Rethinking Stewardship

Since stewardship is about so much more than money and the congregation's budget, why do we only talk about it once a year? This conference will encourage participants to consider how they might incorporate stewardship into the life of their congregation beyond the fall campaign. Together, we will imagine new ways to celebrate God's abundance and all that God has entrusted into our care--money and so much more. Whether you are just beginning a stewardship ministry in your congregation or already have a year-round stewardship plan in place, you will receive stimulating ideas and practical suggestions.


Terence E. and Faith L. Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology

Come join us for the inaugural Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology! Walter Brueggemann will be delivering his lecture, "Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away." This presentation will consider efforts in the church to deny the Old Testament and explore what is at stake in it for the church. Brueggemann will propose that its cruciality is found in the God who inhabits the text, a God who, in contrast, keeps the future open, engages in dialogic freedom, and subverts unbearable presents. The denial (or engagement with) the Old Testament is never a disinterested matter, but is always a matter that concerns material interests as well as well as intellectual probity.


  • Mid-Winter Convocation 







  • Word & World Lecture  The Word & World lectures focus on topics important to Christian ministry in today's world. 


  • Previews  A time for high school students to explore their gifts for ministry, callings and various ministry opportunities
  • Celebration of Biblical Preaching  A time for pastors and preachers to reflect on their ministry and be creatively inspired in order to return to their work re-energized for the task of proclaiming the Good News
  • Andrew S. Burgess Lecture in Global Mission  The task of the Burgess lectures is to interpret today's global mission in light of the Christian tradition, the historical experience of the church, and the contemporary situation in the world
  • Singing the Faith Hymn Festival  A service of hymns and readings celebrating the Lutheran Reformation


  • Dokimazo  A time for college students and post-college professionals to share their stories and discern their invitation to Christian public leadership.