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2023 NT-NL Synod Assembly


Tentative timeframe: Starting Friday, April 28, at 1pm, and ending Saturday, April 29, by 3pm (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch included).

The Assembly Refence Materials (including the tentative agenda) can be found here: https://www.ntnl.org/2023-assembly-reference-materials/. Updates will likely be made up to the week of Assembly as additional details are confirmed, reports are received, and more. If current documents change, that will be noted so that you can be sure you have the latest version of everything.

Synod Council will meet Friday morning at 9am (specific location will be communicated to Synod Council members the week of Assembly).

Location: Bally’s Shreveport Casino & Hotel (formerly named Eldorado), 451 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, LA 71101

Book your hotel room online here by April 16 for our guaranteed reduced rate: https://ballysshreveport.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=2437&mode=b&pm=true&sr=804983&vr=3
Please use this link in order for your room to count toward our contracted room block, which also allows for reduced costs for all of us for the meeting space and meals.
The synod has negotiated a significantly-reduced room rate for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights of Assembly.
You may notice that part of the negotiated room rate includes a resort fee. This provides parking access and wifi in your room at no additional charge.
(It may be possible to check in early. You can make that request directly with the hotel. This is not guaranteed. | Check out is at 11am. It may be possible to get a one-hour extension to check out by 12noon. You can make that request directly with the hotel. This is not guaranteed.)

Keynote speakers: Pastor Joe and Deacon Jess Liles

Topics: Holy experimentation, growing a church through a global pandemic, all kinds of ways to connect with all kinds of people, and more!

Bio: Pastor Joe and Deacon Jess Liles planted The Neighborhood Church (ELCA) in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2012. The Neighborhood Church has a unique vision to “Change Church. Create Relationship.” Changing Church is a reality that moved The Neighborhood from a school cafeteria to a store front in between a Gym and a Mexican restaurant to a horse arena, stable, and barn. The Neighborhood has also embraced change in ministry with Pastor Joe and Deacon Jess establishing relationships with seminaries to create courses and pilot programs for LIFEgroups, church leadership, and bible studies. Currently, they are working on launching The Neighborhood Church University, a collaborative effort to lead and learn alongside the local church through conferences, courses, and curriculum for children’s ministry. Pastor Joe and Deacon Jess are surrounded by their two children: Caylee (12), an aspiring singer and volleyball player, and Landen (10), a future YouTube star. Their favorite time together outside their church work involves bringing the kids out in the camper to National Parks across the US and taking hikes to secluded waterfalls.

Check out their recent Courageous Leadership presentation via ELCA Coaching: Leadership Challenges in a Digital Ministry Presence.

Offering: Half of the offering will go to the NT-NL Eastern Conference for hosting us, and the other half of the offering will go to the NT-NL Synod for transition support for congregations.

Churchwide representative: Javier Goitia

Important note regarding Voting Members: Congregations shall be allotted additional voting members as follows: up to 500 baptized members, two voting members; 501 – 750 baptized members, 3 voting members; 751 – 1000 baptized members, 4 voting members; 1001 or more baptized members, 5 voting members. Selection of the voting members by the congregation shall be on the basis of the most recently submitted annual parochial report and shall adhere to male – female formula outlined in +S7.21.c. Any congregation allotted an additional youth voting member under S7.21.01 need not consider such additional youth voting member as one of their additional voting members under this resolution. (https://www.ntnl.org/resources/nt-nl-synodical-constitution/)

Registration closed April 16. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON-SITE. You may contact jason@ntnl.org with questions.

2023 Synod Assembly Fee Schedule:
Voting Member Early Bird (until March 1) = $175
Voting Member Regular (March 2 – April 16) = $225
Retired Rostered Voting Member Early Bird (until March 1) = $125
Retired Rostered Voting Member Regular (March 2 – April 16) = $150
Visitor Early Bird (until March 1) = $75
Visitor Regular (March 2 – April 16) = $100
Meals provided with registration = 3 (three) – Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch

Sponsor display space, along with coffee, water, and snacks, will be in an adjoining room from our meeting and plenary space. Vendor and Displayer costs include access to the same three meals offered to attendees.
For travel planning purposes, Vendors and Displayers may set up on Thursday (this will need to be coordinated with us) or starting at 8am on Friday, and you will need to be out of the space within 2 hours after the closing of Assembly. Full details will be communicated to all registered sponsors closer to Assembly.

Additional details will be posted here as they are confirmed.


April 28
April 29
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