Twice each year, rostered ministers gather together for worship, learning, conversation, and relationship building. Given the abundance of local resource people, a seminary or college professor regularly presents on an important and timely topic. Our fall Ministerium is held jointly with the Saint Paul Area Synod, taking turns acting as hosts.

“I love the opportunity to lead worship at Ministerium — sharing that role with the pastors of our host congregation. And, our rostered ministers really seem to enjoy being together.” — Bishop Ann Svennungsen

Next Ministerium:

Joint Ministerium with Saint Paul Area Synod
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Beyond Fear & Division: A Sikh Challenge to the Lutheran Vocation

We live in a time of inter-religious engagement. At the 2019 Fall Joint Ministerium, rostered leaders from the Saint Paul and Minneapolis synods will be challenged to reflect more deeply on these relationships. There will also be an opportunity to consider the ELCA’s recently-adopted Declaration of our Inter-Religious Commitment.

Dr. Rahuldeep Gill, our featured speaker, is an author and educator. His first book, Drinking from Love’s Cup, examined seventeenth century Sikh texts. He is currently translating the poetry of the earliest Sikh scriptures while also writing his memoir. The Los Angeles TimesPatheos.comHuffington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle have published his writings. ​

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:00 am Check-in Olson Campus Center (OCC) Commons
9:00-10:00 am Worship Chapel of the Incarnation
10:00-10:30 am Break/Refreshments OCC Commons
10:30-11:15 am Keynote Address Chapel of the Incarnation
11:15-11:45 am Q&A Chapel of the Incarnation
12:00 Optional Lunch New Bohemia Wurst & BierHaus, Roseville

Following the conclusion of the ministerium, participants are invited to gather at New Bohemia Wurst & BierHaus (2730 Snelling Avenue North, Roseville) for an optional lunch. The meal includes choice of brat (vegan and gluten-free options available), sides, non-alcoholic beverages and a drink ticket for a tap beer.

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The Fall 2015 Ministerium was jointly sponsored by Minneapolis Area and Saint Paul Area synods and featured keynote speaker Dr. Jacob J. Erickson, St. Olaf.
Held on March 31, the 2016 Spring Ministerium featured conversations about the future of the ELCA and a presentation by Dr. Michael Chan (Luther Seminary) titled “Why Daniel’s Visions Matter for the Church Today.”
Rostered ministers in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Area synods were invited to hear Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ present about her new book, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women.  Fall 2016 Worship Resources >

Rostered Ministers in the Minneapolis Area Synod gathered at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church to hear Rev. Lamont Wells (DEM at Metropolitan New York Synod) and Dr. Paul Pribbenow (President at Augsburg University) discuss “Why Lutheran? Does Luther Still Matter in the 21st Century?”

Several clergy participants asked about the manuscript and Rev. Wells readily agreed to make it available for others. Click here to download the PDF.

Rostered ministers of the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Area Synods gathered together on the morning of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Tuesday, October 31. The theme, “Turning 501,” examined how Lutherans respond to the world in which we live in our 501st year. Speakers included Emilie Bouvier (Minneapolis Area Synod), Dr. Corinne Carvalho (St. Thomas University), the Rev. Jen Collins (Hosanna Lutheran, Forest Lake), Joe Davis (Artist [and poet] in residence at Luther Seminary), Dr. Karoline Lewis (Luther Seminary), and the Rev. Peter Rogness (retired bishop of Saint Paul Area Synod).

Rostered ministers in the Minneapolis Area Synod gathered for worship and a presentation by Rev. Sarah Ciavarri on the topic, “Resiliency: From Suriving to Thriving.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, presented to the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Area Synod rostered ministers.

Jeremy Myers presented to Minneapolis Area Synod rostered ministers about the Augsburg Riverside Innovation Hub