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2017 Fall Theological Conference

Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

2017 Fall Theological Conference

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Rostered Leaders Registration
Costs are to be paid by the local congregation; congregations are also encouraged to pay spouse's lodging expenses
Sep 1, 2017 $95.00 $0.00
Lay Minister Registration   more info Sep 1, 2017 $95.00 $0.00
Retired Pastors and Interns   more info Sep 1, 2017 Free $0.00

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  “Creating a Culture of Call Through Seasons of Change”

What does it mean to “Create a Culture of Call” as leaders and communities of faith in the midst of the rhythms of life?  Along with our keynote speakers, wellness workshop opportunities, times of worship, and connecting conversations; we will be exploring this question through seasonal reflection themes: Winter (Active Rest), Spring (Planting with Hope), Summer (Tending to God’s Growth), Fall (Sharing in God’s Faithfulness).  Come, Journey With Us! 



Our keynote speakers this year are Dr. Jacqueline Bussie and Dr. Terri Martinson Elton.


  Dr. Bussie is a Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and also serves   as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life.  She has written several books; one which  recently won the 2017 Gold Medal Illumination Award.




  Dr. Martinson Elton is Associate Professor of Leadership at Luther Seminary, St. Paul,  MN.  Prior to serving at Luther Seminary, she served as Associate to the Bishop in the Saint  Paul Area Synod and at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.  Terri has also authored and co-authored numerous works in the areas of congregational leadership,  missiology, leading change, youth ministry, and faith formation.


After our time together, you’ll return home inspired and equipped to bring this theme into your congregations.



Monday, September 11

1:00pm Check-in Opens

2:00pm: First Call Theological Group Meeting

3:00pm: Opening Worship

4:30pm: Keynote

6:00pm Dinner

7:15pm Bishops Hour

Fellowship to Follow


Tuesday, September 12

7:00am: Meditational Yoga

7:30am: Breakfast

8:15am: Keynote

10:15am: Break

10:30am: Keynote

12:30pm: Lunch

1:30-6:00pm Free Time 

(NEW THIS YEAR!  Optional workshops during free time: Enneagram, Spirital Journey: MICAH, Reiki)

  •  1:30pm-2:30pm: Workshops Session #1
  •  2:45pm-3:45pm: Workshops Session #2
  •  4:00pm: Wine and Cheese Social- Hosted by Melbergs

 6:00pm: Dinner

7:00pm: Keynote Session

8:00pm: Healing Service

Fellowship to Follow


Wednesday, September 13

7:00am: Morning Meditation

7:30am: Breakfast

8:30am: Keynote

10:45am: Break

11:00am: Closing Worship

12:00pm: Lunch and Departure (To-Go lunches will be available)


 ***Reminder there are two steps to register for this event.***

Register with Eventbrite to pay your conference fee. 

Call Fair Hills Resort at 1-800-323-2849 to make arrangements for your lodging and meals.  


COSTS (includes lodging and meals):

  •  $221/person for the full session (includes 2 nights rooming and 6 meals)

 *Please note, if you have particular roommate requests please indicate them when making your reservation. If you prefer single occupancy, those arrangements can be made, but may affect the cost.

  •  $117/person/night


  • $52/child/night for ages 6-12
  • $34/child/night for ages 1-5
  • Infants are free

 Commuter Rate for Meals:

  • Breakfast: $13
  • Lunch: $17
  • Dinner: $21

Babysitting Rate: $9.50/hr (reservations must be made in advance)

Have questions about 2017 Fall Theological Conference? Contact Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Fair Hills Resort
24270 Co. Hwy 20
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

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