1. Emphasize collaborative ministries between and among neighboring ELCA congregations: vacation Bible school, mission trips, men’s Bible studies, women’s retreats, etc.
2. Become a teaching parish for a seminarian or a field study parish for a student’s internship.
3. Provide all synod congregations with at least two top-notch opportunities annually to learn about the latest in worship and Christian education materials and other needed resources, such as congregational audit guidelines.
4. Establish strong conference structures within the synod—including a Web site, ideas about best practices congregations might want to consider and a clergy rotation within the conference for Lenten and Advent worship.
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