A tool or training is simply anything that is designed to help empower YOU or your CONGREGATION. Examples include webinars, conferences, online or in-person learning events, special groups offering help for a cause, or financial assistance opportunities. With rostered ministers, continuing education and conference opportunities are also listed on this page. Of course, these are just a few examples. It is up to you to use your best judgement when submitting a tool or training.
2.) What should I consider when submitting a tool or training?
a.) When submitting tools and trainings, the first thing to consider is whether or not it is designated for rostered ministers only, or if it's open to anyone in our congregations. If it is open to rostered ministers only, it will be posted on this page. If it is open to anyone, it will be posted here.
b.) The second thing to consider are the benefits and opportunities for growth. Is this something that is going to help enhance your career, personal growth, or congregation? Example of a Tool or Training: "Help your congregation grow and thrive! Join our upcoming webinar on congregational enhancement. "
3.) Where do I submit information regarding a tool or upcoming training? You can submit information via the form posted at the bottom of this page.
2023 Portico Update
Utilize text support: It’s brave and smart to seek help if you’re living with stress, depression, anxiety, or mental health struggles – but accessing an in-person counselor isn’t always easy or even possible. That’s one reason the ELCA-Primary health plan EAP benefit has expanded to include Talkspace, digital confidential online counseling with licensed therapists via text, video, or audio. Read more on myPortico.
Retirement on the horizon? Increase your confidence and peace of mind by learning more about developing a withdrawal strategy, utilize Social Security, plan for health care costs, and more. Participate in live virtual workshops later in January, or watch the recordings whenever it works for you. Learn more, or sign up to participate, on myPortico.
Getting started on your taxes early? The Richard R. Hammar Clergy Tax Guide and the Federal Reporting Guide for Churches are both available on myPortico at no cost to you.
Develop a ‘I can do this’ mindset: Deep breaths, time with loved ones, a good night’s sleep … what are your best practices for keeping yourself centered and healthy? If you’re looking to expand your toolbox, and you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, check out Learn to Live’s new course focusing on building resilience. Take the initial assessment and then enroll in the self-guided program at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Here are the links (above) if you’d like to embed them yourself:
St. John/St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
The St. John/St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Endowment Fund will be accepting applications for its 2023 funding cycle on May 1, 2023. Grants from this fund may be applied towards projects of any faith-based organization affiliated with the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod that introduce people to God’s grace and to God’s healing and helping presence. In order to be eligible, grant requests should fulfill one of the following uses:
Provide seed money for new outreach activities, programs, and/or ministries.
Support existing outreach programs which have not yet become self-supporting.
Support programs specifically designed to reach people who are not currently being served by the grant applicant.
Provide education and/or training for congregation members or staff consistent withthe Endowment Fund’s outreach mission.
Last year’s recipients included OPEN M, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church DLM Program, OASIS and Faith Lutheran Church “Loads of Faith” Laundry Ministry.The Grant Application will be available in late April at faithlutheranchurch.org.Grantsare due by June 30, 2023. For more information contact the church office at 330-836-8811 or Linda Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More People, More Ideas, Better Outreach!
The Sharing Congregational Resources presentation created by your Synod Council representatives is ready to go! All NEO conferences, clusters and congregations are invited to secure this unique opportunity. The Northwest Conference participated, spurring lively discussion and helpful thoughts. They are already benefitting in many important ways by sharing their congregational gifts in community with other congregations. To reserve a date on your calendar for the Sharing Congregational Resources presentation, please contact Susan Frantz (email@example.com or 937-725-0969, please leave message).
Opportunity for Congregations Without a Pastor
Is your church currently without a pastor? Are you preparing the worship space and/or the bulletin each week? Where do you go to find all the different prayers for each season? A few simple changes in the words used can enhance the worship experience. You can confidently plan engaging worship services using Sundays & Seasons, a fantastic resource available at Augsburg Fortress for around $50/year. The Rev. Lor Breyley loves worship, and is volunteering to schedule a gathering of worship planners from congregations currently without a pastor, to hear their needs, frustrations, and joys around this important ministry you graciously attend to each week. Let’s spend time working through segments of the S&S book to become familiar with what is available and useful for your congregation. Interested? Email Rev. Lor Breyley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 248-850- 6357.
Congregation Annual Report Covers
The congregation annual report covers are now online. Both options can be found here:
RECLAIM is a curated gathering for people of African Descent of all ages and gender identities brought to us by African Descent Ministries. Building on well established community traditions and principles like Umoja, Sankofa, and Ubuntu, we will gather together to grow across generations. The African Descent community thrives most when gathered. This event is meant for our siblings in the pulpits, pews, and brunch.
In the early 2000s, African Descent Ministries supported the Proclaim the Power event, inviting leaders from across the community to bask in powerful preaching while being equipped with the essentials for ministry. The event had a lasting impact on one of the largest generations of leaders in the church. Reflecting on how much culture has shifted since then, we are reminded of how important it is for us to reclaim our space. The Reclaim gathering concentrates on the tool kit for ministry as we muddle through a pandemic, climate change, and an era of preserving the spiritual and emotional wellness of healers. The church needs healthy and whole preachers and teachers, financial professionals and tech support, equipping of young adults, and culturally relevant approaches to the Word.
Grounded in scripture, this gathering seeks to help participants feel Embodied, emboldened, and liberated in their identities. Over the four day gathering, participants will engage in workshops, shared meals, praise and worship designed to build and strengthen community, teach new skills, share resources and rejuvenate weary souls. Follow us on social media as we announce our workshop leaders and keynote speakers. Join African Descent Ministries and our community on September 14th through the 17th in Minneapolis, MN.MORE INFO & REGISTRATION CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Early Bird Registration is available through April 30, 2023 at $350
General Registration is available May 1, 2023 through July 15, 2023 at $400
Registration after July 15, 2023 at $500
Mission Support Storytelling
Join us Tuesday,April 18,for aMISSION SUPPORT STORYTELLINGgathering,with sessions on Zoomat12:30p.m.or 6:30p.m. Central time. We are offering the session twice,so choose the time that works best for you and come ready to engage in ourMissionSupport stories as well as share your own MissionSupport stories! Join ZoomMeeting: elcafoundation.zoom.us/j/9949451297
Meeting ID: 994 945 1297
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ELCA Rostered Minister's Gathering
As a Rostered Minister in the ELCA, you are invited to join colleagues under the theme of "Rekindle the gift within you (2 Timothy 1:6)." Let this gathering be an opportunity for you to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive yourself. Gathering with colleagues from across the church for fellowship, renewal, continuing education, worship, bible study and refreshment for your spirit. All rostered ministers are invited (active in call, on leave from call, awaiting call, retired). Each day will begin in worship as we center ourselves around our theme. Each morning, we will offer bible studies and keynote speakers. The afternoon hours will offer a variety of individual options from activity in the Interaction Center to workshops and caucus times. https://elca.org/rmg
The Upcoming 2023 Festival of Homiletics: "Preaching Hope for a Weary World”
"Preaching Hope for a Weary World" is the Festival’s response to the hardships and heaviness that have been our reality the last few years. In these wearying days, what is our call to preach? Hope. The Festival of Homiletics 2023 will inspire us to a renewed sense of our radical calling. Our weary world needs us, preachers. Come renew, refresh, and recharge your spirit! Click here for more information.