Addiction Survival Kit for Clergy: Core Compentencies

An interactive workshop to equip clergy and pastoral care workers with the needed knowledge and skills to develop an informed, compassionate response to addiction and related mental health issues and initiate congregational prevention and recovery support ministries.

The Healing Network Training Overview

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.

Chrism Mass

Ascension Lutheran - Milwaukee 1236 South Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI, United States

We invite all rostered ministers and lay leaders to join us for a Chrism Mass on Tuesday, April 4, at 9 am at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee. Participants will have the opportunity to renew their ordination and baptismal vows and receive a small container of oil that can be used for anointing. […]

Equipping the Saints Capital and Stewardship Campaign Leader Training

Online Event

Capital needs . . . stewardship needs . . . Equipping the Saints mission appeal. . . . Is your congregation wondering and asking, “How can we meet our congregation capital needs? With those needs, how can we participate in the Equipping the Saints mission appeal? Is there a way to do it all?” Capital […]

Event Series I’m Curious About . . .

I’m Curious About . . .

Online Event

A monthly virtual gathering of Christians dreaming together about where God is leading the Church. Hear inspiring reflections, connect with others, and take questions and resources back to your congregation. Every voice is welcome! Each month, we will meet to discuss a topic related to the mission we share. Clergy and lay participants will have separate breakout […]

Equipping the Saints Capital and Stewardship Campaign Leader Training

Online Event

Capital needs . . . stewardship needs . . . Equipping the Saints mission appeal. . . .Is your congregation wondering and asking, “How can we meet our congregation capital needs? With those needs, how can we participate in the Equipping the Saints mission appeal? Is there a way to do it all?”Capital needs of […]

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “What’s a Coach Do, Anyway?”

Online Event

At our September GMS Mission Table gathering, hear from one congregation about how an innovation coach helped them listen to God and one other, try small experiments, and engage their neighbors in new ways. You’ll also learn about a grant that might help your congregation bring on an innovation coach.

Fall Leadership Conference

Lutherdale Bible Camp N7891 Hwy 12, Elkhorn, WI, United States

Join us for a time of learning and renewal for GMS faith leaders, including lay members and staff, council presidents, and rostered ministers. Our presenter will be Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation and the first Native Woman Theologian with a PhD in the ELCA.

Inspired for Mission Zoom Gathering: “Meeting God Over Coffee”

Online Event

At our October GMS Mission Table gathering, learn from a new ministry in our synod about the ways they are encountering God by gathering for coffee, calm, and communion - not in a church building but in a coffee shop. We'll hear the story and try a brief spiritual practice together.

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!)

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.

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.

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!