Tool Kit and Conference Assemblies
February 22 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
What Our New Starts Are Learning That You Should Know
Led by MAS Mission Developers
Our synod’s mission developers are connecting with new people in new places in new ways. They are learning lots along the way. What have they discovered that can fuel your congregation’s imagination?
Best Accounting Practices
Led by Ty Inglis
What are the building blocks for serving God’s church through communicating financial information, establishing effective policies and procedures and building enthusiasm for mission?
What Churches Can and Can’t Do Regarding the Election
Parents as Faith Formers
Led by Stephanie Luedtke
Research shows that parents are the most important influence on their children’s spirituality. We will discuss how we, as church leadership and staff, can support parents in their roles as the primary faith formers in their children’s lives. Participants will come away with specific tools for how to help parents and congregations keep the promises they made at their children’s baptisms.
Mental Health Connect
Led by Vicki Elliott
Good Stewardship: Maximizing the Value of your Real Estate
Led by Jeremy Striffler
Real estate can be a religious organization’s largest but most overlooked asset. We will offer our real estate expertise and nuanced understanding of the complexities of a religious community to help attendees understand how they can achieve outstanding results that are thoughtfully matched to their mission and ministry. The panel will encompass leasing, buying and selling of properties, along with effective property management ideas. More importantly, we will provide ample time for Q&A and idea sharing focused around good stewardship.
How to Kill a Meeting
Led by Rev. John Hulden
Is it against the 5th Commandment to kill a meeting? Have you been to a meeting that died a slow death by neglect or lack of planning or discussions that go off the rail? What makes for a good meeting? How about a terrible meeting? Are your meetings worth the time (# of people x length of meeting=hours of precious volunteer time)? Come hear some antidotes to bad meetings, and bring some of your own to share.
Engaging your Community: An Introduction to Mission Insite
Led by John Mai
Looking to better engage your community in your church’s mission? Mission Insite is a demographic tool that the synod has made available to its congregations. It can produce reports that give information about your community’s age, lifestyle, income level, race/ethnicity, and a number of other demographics. The synod’s contract with Mission Insite expires this summer, so come learn about how you can take advantage of this tool before then!
Quilts, Kits, and So Much More: Living the Accompaniment Model in Global Community
Led by Global Companion Table of the Minneapolis Area Synod
This workshop will provide review of the Accompaniment model of global mission work and expand understanding of the partner organizations in the Minneapolis Area Synod. Participants will leave with resources for learning more about accompaniment, and utilize practical ways to enhance global mission work in their congregations.
HR Responsibilities for Church Council
Led by Janet Thompson
Among the fiduciary responsibilities for Church Councils are several relating to Human Resources. These include hiring and performance review; development and implementation of an employee handbook outlining expectations and policies; oversight of compliance with federal and state employment laws; and maintaining personnel records.
Come to this workshop to learn about best practices for Church Councils. Bring your questions and examples of good or poor practices in your congregation.
What is a Sanctuary Church?
Led by Jen Nagel and Nick Tangen
With the ELCA voting to become a Sanctuary Church at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, many congregations are discussing what it means to be part of a sanctuary church. What are the moral/ethical implications? What are the risks? How does a church become a sanctuary congregation? What are some of the practical considerations? Pastor Jen Nagel and Nicholas Tangen from University Lutheran Church of Hope will share some of the learning they’ve done in partnership with ISAIAH and the University Area Sanctuary Coalition.
Church Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Led by members of Our Savior’s, East Bethel
Churches often face the tension of being open places of welcome while also ensuring safety and security. Come hear about Our Saviour’s East Bethel “Emergency Response Team.” Take a tour of the ERT program and see what this congregation is doing for medical emergencies, disaster readiness and potential hostile events.