The World is About to Turn
Community Organizing Training for Congregational Leaders

Times such as this call for prophetic leadership from our faith communities – churches being places of engaged transformation amidst shifting sands. The synod and a group of congregations have come together based on a shared interest to be this kind of embodiment of church. We see the need for developing a common framework and language on community engagement.

Out of this vision, this group has planned a multi-day training focusing on skill-building and strategic planning for January 13–16 at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo and Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park. It’s more relevant than ever for our leaders to come together to build common tools and shared analysis – so we can act collectively, connecting our deep faith values to our neighborhoods and public life. Trainers from Midwest Academy, a national training school in community organizing, will lead us. Be prepared to walk away challenged, excited, and empowered in your own leadership.

Bringing a team from a congregation is recommended; individuals interested in participating should contact Brenda Blackhawk (, Grace Corbin (, Meghan Olsen Biebighauser (, Melissa Pohlman (, Nick Tangen (, or Bob Hulteen ( as soon as possible to secure your spot. As a conference-style training, be prepared for an immersive experience and to be present onsite for the full four days. We are excited for this transformative time together.



We will gather on January 13 at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park (9:00 am – 4:00 pm; meals and snacks will be included). Attendees will spend the night of January 13 at home. (Exceptions to housing on January 13 can be worked out.)

January 14–16 will be at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo (attendees will spend the night at Christ the King on the 14 and 15. All meals and snacks will be included).

Register below. A deposit of $150 is due with registration (online or by check).
Full payment of $545 is due by January 6.

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