Our Equipping the Saints webinars are one of the ways we connect with our congregations, leaders, and members over a variety of topics and discussions. Our regular webinars take place twice monthly every first and third Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to join Bishop Joy Mortensen-Wiebe for conversation. All rostered leaders will receive an email with the link to join the webinar on the morning of the scheduled webinar.
These and other special webinars are announced in our weekly What Matters e-Newsletter and are generally open to all in our synod who are interested in said topic. Feel free to send your suggestions for topics or specific questions to Robyn Zimmerman, Executive Assistant to the Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you were on a particular webinar and would like to review the information shared, or you were unable to attend live, recordings of most of our past webinars are available below.
“Celebrating Earth Day” with Rev. Nick Utphall and our synod Care for Creation Team
“Meet Marie Leafblad, our new Associate to the Bishop for Leadership!”
No webinar due to Holy Week; our next webinar will be held on April 6, 2021
“The Hybrid Church” with Special Guest Dave Daubert, Author, “Becoming a Hybrid Church”
“Navigating & Easter Connecting Ideas” with Special Guest Jay Kiel
“Telling The Old Story in a New Way” with Special Guest Rev. Peder Johanson
“The Groundhog Day Effect!” with Special Guest Dr. Dan Feaster
“Conducting Annual Meetings During Pandemic” (Part 2)
“Conducting Annual Meetings During Pandemic” (Part 1)
“Getting to Know Bishop Mortensen-Wiebe” Our New Bishop
“Bullies Got You Down?” Presentation with Barbara Solsaa
Note that due to the nature of the topic of this webinar it was not recorded.
Weekly Webinars with Interim Bishop Rogness
As things are rapidly changing during this time of the pandemic, Bishop Rogness led conversations with rostered ministers and lay leaders of our synod while creating space for us to share ideas and ask questions of the bishop and of each other. These webinars were held weekly beginning May 12 and ending on August 18, 2020. The final webinar led by Bishop Rogness prior to his term as Interim Bishop ending was on September 8, 2020.
Topic: Contextual Conversation During Bishop Rogness’ Final Webinar as Interim Bishop
Topic: Plans for the Fall and Next Steps for Voting Members for Synod Assembly*
Topic: Discussion with Three Former Bishops For Insights Into the Role of Bishop*
Topic: Discussing our Continued Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Topic: “What I Know That I Think You Should Know: Seven Traits to Look For in a Bishop”*
Topic: New Future Vision of the ELCA & Remembering Rev. Peter Steinke
Topic: Connecting Through Worship and Fellowship, and What are we Learning?
Topic: Reactions to Last Weeks webinar with Rev. Everett Mitchell and Synod Assembly
Topic: Continued Idea Sharing for Returning to In-Person Worship & Connecting with Youth
Topic: Best Practices & Idea Sharing for Returning to In-Person Worship
Topic: Congregation Responses to our Current World Events & Context
Topic: Streaming Worship Services & Synod Racial Equity Team
Topic: Continued Conversation Regarding Re-Opening Our Churches
Topic: Re-Opening Our Churches 2 (Second Webinar)
Topic: Re-Opening Our Churches 1 (First Webinar)