Forums, Workshops & Retreats with
Bishop Mike or Pastor Liz
We thank God for you, for your faithfulness in responding to God’s call to be leaders in your congregation. It is a good call, but not always an easy one. Knowing this, God sends the Holy Spirit who brings us together as synod, as church together. You and I are not alone in this!
Some of the ways we can encourage each other is through shared learning, inspired conversations, and dedicated space for listening to God’s direction. Recognizing this, we (Bishop Mike and Pastor Liz) after many conversations with congregation leaders in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, are offering to lead forums, workshops, and retreats designed to build up the ministry of your members and congregation.
Enclosed is a list of forums, workshops, and retreats that we are excited to offer your congregation or cluster. If you would like to explore a topic not mentioned, please reach out to one of us. One of benefits of being part of a small synod is that we can tailor make our resources.
We’d like to thank you. One, thank you for the ministry you are doing – we can’t all reach out in Christian love where you are, you do that on behalf of the whole Church. Two, thank you for inviting us into partnership with you; it is a joy to preach, lead worship, and enter into deep conversations about life and ministry! Lastly, thank you for the ways you faithfully support the ministry we do together as the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod. It is the financial support of the congregations of our synod that make it possible for us to travel, to be with you, and to offer these workshops, forums, and retreats free of charge!
Please consider inviting each of us to preach, worship, and lead a forum, workshop or retreat.
Three formats for engaging a topic, conversation or issue:
45 -90 minutes
An introduction and taste --
Great for before or after worship on Sundays
2-4 hours/half day
A chance to dig a little deeper
A relaxed time for more comprehensive engagement