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[LCMSNews] 'Open Arms' conference set for April
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March 10, 2004 .................... LCMSNews -- No. 27
'Open Arms' conference
set for April in Georgia
An "Open Arms" Leadership Conference, focusing on starting
congregations with childcare ministries, will be held April 30-May 2 at
Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alpharetta, Ga., site of the
Synod's first "church-planting-with-childcare" model.
This year's conference, sponsored by the Open Arms Institute,
Loveland, Colo., will feature two learning tracks -- one for those who
are interested in starting a congregation with a childcare facility, and
one for leaders of existing Open Arms ministries.
Dr. Shirley Morgenthaler will speak on "Early Childhood
Education -- An Open Door for the Church." Morgenthaler, chair of the
Teacher Education Department at Concordia University, River Forest,
Ill., also will lead sessions for childcare directors. Other speakers
include Dr. Robert Scudieri, associate executive director, National
Mission TEAM, LCMS World Mission, and Dennis Klussman, vice president of
the Lutheran Church Extension Fund for the Missouri District.
Conference sessions will address church planting, quality in
Christian childcare and financial issues. Separate workshops will be
available for pastors, childcare directors, board chairpersons and
Participants will review the new Open Arms Directors Guide,
Financial Procedures Manual and Personnel Manual. Open Arms member
ministries will receive copies of the manuals.
Registration by the April 7 deadline is $155 for those
representing a member ministry of the Open Arms Institute, and $185 for
non-members. After that date, registration is $195 for Open Arms members
and $235 for non-members. The registration fee includes four meals and a
For more information, or to register, contact Martin Barlau,
executive director of the Open Arms Institute, at (970) 667-3249 or
firstname.lastname@example.org . Or visit the Open Arms Web site at
<http://mbarlau.tripod.com/openarmsinstitute/> (click on
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