Join pastors, deacons, and ministry professionals from around the synod for a two-day conference about leadership during difficult times. Keynote speakers will be Rev. Eric Barreto and Rev. Jack Shitama and Rev. Phil Hirsch, Executive Director of the ELCA Domestic Mission Unit.

The conference will be offered both in-person and online. The committee will be monitoring COVID-19 trends to determine if it’s possible to safely gather in September. If it’s not safe to gather, the event will be held online.

Monday, September 20 -Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Lutheran Church of Hope

West Des Moines and Online

Registration is $65 per person regardless of in-person or online attendance. Registrants will be able to change registration from in-person to online depending on COVID-19 protocols as they are comfortable.

Registration coming soon

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.


Monday, September 20

9:30 AM         In-person check-in opens. Online meetings will begin 15 minutes before the first session.

10:00 AM       Morning session

12:00 PM        Break for Lunch

12:50 PM        Afternoon session

2:00 PM          Break

2:15 PM          Afternoon session

3:15 PM          Break

3:45 PM-         Worship

5:00 PM          Dinner/ Close for the Day

Tuesday, September 21

8:30 AM         Morning Session

10:15 AM       Break

10:30 AM       Morning Session

11:45 AM       Sending Service/Closing