October 25, 2015

“Why Don’t My Children (and Grandchildren) Go to Church?”

Dr. David Lose, president of LTSP, will speak on this topic at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1:15 pm. It’s a common refrain, but unless we understand why and especially what’s different about the world our kids and grandkids are growing up in than the world in which we grew...

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September 15, 2015

Northeast Diakonia Classes Begin

The Northeast Conference is excited to announce that they will be hosting Diakonia(TM) classes starting Tuesday evening, September 15th.  The Diakonia program is a two year process of spiritual formation and theological education, open to all who would like to learn more about the Lutheran Church and its teachings.  Classes will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church,...

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August 29, 2015

Faith Forming Faith with Paul Hoffman

In the Northwest U.S., known as the land of “the Nones” (people with no religious affiliation), Pastor Paul Hoffman successfully used a process of faith formation and renewal called “The Way” for more than 10 years at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. He will visit Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Coatesville on Saturday, Aug. 29 to tell...

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May 8, 2015

Forward Together in Faith: Equipping

“Thanks to significant work by the people of the synod, God has cast a vision,” and now it is the time for the people of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (SEPA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to take on the work God is dreaming for them to do, said Jeff Kjellberg of Kairos Associates....

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February 26, 2015

Pre-Lenten Text Workshop

The Upper Bucks Conference of the SEPA Synod will once again host a noted teacher for a pre-Lenten workshop and retreat on Tuesday, February 3rd.  This year, the speaker will be Dr. Mark Oldenburg from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Dr. Oldenburg’s topic, “Proclaiming the Presence: The Pascha with Often Ignored Partners”, will explore...

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February 3, 2015

Ministry Partner: Communicators’ Network

Together as SEPA Synod we confidently declare it’s “God’s Work – Our Hands”.  Those of us who work in SEPA’s Communicator Network declare further that it’s “God’s Message – Our Channels” Who is a “communicator”?  It’s anyone in our congregations who is working in: Print communications Email Web and social media Video Multimedia for worship...

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January 13, 2015

Preaching in a Digital Age

As we become used to 140-character “tweets” and ephemeral updates and chats, preachers will have to work harder to earn and keep the attention of their listeners, according to “Preaching in a digital age,” a Lutheran article by our own RevWriter Sue Lang. In the article, LTSP President Dr. David Lose explains that people are saturated with...

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January 5, 2015

MinistryLink Updates January 5

Our latest MinistryLink e-newsletter features an upcoming learning day on “Connecting the Web of Faith,” St. John, Pottstown’s final worship, farewell party for Molly Beck Dean, Bishop Eaton’s January Column, adult learning opportunity on “Americans, the Bible and the ‘Middle East'”. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter Connecting the Web of Faith Feb. 7...

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January 5, 2015

Connecting Web of Faith Feb. 7

The Upper Bucks Conference will host “Connecting the Web of Faith,” a learning day for church leaders, on Feb. 7 from 9 am to 3 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 19 10th St., Quakertown. Keynote speaker is Keith Anderson, author of the forthcoming book “The Digital Cathedral” and co-author of “Click2Save: The Digital Ministry...

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November 12, 2014

2014 Bishop’s Convocation – Generations of Generosity

For the first time in history, six generations are living and worshipping in our congregations simultaneously. To thrive congregations must find ways to relate to all of these cohorts, even though they respond to very different approaches to faith formation and institutional support. Join us at the 2014 Bishop’s Convocation as we explore the connection...

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August 25, 2014

Mediation Skills for Church Leaders

August 25-29 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, PA Sponsored by the Upper Susquehanna Synod Conflict is normal and inevitable – whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. Leaders in all walks of life often have a responsibility to help others work through their conflicts. The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard...

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July 21, 2014

Mutual Ministry: Making it Work

photo credit: Ken Rowland via photopin cc In October 2014, Pastor Sue Lang, of RevWriter Resources, LLC, one of the co-authors of Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), will offer a day-long workshop guiding participants through an exploration of mutual ministry and its exciting ministry possibilities for your congregation. It will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014...

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June 17, 2014

diakonia Retreat July 12

Dr. Phillip Cary, author of “Good News for Anxious Christians,” will lead the annual diakonia™ retreat on Saturday, July 12 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Devon. The theme is “How the Gospel Forms Us,” a day of learning, worship and fellowship. Cary is professor of philosophy and Christian studies at Eastern University. The retreat...

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June 11, 2014

Family Systems Training for Clergy

“Family Systems Training for Clergy, Religious Leaders, and Pastoral Counselors” begins it’s third year this Fall on the SEPA territory in Bucks County.  Originally developed with clergy in the Upper Bucks Conference, this training affords leaders an in-depth continuing education opportunity to learn Bowen Family Systems Theory and it’s application to personal and professional life in...

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June 2, 2014

Congregational Finances Forum

photo credit: photosteve101 via photopin cc The Upper and Lower Montgomery Conferences will co-sponsor a forum on “Facing Congregational Finances: Why Marketing and Management are not Four-letter Words” on Tuesday, September 16. The session is open to all conferences of the Synod. Dr. Jon Pahl, Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Christianity at LTSP, will be the presenter. The forum runs...

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For more information about Synod programs and communications, or for help with communications issues in your congregation, contact:
Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation

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