Upcoming Synod Events for
Congregation Presidents & Other Leaders
Bishop's Conversations with Congregation Presidents
February 1 & 5
We invite Congregation Presidents to join us for the next Congregation President's meeting Bishop Andy. Since January is the time when many new presidents take office, we’ll discuss how to run both congregational and council meetings, giving suggestions for best practices. We’ll also have time for break out groups for discussion with other presidents about what is happening in your congregation, and how you and your churches are proclaiming the gospel at this time. 

The conversations will take place over Zoom and both current and incoming Congregation Presidents are invited. There will be two sessions offered so you can choose the one that works best for you. The dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday, February 1 - 7:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. HST

Saturday, February 5 - 10:00 a.m. PST/8:00 a.m. HST

You may register for the session of your choice by using the registration button below. Each session will last about 90 minutes. You will receive a confirmation email after registering which will include the Zoom link to join the conversation. This link will also be sent to you the morning of your session.
Coaching for All Seasons:
Monthly Online Gathering for Pacifica Synod
Rostered & Lay Leaders
Thursday, February 3, 2022
11:00 a.m. to noon (PST) / 9:00 a.m. (HST)
Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link to join and may be done here.

What does a Bishop do?

What an interesting question in this year when Pacifica Synod will elect a Bishop who’s never served in that role. At our next gathering, Bishop Erik Gronberg, of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, will share his thoughts on the responsibilities of a bishop. Topics will include:

  • what qualifications help a bishop succeed;
  • how a bishop selects his/her staff; 
  • how a bishop sets priorities; 
  • what Bishop Erik wishes he had known before he became bishop that he had to learn by experience; and
  • anything else Bishop Erik thinks would be helpful to rostered and lay leaders who will be voting to elect our new bishop.

Bishop Erik was elected in April of 2016. Before that, he served as pastor of congregations in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and Fort Worth, Texas. 

A native Texan, he enrolled at Harvard University, where he was a letterman on the football team (1997 Ivy League champions) and an active participant in Lutheran Campus Ministry. After earning his Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy, he worked as a consultant in the municipal bond market assisting governments, hospitals, and universities to structure and re-structure multimillion-dollar debt financings.

Bishop Erik graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2005 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in the ELCA. He earned a PhD in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University in 2017. His area of academic interest is adaptive leadership in crisis.

Brought to you by your Pacifica Synod Coaching Team to support Synod leaders during challenging times. Each monthly offering brings a presentation on a current topic and an opportunity to discuss it in a small group facilitated by an ELCA coach.

Pacifica Synod has invested in training coaches to work with rostered and lay leaders one-on-one or in groups. A coach's role is to support leaders in naming challenging issues and identifying constructive responses to them. 
For more information: 
Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page for resources as well as previous presentations.  

If you would like more information about coaching, please contact Deenna Eley, Pacifica Synod Coaching Coordinator at pacificacoachinggroup@gmail.com 
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so all may experience God’s boundless grace.
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