Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Rostered Ministers Gathering?

The 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering begins Monday, July 20 early evening through Thursday, July 23 at noon.

There are also three pre-gathering events that begin Sunday, July 19 late afternoon. These events include: Young Rostered Ministers, Deacons and Women Pastors.

Where is the Rostered Ministers Gathering held?

The event will be held in Phoenix, Ariz.at the Phoenix Convention Center (www.phoenixconventioncenter.com)

What is the theme of the gathering?

We will gather under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You.”

Each day we will focus on specific themes including "Remember," "Reclaim," "Rekindle," and "Revive through fellowship, renewal, continuing education, worship, bible study and refreshment for your spirit.

Who may attend this gathering?

All pastors and deacons who are on the roster of the ELCA may attend this event.

Can seminarians attend?

This event is structured around, and planned for, rostered ministers.

How many participants do you expect to attend?

Our first gathering in Atlanta participation was limited due to space. We are excited that the Phoenix Convention Center offers space for up to 2000 participants! 

Can my spouse attend?

If your spouse is a rostered minister, we hope they will be there. This gathering is specifically planned and created for ELCA rostered ministers. If your spouse would like to come and enjoy what Phoenix has to offer, that is more than fine. Additionally, worship is open to everyone.

Are children welcome to attend?

In response to your feedback on the 2017 event, we explored numerous options. Unfortunately, we were not able to find a cost-effective option for infants and toddler-aged children. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center to offer a day camp experience for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Space is limited to 30 participants so if you are interested, sign up early. The cost for this program is $150 per child. 

How much will this event cost?

Registration for the main event is $295 per person with an early registration savings priced at $245 person. Pre-gathering events are priced at an additional $50.

You will also need to plan for your travel expenses to Phoenix as well as your accommodations.

    Early registration (Feb. 20 through May 20 at midnight) – $245
    Regular registration (May 21 through July 6 at midnight) – $295
    *Young Rostered pre-gathering registration – $50
    *Deacon pre-gathering registration – $50
    *Women's 50-40-10 pre-gathering registration – $50

    * limited space available for these events.

What is included in the registration fee?

You will have access to sessions with keynote speakers, small group discussions, a variety of workshops and caucuses as well as activities in the Interaction Center including exhibits and vendors. Included meals: Tuesday and Wednesday lunch, and a Celebration Banquet on Wednesday evening. Everyone also is invited to the Presiding Bishop's Reception on Monday evening following worship.

Are scholarships available?

We are working to find funding to offer a limited number of scholarships to cover the early registration fee. Scholarship attendees are responsible for travel and hotel expenses.

You may also want to consider seeking out possible donors in your congregation, communities or other organizations to cover registration and travel costs.

What hotels are nearby?

The convention center is in downtown Phoenix so there are a number of choices. You are also welcome to make reservations at other hotels or other hotel-type accommodations if you wish.

We have set up room blocks with a rate of $139 plus tax (approximately $157) per night. Once you register, you will be responsible to book your own room. Links to reserve your space will be provided on our website. These will be available beginning Feb. 20.

The hotels are:

All gathering hotels are within walking to the convention center.

That is expensive for a hotel room, can I share with someone?

You could split the cost and share a room with someone else. You will need to make those arrangements on your own. Note that the Hyatt hotel charges an extra $10 per person, per night.

If I am driving to the event, is there a place to park?

The Sheraton Grand Phoenix has a parking garage. We have negotiated a reduced rate of $17 per day for participants of the gathering staying at that hotel.

The Hyatt Regency Phoenix offers a discounted rate of $13 per day which does not include for in/out privileges. For in/out privileges, the rate is $23/day.

There are a number of other lots around the Phoenix Convention Center. You can find more information about them at www.phoenixconventioncenter.com/parking.

Where can I find the schedule for the event?

On the event website, there is a page with the general schedule.

We will be using Guidebook before and during the event to provide up-to-date information and the ability to create a schedule of your activities. Watch for more information about Guidebook, coming soon.

What is a caucus session?

Caucus groups are "open-space" conversation to talk about and ask questions with other colleagues on specific topics related to your work as a rostered minister. Caucus sessions will be scheduled concurrently with workshops on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Where can I find a list of workshop topics and caucus sessions?

Descriptions and schedule of workshops and caucus sessions will be posted in early January.

Who are the bible study leaders?

Deacon Mindy Mckant, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, director of the Youth and Family Ministry Program, and director of the Living Well Center for Vocation and Purpose at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Pastor Karoline Lewis, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary

Who are the keynote speakers?

On Tuesday, the keynote speaker time will take the form of three 15-minute testimonies.

On Wednesday, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, the new CEO and President of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

On Thursday, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Will there be worship at this event?

Yes! The event begins with Holy Communion on Monday afternoon. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of The Episcopal Church will be our preacher.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will center ourselves in worship with morning prayer.

The event concludes with a Holy Communion revival worship. Bishop Leila Ortiz, Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod, will be our preacher.

Where do I find more information about this event?

Find more information about this event by going to:
Website: ELCA.org/RMG
Facebook: ELCARMG

If you have specific questions, you may email RosterGathering@ELCA.org or contact us by calling toll free at 800-635-3522, ext. 2590.

Is there time built into the schedule for free time?

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons will offer you an opportunity for: workshops, interaction center, affinity groups, colleague conversations, or free time, if you choose. Tuesday early evening is dinner on your own prior to Beer and Hymns. You could also plan to arrive early or stay beyond Thursday. We have secured the event rate before and after the event based on hotel availability.