From Partnership to Mission: A Global & Local Journey

Saturday, September 28 | 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Roseville Lutheran Church - 1215 Roselawn Ave W, Roseville, MN 55113


Online registration is closed, but you may still register on-site on Saturday!


The Saint Paul Area Synod is committed to building partnerships that are local, global and mutually transformative. Join us for a day of relationship building and learning around the call to respond to God's amazing grace in our local and global work!


After attending this event, participants will:

  • Identify common language for engaging in God’s Mission locally and globally
  • Have greater awareness of opportunities and challenges in intercultural ministry
  • Return to their congregations with tools to carry these conversations and information forward in their home communities.


"From Partnership to Mission" includes worship, plenary sessions, learning tracks and lunch.

Worship will include inspiring music from a multitude of cultures and communities led by a "glocal" (global + local) team of musician-educators. The morning plenary session will highlight the "why" of accompaniment and explore our theological affirmations about mission; the afternoon plenary session will highlight the "so what" of accompaniment and zero-in on the real-world implications of our beliefs and actions.


The learning tracks are led by mission practitioners from across the country. Click here for bios of the facilitators. The tracks are designed to help participants connect the theory/practice of accompaniment with specific areas of ministry and congregational life. Participants will follow one learning track over the course of the day. To make the most of this event, congregations are encouraged to send several representatives.

Learning Tracks

Track & FacilitatorDescription
AMMPARO: Walking with Migrant Communities
Facilitators: Mary Campbell, Alaide Vilchis Ibarra, Rev. Ron Werner
Provides leaders with resources to become a Welcoming Congregation and accompany migrants who are creating a new life here in the Twin Cities. Empowers congregations to be advocates for immigrant community members.

Watch a video message from Mary Campbell
Being Neighborly in a Changing Neighborhood
Facilitator: Kelly Chatman
Equips participants to engage their local community - BOTH going out to meet neighbors (evangelism) and providing a profound welcome to the congregation (hospitality).
Intergenerational & Intercultural Faith Formation
Facilitator: The Rev. Heather Roth Johnson
Provides guidance in building communities that encourage learning and the sharing of faith between ages and cultures
Money and Mission – The Elephant in the Room
Facilitator: Marie Anne Sliwinski
Explores power dynamics involved with money in global and local mission and best practices to follow in light of accompaniment values. (Of special interest to mission teams and financial decision makers.)

Watch a video message from Marie Anne Sliwinski
Multicultural Ministry with Youth and Young Adults
Facilitators: Jason Reed, Carlos Cuevas
Examines how to move from mono- to multi-cultural mindsets and practices. (Of special interest to leaders who work with youth and young adults.)

Watch a video message from Jason and Carlos
Worship & Culture
Facilitator: Dr. Abe Caceras
Explores bias in worship and ways to craft multicultural worship services. (Of special interest to musicians and worship leaders/planners.)





This event is sponsored by the Saint Paul Area Synod in collaboration with ELCA Global Mission




The registration fee is $25 per person and includes all of the day's activities plus lunch. Online registration is now closed; please register at the door. **NOTE: As part of the registration process, participants will select their top three choices of tracks for the day. Please review the options above and determine your first, second and third choices before starting the registration process.**


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