Generosity and Vitality in the NOW Normal

Sponsored by the Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Saturday, January 21, 2023
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church
1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446

An in-person only event

Cost: $40 per person (includes lunch)
FREE for SEPA/NEPA Synod seminarians and first-call pastors

Engage with two outstanding church leaders in plenary presentations and question and answer sessions.  Louise Johnson will speak on change leadership;  while The Rev. Dr.  Soong-Chan Rah will talk about how the church can express generosity and vitality in the midst of our broken reality. Plus, 10 practical workshops!

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Keynote Speakers:

Louise Johnson

“Serving the Living God Who Loves to Overcome the Impossible”

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Look at the statistics on church decline, clergy burnout, or pandemic fatigue. Talk with leaders who represent minority populations. Learn how most church leaders are juggling a complex set of challenges that often include significant personal issues or family struggles. It doesn’t take much to recall how a challenging call to serve the church has become exponentially more challenging in the past few years. The work of responding to Jesus’ call to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28) has gotten to be pretty heavy lifting – maybe something most of us have put on the back burner or given up altogether. The important day-in day-out work of the church and the immediate demands of the world around us make it almost impossible to give our time and energy to the very things we believe are most vital. Almost. Leadership is an important tool. Understanding the contours of the adaptive environment can help us navigate the challenges before us. But we also have the power and promise of God who raised Jesus from the dead, who loves to step into the work that is impossible for us. We will explore together how we navigate the important and the immediate work of serving the church and remember the promises of God who renews us for the work that seems impossible – at least for us.

Louise N. Johnson is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She serves as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop/Executive for Administration of the ELCA. Prior to her work with the ELCA, Johnson served as Director for Leadership Development for LEAD (www.waytolead.org), teaching and speaking on change leadership.

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Johnson also served as the fourteenth president of Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, where she led the seminary to its largest fundraising and enrollment years in the history of the school.  Johnson also pursued an interest in organizational leadership, undergoing several courses including the completion of a Certificate in Leadership and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She continues to teach, speak and consult in change leadership in church organizations


Soong-Chan Rah

“The Necessity of Lament in Troubled Times”

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Robert Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and the author of Prophetic Lament (A Commentary on the book of Lamentations from IVP Books, 2015); The Next Evangelicalism (IVP Books, 2009); Many Colors (Moody, 2010); and co-author of Return to Justice (Brazos, 2016), Forgive Us (Zondervan, 2014), and Unsettling Truths (IVP Books, 2019).

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Soong-Chan received his B.A. in Political Science and History/Sociology from Columbia University, his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, his Th.M. from Harvard University, his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Duke University.

Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context.

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Workshop Leaders

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Doug Powe

Ryan Burge

Dave Daubert

Miguel Gomez-Acosta

Rob Blezard

Louise Johnson

Soong-Chan Rah

Mike Bennethum

Mary Wolfe

Carolyn Wilt

Amanda Schulenberg

 

This is an in-person event. In addition to our keynotes, you have your choice among 10 informative workshops. Register early for in-person attendance and to sign up for your preferred workshops.

Cost: $40/person (includes lunch)

SEPA/NEPA seminarians and first-call pastors FREE

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

 

STEWARDSHIP OF LIFE INSTITUTE (SOLI)

The Larry House Memorial Fund for Stewardship Education at UNITED LUTHERAN SEMINARY

THRIVENT FINANCIAL

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, Lansdale, PA

REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH, Media, PA

CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH, West Chester, PA

ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH, West Chester, PA

ST. ANDREW LUTHERAN CHURCH, Perkasie, PA

ST. MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH, Springfield, PA

REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH, Jamison, PA

 

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