Fall Leadership Gathering 2023
A gathering of leaders serving in the Nebraska Synod as pastors, PMAs, deacons, Faith Formation directors and in other key staff positions.
Why Does This Matter? An Invitation to the Fall Leadership Gathering
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Matthew 9: 37-38
Most years following our Fall Gathering event, the synod staff have sent out a survey to everyone who attended, asking for feedback on how things went. What has been interesting to me is that the feedback each year is usually the same. Around a third of the participants wish there had been more time devoted to intellectual, scholarly pursuits such as a debate on theology. Another third wish there had been more time devoted to practical ministry matters, such as new innovative thinking on reshaping the church. And another third wish there had been more quality time together with colleagues. All three of these areas are equally important of course. But this perennial conundrum of what content to include in our Fall Event led me to ask a much bigger question: Why do we gather once a year in the first place? Is it a theology conference? A strategy meeting for future church? A chance to vent and destress with likeminded colleagues? Continue Reading