Assembly began Friday morning with an opening worship led by assembly musicians Emily Norris (Augsburg, Winston-Salem), Matt Simpkins (Christ-South, Charlotte), Warren Keyes (Holy Trinity, Raleigh), and Clifford Badgley (Good Shepherd, Raleigh). With prayer, song, and praise, rostered ministers who entered the Church Triumphant during the last year were remembered. (more…)
Assembly attendees participated in a “Reformers Reading Romans” lesson during the Friday afternoon session. Offered as a joint effort from the Book of Faith and Reformation 500 Task Groups, the summer reading program will begin on July 9 and continue with daily readings and devotional messages reading through the book of Romans together. (more…)
“We are blessed, indeed,” Bishop Smith proclaimed with genuine gratitude during the Saturday morning session as he invited the CEOs and representatives of nine affiliated Agencies and Institutions of the NC Synod to join him on stage. Each were introduced by name and praised for their excellent leadership in truly “being the church” with us here in the NC Synod. (more…)
In Friday’s afternoon session, Bishop Smith led congregational conversations around Options for Congregations to Move from “at risk” to Risking for Mission. An “at risk” congregation is one where the question of sustainability and viability is raised. (more…)
The Holy Spirit blew mightily through the whole of our worship experience!
We gathered for worship at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, our ecumenical partners and gracious hosts for the evening. So, even before the first musician arrived to rehearse, the Spirit was drawing us together in Christian unity across denominations. (more…)
Bishop Tim Smith offered reflections on God’s movement in and through the NC Synod in the past year from the same ballroom where he received the Spirit’s call to serve as bishop two years ago. To begin, he offered many thanks–to God, his family, and his fellow workers who do so much of the work of the synodical expression of our church. (more…)
The Rev. Jeff Thiemann, President and CEO of Portico Benefit Services, brought greetings to assembly in the Friday afternoon session. Portico is a ministry of the ELCA that serves church workers financially and emotionally so that they are able to serve others. (more…)
The Rev. Heidi Torgerson, Director for Global Service in the ELCA Global Mission unit, brought greetings to the assembly from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. She leads the team that recruits, calls, trains, and supports some 230 ELCA missionaries in nearly 50 countries around the world. Pastor Torgerson shared the “Top 10 Reasons to be an ELCA Lutheran.” (more…)
Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD, led a fascinating Thursday afternoon session full of book recommendations galore as she walked through the Leadership Landscape, a framework for leaders to measure faith-in-practice within congregations, and even themselves. Is a congregation/leader more complacent or courageous? (more…)
Sandra Cline, our synod’s ELCA Youth Gathering coordinator, led a pre-assembly afternoon session to prepare leaders for the upcoming 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Gathering questions were answered by Emily Norris, Heather Langan, Liz Fisher, and Tammy Jones West.