Relationships are key in our district's mission movement, New Starts…New Believers, and it starts with relationships among church workers. Being with each other helps "unstick the stuck" when ministry gets baffling, promotes involvement that assimilates and mentors new district workers, and helps people in ministry recharge their spiritual batteries.
These opportunities help church workers connect, build relationships and gain skills for the Lord's mission:
Coaching - District Mission Facilitators and other trained coaches through CoachAdvance meet one-on-one (often by phone) with individual district church workers to help those who are committed to accomplishing their mission and ministry goals.
Learning Communities - From time to time, district Mission Facilitators organize learning communities around specific mission targets. This year they are working with pastor/principal missional teams. Watch for Learning Community opportunities and, if invited, please say yes.
Parish Professionals - This diverse group encompasses commissioned and non-rostered individuals who work in parish ministry beyond the typical teaching or pastor roles, including DCEs and youth leaders. Let us know that you are interested in receiving the newsletter with meeting dates. Print 2016-17 schedule
Parish Administrators - If you have administrative responsibilities for your church or school or serve as the business manager, this gathering every other month covers it all. For information on meetings, contact the NID business manager.
Parish Communicators - This group meets every other month to give encouragement and resources to individuals with a staff or volunteer role in parish or school communications. Contact the NID communications office to receive emails with meeting dates. There also is an NID Communicators closed group on Facebook. Search NID Communicators and request to join.
School Groups - If you are a Lutheran school administrator, early childhood director or admissions director in the district, you are encouraged to join one of the school ministry peer groups. View Educator Conferences for scheduled dates. They also are announced in the district's school e-newsletter. Contact our Lutheran School office for more information.
LinkedIn - The district LinkedIn group is called "New Starts…Bew Believers" and shares tips and tools for work and mission outreach. Send us a request to join via your LinkedIn account.
Pastors and Educators - Please don't neglect your circuit, regional and district gatherings as announced. Regional pastor conferences are in the fall with a general pastor conference in the spring. The annual educator conference is held in October and suspended in the year the national Lutheran Education Association meets.
Other groups that form locally and hold events in the district often share their gatherings in the district's e-newsletter, the Parish Resource Connection. Let us know you want to receive it and then watch for information on various professional groups.