Conferences and gatherings
Body of Christ, family of faith: the church. Ecclesia: those called out of the world and dedicated to new life in Christ. Koinonia: fellowship of believers. As people belonging to Jesus through baptism and through faith that’s alive by the power of God’s Holy Spirit, we are called to be together in worship, prayer, fellowship, and service.
You know it: it’s easier than ever to form and be active in community—even if what you’re in is a virtual community. We know it too: things like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have redefined what community means for all of us (and are continuing to do so!). In a sense, more of us are in more of each other’s lives—and it’s become as natural and comfortable a thing as slipping into a pair of TOMS.
Can we draw strength from that—and, in that context, from each other? We believe so. We invite you, whenever you like—whenever you can!—to plug into and help form and strengthen community among young-adult believers! Together we can do great things to help build up the body of Christ.
One of the best ways to do that is by coming together for learning, fellowship, worship and service. Currently we offer two kinds of “gathering” opportunities:
Campus Ministry Leadership Conference
The winter Campus Ministry Leadership Conference is an annual event that brings together campus ministry workers and student leaders—most of them from the upper Midwest—for a Friday evening and Saturday. The purpose has been to strengthen and encourage these leaders in their ministry to Lutheran students and their witness to students, faculty and staff in the campus community who need to know Jesus Christ. Is it time for an (annual!) leadership gathering event in your region?
It was he [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:11-16)