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Renew! 2017  focused on equipping congregations to follow Jesus into a changing world through engaging in difficult conversations. Our goal for this year’s event is to inspire participants to develop the skills that will enable them to thoughtfully engage in crucial conversations. These interactions happen in our congregation, communities, and personal relationships. 

This year’s facilitator, Rev. Eva Jensen, shared, “We find ourselves struggling with differences. People are afraid to have conversations with conflict and differences. We are afraid of disagreement…It is important to find ways to talk to each other and be authentic human beings.”

RENEW! will be a space to learn new ways to hear and new ways to speak. RENEW! is a chance to reflect on the importance of conversation in our lives. We encourage rostered leaders to bring their whole council and other lay leaders to this event! Congregations will experience what’s called a “focused conversation” and will leave with resources, information, and inspiration. 

RENEW! Location: Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN 55902

RENEW! Schedule:

  • 2:00 – Worship (with Mary Kay DuChene being consecrated as a deacon and installed as Assistant to the Bishop)
  • 2:45 – Opening Session with Bishop Delzer, Rev. Peter Soli, and Rev. Eva Jensen
  • 3:15 – Break
  • 3:30 – Facilitated Small Groups
  • 4:30 – Closing Session & Feedback
  • 4:45 – Conference Assemblies (for some conferences) 

Information about Rev. Eva Jensen: ELCA pastor and ICA Certified ToP® Facilitator, Rev. Eva Jensen is an interim pastor in the Minneapolis Area Synod and organizational consultant providing facilitative leadership to congregations, ministry organizations and non-profit agencies in strategic planning, contextual and organizational assessment, short-term action planning, program planning and evaluation, team building among staff and in governing bodies, and conflict mediation.

Conference Assembly Information:

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Promotional Resources:

  • Printable poster (PDF)
  • Promotional image (JPG)

For those interested in doing additional reading on this theme before or after the event, book suggestions include “The Little Book of Cool Tools for Hot Topics” by Ron Kraybill and Evelyn Wright, and “The Art of Focused Conversation” edited by R. Brian Stanfield.

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