a leadership event
Do you serve on the board of a synodical women's organization? Or are you a conference or cluster leader? Then you are invited to attend the 2022 leadership event, For Such a Time as This: Spirit fed, Spirit led.

The main sessions take place February 18 - 19, 2022 (that's a Friday and Saturday), from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. CST via Zoom. There will also be individual gatherings, by regions, on Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m. in a region-friendly time zone (for those regions that span two or more time zones).
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For Such a Time as This: Spirit Fed, Spirit Led will be held online, using Zoom. Advance registration is required. Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Friday and Saturday sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. CST, but the virtual doors will open one hour earlier so participants have adequate time to settle in and test their equipment.

Closer to the event, separate information will be provided so you can access the Thursday evening regional gatherings.
About the theme

Our theme, of course, is drawn from the Old Testament book of Esther, whose particular story speaks to God’s love and care for God’s people when the people can’t free themselves from their present situation. We, like Esther, don’t have to close our eyes and wait for the worst to blow over in the midst of this pandemic. We can follow Esther’s lead by listening for God, following the Holy Spirit, and discerning a plan and strategy to reboot and rebuild each synodical organization with a unique ministry plan.  

The fatigue of living in and leading an organization during a pandemic is real. We all know it. We also know that Women of the ELCA is suffering from financial decline and a decrease in participation. We’re living with political and racial unrest, violence, and a world in crisis. Add it all up, and you might think we’re without hope. But we know that servant leaders will guide our organization (and the world) to a better tomorrow.
So, we’re going to spend some time exploring servant leadership. We are servant leaders because we are disciples. The servant leader can say yes to positions of election, appointment, etc., but these positions are generally time sensitive. Servant leadership is lifelong. It is how the disciple shows up to complete ministry assignments. This leadership event will call our leader-full community of women together to re-member who we are, our purpose, and what God is calling us to do for such a time as this.

In the months following this event, leadership training specific to the different elected roles in our synodical organizations and conferences/clusters will be offered, also virtually. More info about those training sessions will be shared at the 2022 leadership event.
Many thanks

We are grateful to the planning team for the 2022 leadership event. Members of the planning team, appointed by churchwide president Joy Michalicek, are: Lorie Garcia (co-chair), Mary Jo Mettler, Denise Porter, Gaye Rodriguey, Myrna Wells-Ulland, and Tracy Williams (co-chair). The team is supported by Valora K Starr and Linda Post Bushkofsky, churchwide staff.

Send questions about the 2022 leadership event to Linda Post Bushkofsky.
We can't wait to see you for this special event.