The Tri-Synodical Fall Conference will be held in West Des Moines, September 22-24, 2019. Deacons Jeremy Myers from Augsburg University and Chelle Huth from United Seminary will serve as keynote speakers under the theme “Faith Formation as Shared Mission.” Additionally, ELCA Secretary Chris Boerger will also be present and will both present at a session and preach and preside at the Monday evening worship service.

They write about this theme, “Faith formation is the mission of the church. It is a responsibility we all share regardless of age, abilities, and gifts. Historically, faith formation has started inside the congregation: in our core beliefs, in our worship, in our stories. We are in a new day and age in which faith formation must begin outside our congregation, in our communities as we seek to proclaim good news in the public square for the common good.” The conference will be broken into four sessions:

  • Proclaiming Good News (Faith Formation as forming people to receive, trust, and share the good news)
  • Proclaiming Good News in Public (Faith formation as a public act)
  • Proclaiming Good News in Public Together (Faith formation as an intergenerational/congregational endeavor)
  • Proclaiming Good News in Public Together in New Ways (Faith formation as innovation and risk-taking)

The event is open to pastors and deacons as well as congregational program staff in the Northeastern Iowa, Southeastern Iowa, and Western Iowa Synods.

Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, September 22

Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines
4:00 pm Registration

Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave, Clive
*Note name tags and registration materials are picked up at the Sheraton before arriving at Faith Lutheran Church
5:30 pm Buffet Meal
6:30 pm Announcements and Introductions
6:45 pm Evening Prayer led by Northeastern Iowa Synod
7:30 pm Synod Bishops each meet with their synod’s participants

Monday, September 23

Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines
7:00 am Breakfast on your own
8:30 am Devotions led by Southeastern Iowa Synod/Welcome and Announcements
9:00 am Presentation
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Presentation
Noon Lunch in the Atrium
1:00 pm Presentation by Secretary Boerger
2:00 pm Free Time
OR
2:15 pm Optional Presentation by Pastor Katharine Yarnell
“Stewardship in Changing Times”
2:30 pm Those who want to sing with the Faith Lutheran Church Choir at the Monday Evening Communion service are invited to a rehearsal

             Dinner on your own

Faith Lutheran Church, 10395 University Ave, Clive
7:30 pm Worship – Secretary Chris Boerger, Preaching and Presiding

Tuesday, September 24

Sheraton Hotel, West Des Moines
7:00 am Breakfast on your own
8:30 am Devotions led by Western Iowa Synod/Welcome and Announcements
9:00 am Presentation
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Presentation
11:45 am Sending Service led by Western Iowa Synod
12:00  Buffet Lunch

Lodging Details

Registrants to the conference are offered a special group rate at the Sheraton, West Des Moines, of $102 per night between Sunday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 24.

The last day to book rooms at the group rate is September 8, 2019.

Book your room online