Correction on date/time for "Building Community" Workshop below:
FREE SYNOD WORKSHOPS ONLINE
The Synod is offering free online educational workshops on a variety of topics. 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 as many as you'd like, just click on the link at the bottom of each workshop description for a simple registration form. You may also find them all on the Synod website at
Building Community Partnerships while Maintaining your Tax-Exempt Status
Tuesday, May 19th at
(note corrected day and time)
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.
Webinar will be live on Tuesday, May 19th at 6-7:3pm.
There will be a follow-up Q and A time at a date selected by attendees to this live webinar.
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.
Top 3 Things You Can Do on Social Media to Build Community
Wednesday, June 3rd at 6-7:30pm
Learn three things that you can easily do in your congregation using social media to grow community.
Presentation will include budget-friendly options.
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.
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.
This will be an online live meeting, and will
be recorded, as participants will practice meditation and other personal practices.
Pastor Kristin-Luana Baumann, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Port Angeles, Compassionate Integrity Training Facilitator.
Stewardship in Uncertain Times
Watch Video Anytime
Follow-up discussions with Rev. Mike Ward and Paul Marsh will be available
June 10th at 10am and 6:30pm for live virtual conversation
Life has changed dramatically in the last few weeks and that change is still unfolding. In the midst of this change, people are needing the peace and comfort provided by faith in God. At the same time, as our normal patterns are upended and the nation is struggling economically, we worry about financial resources for our ministries. It is critically important now that we focus on how we tell our story of impact, how we invite people to generosity, how we envision a future where our congregations are more important and vital than ever.
In the video you will learn tangible ideas for responding during this crisis and how to put in place the infrastructure to keep generosity flowing to your congregations. Presenters will also point out messaging that you should avoid during this time. Additionally they are sharing resources about responding to this crisis that can be found at
This session is suggested for pastors, stewardship leaders, finance committee members, council members and others engaged in congregational leadership.
GSB Partner, Rev. Mike Ward, CFRE, author of Abundance: Creating Cultures of Generosity, and his colleague, Paul Marsh, CFRE
No need to register to watch video. Then, you may register for a Zoom discussion with Pastor Ward on either June 10th, if desired.
Please join Pastor Ward for Follow Up Conversations about his video, "Stewardship in Uncertain Times" via Zoom:
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.