“Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life,” the final Expanding Your Ministry Toolbox course in 2023, will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Zoom. It is open to all.

In many of our churches we look back at how things were, be it to the 1950s where our churches were full or to 2019 pre-pandemic, and pray, hope, wish that we could go back to the way things were when people flocked into our sanctuaries and gathered for our programs. We sense the loss of people, programs, finances, and more, and we grieve.

In this course, Michael Girlinghouse, the interim chaplain for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will lead participants in exploring how congregations can work through their grief as we mourn the “used-to-be’s” and embrace God’s new future by “remembering forward.”

If your church has experienced loss of people, programs, finances, etc. this course is for you! Anyone who is interested is invited to participate in this course. The cost per person is $40 (if this is a hardship, please contact susan_sharp_campbell@hotmail.com). The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 16. To register online and pay with a credit card, use the form below. To pay by check, you will find the registration form here to be completed and mailed in with your payment.