Synod Educational Online Webinars
Since we had to cancel our in-person Synod Educational Gatherings, we will now offer several of the workshops online.. Each will have a presentation, time for Q & A during the event, and a follow-up session at a later date, if class desires.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
You may register for 1, several or all of the free online workshops below- just click on the link at the bottom of each workshop description for a simple registration form.
LGBTQIA Beautiful Plus: Conversations Around Becoming an RIC Synod -
Saturday, May 16th at 10-11:30am
Enter a conversation and learn from members of the Synod's RIC Task Force about "Reconciling in Christ"- What it means, why it's important ,and why this Synod is exploring the possibility. Small Group Discussions and large group presentations.
Members of the Synod RIC Task Force, including Rev. Megan Filer,
MaryAnn Nelson, Erin Burk
**Register for RIC Synod Workshop
registration link coming May 1st
Building Community Partnerships while Maintaining your Tax-Exempt Status-
Saturday, May 19th at 6-7:30pm
Get informed about the types of building rentals and how to engage them in shared ministry partnerships. How can you recognize partnerships through building usage arrangements? This workshop will cover non-partnership private event rental and facility usage rules while still maintaining your tax-exempt status. Plus, cell phone tower leases, the two types of tax-exempt statuses, plus how your facility usage may impact both federal and state business tax-exemption, and state and local property tax-exemption.
Phil Edlund, Certified Church Administrator serving at Mountain View Lutheran in Edgewood and Chapter President of The Church Network (national admin networking group)
Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church-
Saturday, May 30th at 10-11:30am
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain young people. it profiles innovative churches engaging 15-to-29 year olds that a growing- spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to position their churches to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the whole church. This workshop will explore the Six Essential Strategies and talk about how your congregation can use these as part of your ministry.
Time for online Q & A. Followup with a Growing Young Book Group to continue this work, if desired.
Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher, Synod Youth Committee Chair, serving at St
Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows, Tacoma and Terri Hekroth, Director of Youth
Ministries at Creator Lutheran, Bonney Lake.
**Register in advance for Growing Young Workshop
Top 3 Things You Can Do on Social Media to Build Community -
Wednesday, June 3rd at 6-7:30pm
Learn about three things that you can easily do in your congregation using social media to grow community.
Cort Okfen, webmaster for St Marks Lutheran Church by the Narrows, Tacoma, owner of most followed twitter handle in S. Tacoma, and owner of Okfen & Associates, an internet marketing company.
**Register for Social Media Workshop
Saturday, June 6th 10-11:30am
Have you ever wondered how you could cultivate the compassion called for in the Charter or help others cultivate that compassion? compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a great place to start!
Learn about how this program, which Holy Trinity Lutheran church has implemented, is a resiliency-informed program that cultivates human values as skills, so we can thrive as individuals, and a society within s healthy environment. By learning skills to calm our bodies and mind, becoming more emotionally aware, learning to practice compassion for ourselves and others, as well as engaging with compassion in complex systems, we can build towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one's life in accordance with one's values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity.
Pastor Kristin-Luana Baumann, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Port Angeles, Compassionate Integrity Training Facilitator.
**Register for Compassionate Integrity Workshop
Purple mosaic cross used in the image above was created by the Mosaic Ministry Group at Stella Lutheran Chapel in Longview, WA with Pastor Jill Ross.