Pre-Event Gatherings

Women's 50th ordination anniversary (July 19-20):
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of a Lutheran church choosing to ordain women in the United States.  We invite women who are pastors to join together to celebrate 50 years of professional ministry, to lament the hardships that women in particular have had to face as pastors, and to work together to build a better future. The registration fee for this event is $50.

Deacons (July 19-20):
Under the theme, "Empowering Deacons for the Future," the ELCA Deacon pre-gathering is an opportunity for rostered deacons to come together to engage, discern, and dream of ways to live and serve together as a new roster with and in this church.  We will look at where we came from, where we are today, and where God is leading us in the near and distant future. Come to this gathering to see what God is up to in and among deacons from all over the country! The registration fee for this event is $50.

Young Rostered Ministers (July 19-20):
God has called you to this ministry and it’s time to have an honest experience that engages the inspiration, challenges, and hope that brings. Gather with fellow young rostered ministers to be energized, encouraged, and empowered for the work you do every day among the people of God.

This pre-gathering is intended for rostered ministers in their 20's and 30's. You will be invited to:

  • hear the stories of peers and mentors as we explore what brought us, shaped us, and sustains us in this calling
  • reflect on and articulate your personal story in new ways
  • share how our distinctive sacred stories are shaping the church and the world.

The registration fee for this event is $50.


GuidebookThe Guidebook app will be available during the event.