Tool Kit for Congregational Leaders

Tool Kit for Congregational Leaders is an annual gathering for congregational leaders, typically held in February. After a day of workshops and networking, leaders go back to their congregations equipped with new resources, ideas and connections!


While the workshop topics vary from year to year, they cover a wide range of areas relevant to both church staff and lay leaders, such as: stewardship and finances, leadership, faith formation, creation care, facilities and safety, worship, children/youth ministry, communications and more.


We encourage churches to send multiple attendees so that they reap the benefits of hearing the majority of the sessions. Tool Kit is especially important to church council members! Learn more about our 2020 event and access presenters' handouts and view the photo gallery.


Conference Assemblies

For convenience, Tool Kit is held in conjunction with the synod's Conference Assemblies. The assemblies are an opportunity for the six geographical regions of our synod to gather and caucus (which may include electing representatives, considering resolutions, and hearing about activities in the synod). For a list of conferences & congregations visit: The conference deans lead these gatherings. Depending upon the year and situation, a conference may or may not hold elections for dean, nominating committee, synod council representative and ELCA churchwide assembly. Each congregation in the synod has a set number of votes for conference assembly. View the voter allocation chart.