Congregation Council Orientations

Feb. 16 @7P; Feb. 18 @10A; Feb. 19 @4P

Congratulations! You have been elected to your Congregation Church Council! Let us help orientate you with information to make you a better leader. Please register for one of the three trainings (Feb. 16 @ 7 PM; Feb. 18 @ 10 AM; OR Feb. 19 @ 4 PM).
When you have completed your registration and before hitting the submit button, make sure you check the box that says "send me a copy of my responses" so that you receive the Zoom link for each of the training. One zoom link for all training. We will send out a reminder closer to each training date. For more information, contact Deacon Darcy at 830-379-9900 ext. 15. 
To help the Office of the Bishop communicate with Congregation Council Leaders, it is important to update your leadership information here
Congregational Vitality Learning Community Taster Event Follow Up

As the body of Christ, we are much stronger in our ministry and witness when we see one another relationally, connected, interdependent, as a network! As part of our synod vitality strategy, we are gathering congregations and leaders into cohorts, or learning communities, to journey together on the way of Jesus and congregational vitality. Through a grant from the ELCA Christian Community and Leadership Home Area, we are partnering with several organizations that specialize in facilitating learning communities to offer opportunities for congregations to strengthen their ministry and witness in the areas of discipleship and community engagement, stewardship and generosity, strategic planning, and faith in daily life.

Thank you for joining leaders across the Southwestern Texas Synod for the virtual taster event that was held on Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. We discovered ways to nurture vitality in our congregation by being invited into a learning community.


Interested in learning more about learning community options? Check out the opportunities and learn more about our partners here.

  • LEAD Journey - A transformational experience that grows a congregational culture of vitality and bold witness for Jesus through deepening discipleship, listening and partnering with neighbors, clarifying mission and purpose, and building connections with diverse people and communities.  
  • Stewardship for All Seasons with GSB - Rostered ministers and congregational leaders learn tried and true principles and effective methodologies to carry out productive stewardship year-round resulting in more money for ministry, more energized stewards, and a culture of generosity.     
  • Strategic Planning Learning Community with LEAD – Congregations collaborating to design their strategic plan, with an end product that includes goals, metrics, and implementation plans for the next two years.   
  • Life of Faith Initiative – Empowers congregational leaders to put the ministry of the baptized in the arenas of daily life at the center of the congregation’s purpose, to recognize and affirm the ministry God is already doing in our daily roles and relationships, and to live into the reality that the church exists both as a gathered and a scattered people. 

If you are interested in the LEAD Journey, LEAD Strategic Planning, or Stewardship for all Seasons with GSB, contact Pastor Chris Steubing.

If you are interested in the Life of Faith Initiative, contact Deacon Darcy Mittelstaedt.

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Leadership Convo

This year we had a convocation occurring simultaneously in three locations; Triumphant Love in Austin, Zion in San Antonio, and Galilean in Corpus Christi. The Zoom link was also available to join digitally. Together we explored liminal spaces, aided by the wisdom of Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis.

Resources for Leadership Convo

YouTube Bible Study  |  Study Guide

Worship Bulletin  |  Dwelling in the Word

Presentation Slides: Living in the Hyphen | Jay's PPTTexas Demographics | Judy's PPT

Dia de los Muertos Explanation

Reflection Questions: the Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis | Dr. Judy Hoffmann | Take Home Questions