift, and to listen for the Spirit calling us into new adventures in spiritual renewal.

The Healing Network: Team Training

Holy Cross Lutheran Church W156 N8131 Pilgrim Road, Menomonee Falls

From our partners at the Healing Network: This workshop is a vital aspect of team formation, vision casting, mission development, connection to community resources, and initial understanding and planning in the ministry areas of prevention, early intervention, referral assistance, recovery support, and advocacy.

Adventures in Renewal Co-Lab Day

Schuetze Recreation Center (Activity Room) 1120 Baxter Street, Waukesha, United States

This event is for all who are engaged in, or curious about, mission renewal, mission coaching, and innovation! Join us as we gather to share stories of how God is renewing our sense of mission,  learn from those who have been experiencing renewal, and be energized together for our next steps. (This event will take the place of our previous Faithful Innovation training days.)