The Dandelion Project: Selecting Your Congregation’s Team

Are you considering applying for a place in The Dandelion Project? This two-year vitality journey with Pastor Dave Daubert and others is designed to provide a framework for congregational discernment, discovery, and growth. A key part of the process is identifying a team of your rostered leader(s) and congregation members who...

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ELCA Youth Gathering Information Sessions

We’ve all seen it this year: God’s love for us is beyond our wildest dreams. Maybe the Spirit knew something was afoot when the ELCA chose the theme for the 2022 Youth Gathering, Boundless: God beyond measure. The Gathering is in Minneapolis in July of 2022 when 30,000 youth from...

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The Dandelion Project – Applications Now Being Accepted

The Discipling/Evangelizing Table is facilitating The Dandelion Project, a personal and congregational renewal journey over the next two years. Congregations can apply by August 13, 2021 to be included in the first cohort. For more information on the Dandelion Project, see this flyer (PDF) and watch the introductory webinar video...

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Welcome Pastor Mitch Phillips!

Bishop Barbins is delighted to announce that Pastor Mitch Phillips will be joining your Synod Staff as the Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership. You will be able to greet him at Synod Assembly; his first official day is June 21st. Pastor Phillips grew up in Columbus, Ohio – but...

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Pre-Assembly Documents Posted

The 2021 Northeastern Ohio Synod Education Day and Assembly (June 11 and 12) – is fast-approaching! Registration closes on May 30, 2021. Pre-Assembly Materials (general information, business items, and reports) are now posted on the Assembly webpage.

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ELCA Open Doors Grants

Beginning April 21, your congregation is invited to apply for an Open Doors grant. Open Doors is a new initiative to support ELCA congregations interested in meeting new people during this time of re-gathering in physical spaces. Together as the ELCA, we share a ministry goal of connecting with a million new people and...

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Farewell Announcement: Pastor Karl Biermann

It is with decidedly mixed feelings that we announce Pastor Karl Biermann, Assistant to the Bishop, has taken a new call with the ELCA Foundation. You can read Pastor Biermann’s letter here. We will miss Pastor Biermann’s dedication and passion for ministry in the Northeastern Ohio Synod, but wish him...

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Attend the virtual Explore Ministry Event

Are you curious about where the Holy Spirit might be leading you? Are you feeling a sense of call to serve the church in a new way? Has any anyone ever suggested that you would make a good pastor, deacon, or other type of church leader? Do you feel God’s...

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Pastoral Letter from Bishop Allende

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows so that we can comfort others in their sorrows with the consolation we ourselves have received from God.”  [2 Corinthians 1:3-4] Dear...

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